Brandstetter Carroll Inc. to design Cardinal Run North

Pending approval from the Urban County Council, Lexington-based consulting firm, Brandstetter Carroll Inc. will design the new Cardinal Run Park North Park, scheduled to open in 2024.

“Cardinal Run Park North is going to be a game-changer,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “Large city parks serve the needs of our community in so many ways. We are excited to work with Brandstetter Carroll, based right here in Lexington, to develop a park with something for everyone.”

Community engagement will begin this summer, with construction taking place through 2023, and opening of the new park in 2024.

In keeping with the City’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan, which provides guidance for parks, recreation, open space, and trails in Lexington, Cardinal Run North will offer a wide variety of recreational amenities, including paved and unpaved trails, playgrounds, a dog park, shelters, sports courts, and multi-purpose play fields.

“Cardinal Run Park North is an opportunity for us to execute our mission, which is to build community and enrich life through parks, programs and play,” said Monica Conrad, Director of Parks & Recreation. “This dynamic space will highlight several natural features as part of a nature-focused outdoor programming space in keeping with the scenic qualities of the Versailles Road corridor.”

The improvements at Cardinal Run Park North, estimated at $10.1 million, are being funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Gorton asked the Council to fund Cardinal Run North through the federal funds.

“Cardinal Run North has remained undeveloped since the property was given to the City in the 1990s,” Gorton said. “It’s time for us to make an investment in it so all residents can enjoy it.”

The design will begin with community engagement. Opportunities to participate will be offered to nearby neighbors of the park, as well as other Lexington residents, with a focus on access and equity.

The park design plan will make use of several natural features, including a spring and karst topography.

“The mission of Brandstetter Carroll Inc. is to ‘enhance community and quality of life’ and it is an honor to be selected to accomplish that right here in our hometown,” said Benjamin E. Brandstetter, President of Brandstetter Carroll Inc. “Cardinal Run Park North will fulfill the need for a new community park in Lexington and facilities that were identified by the public in the Parks & Recreation Master Plan.”

The combined size of Cardinal Run Park North and Cardinal Run Park South – 192 acres – will rank it among the top five largest parks in Lexington, along with other popular parks such as Jacobson and Shillito. Cardinal Run will offer amenities on a similar scale to those locations.

For more information about the Master Plan for Lexington’s Division of Parks & Recreation, visit

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