Town Branch Commons Trail is already award winning

Within less than a year, Town Branch Commons Trail has won two national awards for its commitment to landscape architecture and our urban environment.


The Town Branch Commons Trail is a 2.2-mile-long pedestrian path that guides users through downtown. | Photo by LEXtoday

One of our city’s youngest projects is receiving national recognition — for the second time.

Town Branch Commons Trail was named the 2023 Honor Award Winner by The American Society of Landscape Architects, where local architects Gresham Smith and New York-based firm SCAPE were recognized for the project that took ten years to complete.

The trail, which opened October in 2022, runs through the heart of downtown, including along Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, Triangle Park, and the in-progress Town Branch Park. It also added over 300 trees to our urban center + two acres of planting areas.

The committee of architects pointed to Town Branch Commons Trail’s dedication to returning the “streets to pedestrian experiences while integrating ecological design principles to enhance landscape performance and reflect regional characteristics.”

Last year, the trail was also awarded the 2022 Environmental Excellence award from the Federal Highway Administration.