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Lexington/Richmond

Lexington buying acreage along the Kentucky River for recreational activities

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Stu Johnson
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Lexington Parks and Recreation Director Monica Conrad participated in Thursday's announcement

The city of Lexington plans to purchase 30 acres of land along the Kentucky River. It’s expected to be a "first" when it comes to city parkland.

“I have been working on this project since the first day in the mayor’s office and I’m thrilled it’s finally happened,” said Mayor Gorton.

In fact, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton called this announcement one of the most exciting ones in her tenure.

The new park, near the I-75 bridge, will be passive and serve as a spot to kayak and canoe 12 miles between locks on the river. Mary Quinn Ramer is the VisitLex President and a kayaker. She said a watercraft vendor could set up in the park to offer water safety instruction.

“I have no doubt that an education process will also be a part of what is offered out there. But, on a smooth day, when you don’t have much wind it will be a really peaceful, easy ride,” said Ramer.

Parks and Recreation Director Monica Conrad said it will increase rec space and ease the burden on existing nature parks.

“We anticipate future programs such as interpretive canoe trips, geological water quality and river eco-system programming. Birding from canoes as well as sharing the history of Fayette County’s relationship with the river,” said Conrad.

Mayor Gorton said an opening date has not been determined yet. She added there’s a need for fencing and some cleanup.

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