Davis Park officially opens in downtown Lexington

Mayor Linda Gorton, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray, Lexington Community Land Trust, Councilmembers, and Lexington Parks & Recreation staff cut a ribbon this morning to officially open Davis Park – a new downtown park located along Oliver Lewis Way.

“We have a lot of exciting projects happening in this neighborhood. No neighborhood is complete without a beautiful park,” Gorton said. “Thank you to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Lexington Community Land Trust, and to our Division of Parks & Recreation.”

Davis Park was funded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the city. The new park replaces a park that was removed due to sewer improvements and the construction of Oliver Lewis Way.

“When we build roads, we take the needs of all people to heart – not just those who drive, but also those who live nearby,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said. “Team Kentucky builds back better by providing safer passageways, more efficient connections, and important community resources like this park.”

Eleventh District Councilmember Jennifer Reynolds said park ribbon-cuttings are one of the most exciting things Councilmembers get to be a part of because parks are meaningful to a large portion of the community. “This park is one that will serve the Davis Park neighborhood here in the 11th District, as well as other nearby residents,” Reynolds said. “A park can be a symbol of hope for the future. This park stands in this historic area to remember the people that were here before it, and to serve as a gathering place for those who frequent it now.”

Byron Mitchell, Lexington Community Land Trust president, and a longtime resident of Davis Park neighborhood, said parks build community. “We are very excited about Davis Park, which is among many transformational projects completed, or currently under construction in the area – including the Lexington Community Land Trust community building, affordable housing apartments, and a workforce development center.” 

Davis Park was built with input from its neighbors, and from people throughout Lexington. EHI Consultants worked with neighbors to prioritize their needs. Additional surveying was done citywide. The community had the opportunity to vote on various options.

“It is such an exciting time for parks in Lexington,” said Monica Conrad , director of Parks & Recreation. “Through support of many partners, our city, and the community, we’re able to bring back Davis Park to our beautiful park system. This park features a unique, fun playground, along with basketball, a multi-use trail, shelter, and open greenspace that can be used for pick-up games, picnics, and numerous activities. We’re excited to welcome people to this wonderful new space.”

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