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City of Lexington moving forward with master plan parks project

Stu Johnson

Plans are moving forward for the development of new public parkland in southwest Lexington. Design work will focus on land off Parkers Mill Road across the street from the current Cardinal Run Park. Parks and Recreation Director Monica Conrad said land for Cardinal Run North is different than that found in the existing park.

“Has a lot of karst topography, so cave-like topography, if you will. So, in that area, we anticipate seeing more nature trails, and more passive use of the park. So, it won’t be fully developable,” said Conrad.

Still, the park is likely to include trails, playgrounds, a dog park, shelters, and multi-purpose playfields.

The work to develop Cardinal Run North is estimated to cost about $10 million. The plan calls for the city to use federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars. This piece of property has remained undeveloped since the property was given to the city in the 1990s

Community engagement is planned this summer. Construction is scheduled for next year, and the park is expected to open in 2024.

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