The city of Lexington received a grant to help build Splash!, a permanent water feature, at Charles Young Park off Midland Ave.
American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) awarded Lexington a Building Better Communities grant for $250,000. Lexington is one of two communities awarded this grant in 2021.
The $250,000 grant will be added to a $900,000 grant already awarded to the City for the project from Blue Grass Community Foundation. The two grants cover the cost for the design and construction of the overall project.
Splash! and a new playground at Charles Young Park will connect to Town Branch Commons Trail, allowing for equitable access to the new community-focused, water-inspired play area. The playground officially opened last month and Splash! is slated to open in the Fall of 2022.
The Splash! project is rooted in community engagement, analysis, and feedback. Over two summers (2016 and 2017), SplashJAM, a pop-up splash pad at nearby Northeastern Park, offered residents and visitors a place to relax, stay cool and play. SplashJAM’s success confirmed the need for a permanent water feature.
Gresham Smith consulting firm was recently selected as the design and consulting team for Splash!. The design phase is anticipated to begin in September, with several public engagement opportunities. Construction is set for 2022.
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