Lexington Creek Sweep

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Special Water Week Cleanups! 

From March 21 – 27, join us in celebrating Lexington's creeks during Water Week. You'll have an opportunity to pick up litter cleanup kits at parks throughout the week. Tell us about your cleanup after you're finished to get a Water Week print. 

Litter cleanup kits will be available from noon – 6 p.m. on the following dates and locations: 

  • Sunday, March 21 | Pleasant Ridge Park, 1350 Pleasant Ridge Dr. 
  • Monday, March 22 | Stonewall Park, 3205 Cornwall Dr. 
  • Tuesday, March 23 | Castlewood Park, 201 Castlewood Dr. 
  • Wednesday, March 24 | Wolf Run Park, 1618 Maywick View Lane 
  • Thursday, March 25 | Veterans Park, 650 Southpoint Dr., Shelter #1   
  • Friday, March 26 | Mt. Tabor Park, 550 Elk Lake Dr. 
  • Saturday, March 27 | Meadowthorpe Park, 333 Larch Lane 


Join volunteers throughout Lexington for Creek Sweep, an opportunity to protect our creeks while social distancing. Due to COVID-19, we cannot hold the Kentucky River Clean Sweep. Instead, we are encouraging neighborhood, backyard and park litter cleanups. Rain washes litter into storm drains that lead straight to local creeks. That means clean communities lead to clean creeks! 

Cleanup tips

If you're planning a litter cleanup on your own, please follow these tips. Remember that cleaning up litter anywhere, not just near a creek, helps improve water quality. If it's on the ground, it's in our water! If you don't have a creek nearby in a backyard or a park, you can pick up litter along the sidewalk, in a park or in neighborhood greenspaces. Do not go onto private property without the permission of the property owner.   

  • Wear gloves when picking up litter.
  • Be mindful of traffic and do not walk in roadways.
  • Keep your distance from others not in your household.
  • Wear a mask if you’re cleaning up in a populated area.
  • Watch over young children, especially near roads and creeks.
  • Do not pick up sharp or hazardous objects.
  • After your cleanup, dispose of trash bags and gloves in trash cans. 


Looking for a creek to explore during your cleanup? 

  • Wolf Run Watershed: Gardenside Park, Valley Park
  • Town Branch Watershed: McConnell Springs
  • Cane Run Watershed: Legacy Trail, Kentucky Horse Park
  • East Hickman Watershed: Jacobson Park
  • West Hickman Watershed: Veterans Park, Belleau Woods Park
  • North Elkhorn Watershed: Hisle Farm Park

What is my watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains to the same creek, river or ocean. In Lexington, we have seven urban and two rural watersheds.

What watershed do I live in? 

Several of Lexington's watersheds have volunteer groups. You're welcome to contact any group, whether you live, work or just have an interest in that watershed.