Mt. Tabor Park gets trail addition, shelter

Paved walking trails are the thing Lexington residents want most in their parks, according to a recent survey. “So that’s what we’ve built in Mt. Tabor Park,” Mayor Jim Gray said today.

Gray and Councilmember Preston Worley cut a ribbon today to celebrate the completion of a trail addition and a new shelter at the park, located at 550 Elk Lake Drive.

“People like trails because they are an enjoyable way to get outside and get exercise for walkers, joggers and cyclists,” Gray said.

Worley said, “Our parks should be a space that everyone in the community can use. Paving these trails is just one of the ways we can make our parks more accessible and useable for everyone.  Neighborhood parks are one of the best ways to bring neighbors together.  We must continue to invest in improvements to our parks that will give back to the community for years to come.”

Monica Conrad, Director of Parks & Recreation, said trails and other opportunities for exercise are a priority set by the Parks Master Plan. A citizen survey for the plan ranked paved walking trails at the top of the wish list. “We’re so happy to be completing projects that encourage people to get active,” Conrad said.

The addition of a second walking loop in Mt. Tabor will create a 1.3-mile paved trail. Near the walking trail stands a new, modern shelter that replaces an old wooden one. The improvements were funded through a federal grant.

Michelle Kosieniak, Superintendent of Planning and Design said, “This project allowed us to expand the trail at Mt. Tabor Park and, as an added bonus, replace the picnic shelter. We are hopeful that many families will take advantage of these improvements!”

Mt. Tabor Park is home to basketball courts, soccer and football fields, tennis courts, a playground and shelter. Because the park is used for so many youth sports, the trail addition offers parents and visitors the opportunity to take a walk during practices or games.

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Mayor Jim Gray speaking at park