New playground opens at Pine Meadows Park

Mayor Linda Gorton, Councilmember Jennifer Reynolds, Lexington Parks & Recreation staff, and neighborhood families today cut a ribbon to officially open a new playground at Pine Meadows Park.

“We are so excited to open a brand-new playground in Pine Meadows Park,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “This is the first of many playgrounds across the city that will be seeing updates and redesigns over the coming years. Families and kids will be treated to new, exciting play features that are more interactive and accessible than ever before.”

Pine Meadows Park is getting multiple upgrades. In addition to the new playground, the park recently had a new walking trail installed. Coming this fall, the basketball court will be resurfaced as part of sports court repairs funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.

“During the Covid pandemic, Lexington residents spent more time outdoors and, in our parks, than ever before,” said Councilmember Jennifer Reynolds, whose district includes Pine Meadows Park. “Our playgrounds are a vital free resource for families in Lexington, and in the 11th District. I am thrilled that we were able to delegate $10 million in American Rescue Plan federal funding toward our Parks Master Plan, including replacing several outdated playgrounds. When I was running for office the first time several Pine Meadows residents expressed their desire for a new playground. It is an honor to be able to have a ribbon cutting today to celebrate that reality!” The Parks Master Plan details the order of repairs and replacement of playgrounds and amenities.

The new playground at Pine Meadows is the first of many playground upgrades and redesigns coming to Lexington parks funded by the American Rescue Plan. Others include Gardenside, Masterson Station, Northeastern, Pine Meadows, Woodland, Trailwood, Meadowthorpe, Mary Todd, Duncan, and Elizabeth Street parks.

“American Rescue Plan Act funds have allowed us to address much-needed upgrades to playgrounds across the city,” said Parks & Recreation Director Monica Conrad. “Through surveying and community outreach, we have worked with neighborhoods to determine the playground equipment that best suits their wants and needs. These new features will provide a variety of recreational learning opportunities for kids across Lexington.”

Parks & Recreation, a division of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, oversees the programming, maintenance, and development of over 100 city parks and natural areas, six pools, five golf courses, community centers, recreational programs, and three arts venues. To find out more, follow @LexKYParks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up for the email newsletter.