Lexington makes a Splash!

Learn about the history, legacy, and impact of Charles Young Park’s newest water installation.

Children play in a splash pad.

Splash! provides a cool oasis in the East End neighborhood. | Photo by LEXtoday

The East End just got a lot cooler. This week, the city cut the ribbon on Charles Young Park’s newest water installation, Splash!

Named after General Charles Young, the addition connects all the park’s amenities — its community center, basketball court, and new playground — to Town Branch Commons Trail. Fun fact: 80% of the project’s funding, equivalent to $1.3 million, came from private donors.

This splash pad was designed based on feedback from surrounding neighborhoods. Fountains, shade installations, and swinging benches offer families a perfect oasis in the heart of downtown, but the play zone isn’t just fun for the kids. Parents can enjoy plenty of seating, while learning the history of Charles Young via the engraved timeline surrounding the pad.

“It has been a long time since this park has truly been vibrant,” said Council Member Tayna Fogle at the unveiling. “It’s time to come back home to the East End.”