West Hickman Creek Veterans Park Water Quality Improvement Project

This project aims to improve water quality and natural habitat in West Hickman Creek. The dam in West Hickman Creek, in Veterans Park near the walking bridge, will be removed as part of this project. The creek channel will be restored using natural materials to stabilize the banks and reduce erosion. The riparian buffer, the greenery that surrounds and protects the creek, will be protected and enhanced. Additionally, streamside paths, creek access points and an ADA platform will be constructed to encourage people to experience and explore West Hickman Creek.

Low head dam and stream stabilization include heavy construction, boulders and a lot of rock.  The stream may appear rough, but it’s part of the process.  A great example of a stream stabilization project in Lexington is Picadome Golf Course.  This used similar methods and is now an amenity to the area.

This project is funded by the Kentucky Cleaner Water Program through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority.

Next steps

  • Tree Removal: Trees for new pathways and access to the creek has been completed. Stumps will be removed when full construction begins.

  • Timeline: Construction is expected to start late summer 2024 and be completed by spring 2025.

Project drawings

aerial photo of Veterans Park on top of the creek

diagram showing the creek with streambank stabilization locations

diagram showing outdoor seating, a gravel walking path and photo point along the stream

diagram of outdoor classroom near creek. Includes pathways to creek and easier stream access