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First in a series of planned park improvements recognized in Lexington

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The first in a series of improvements at Lexington’s Woodland Park is being celebrated. A ribbon-cutting was held to recognize a multi-purpose facility, replacing a half-century-old storage and restroom building. Taking part in the Friday ceremony was Lexington's Parks and Recreation Director of Recreation Adrienne Thakur.

“I spent every day of every summer from kindergarten through 12th grade swimming at this pool. So, I wouldn’t be who I am today without Woodland Park. So, it really honors me to be able to talk about the improvements at this park today,” said Thakur.

Thakur said $1.5 million worth of improvements are planned at Woodland Park. That includes a playground to open this fall, and later a new pool feature, and new pool filter tanks. Thakur said $500,000 will go toward overhauling tennis courts.

The downtown city park is home to a Therapeutic Recreation program for young people with special needs. Jill Farmer is manager of Therapeutic Recreation.

“It’s all about inclusion. It’s all about being a part of their community and having a little bit of ownership and knowing that this is something that they can call their own and this park is important to them and they know they can come back here every year to go to summer camp,” said Farmer.

Federal COVID recovery dollars are going to cover the cost of improvements at Woodland Park.

Here’s more with Jill Farmer who discusses the Therapeutic Recreation Program:

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