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Take a hike at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. | Photo courtesy of Lexington Parks & Recreation
Whether you’re looking for a place to play with the kiddos or to decompress with some off-screen time, Lexington features 100+ parks and recreational spots for you to enjoy.

Ready to plan your trip to the park? Grab your shades and trusty water bottle — here are some of the Horse Capital of the World’s best:

Nature parks

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, 5886 Jacks Creek Pike
If you’re a nature lover, then head out to the city’s 734-acre nature sanctuary featuring 10 miles of trails passing through meadows, woodlands, and streams. It’s also a great spot for wildlife and wildflower viewing.

Hisle Farm Park, 3601 Briar Hill Rd.
Hikers and horses find this ~280-acre park a haven away from city life, with a shared-use trail system featuring 1 and 2.5-mile trail options. Be sure to test your hand-eye coordination on the 10-lane target archery range.

A group of people playing pickleball with a sunset.

Pickleball Courts at Kirklevington Park. | Photo courtesy of Lexington Parks & Recreation

Sports parks

Kirklevington Park, 396 Redding Rd.
Volleyball, pickleball, softball — you name it, Kirklevington’s got it. There’s also space for skateboarding, inclusive playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, and a paved walking path.

Woodland Park, 601 E. High St.
This park has it all. With inclusive playground equipment, ramps + pipes for skateboarding, an outdoor pool, tennis courts and more, there’s truly something for everyone. Be sure to check out the annual summertime staple, Woodland Art Fair.

Six bronze statues surrounded by fall trees.

Take a stroll to see the bronze horses at Thoroughbred Park. | Photo by Brett Hait, courtesy of VisitLEX

Urban oases

Thoroughbred Park, 121 Midland Ave.
If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, this three-acre green space is the perfect respite. Grab a coffee from nearby A Cup of Common Wealth + take stroll to see the bronze horse statues and plaques.

Gratz Park, 250 W. Third St.
Situated in a picturesque + walkable historic neighborhood, this hidden gem near downtown is perfect for a picnic lunch to break up your day.

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What is your favorite park activity to do in our city?

A. Walking my dog
B. Spending time with the kiddos
C. Having a picnic
D. Jogging or working out
E. Other
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, April 10
  • Pause & Rest Yoga with Rebecca | Wednesday, April 10 | 6-7 p.m. | Lexington Salt Cave, 309 N Ashland Ave., Ste. 180, Lexington | $26.50 | Enjoy some midweek relaxation for the body and mind with a guided restorative yoga class + yoga nidra meditation.
  • Faculty Chamber Music Recital | Wednesday, April 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Singletary Concert Hall, 405 Rose St., Lexington | Free | See UK faculty, including The Maribo Trio, hit the stage to play a selection of music from Jacques Ibert, W.A. Mozart + more.
Thursday, April 11
  • Jazz at the Library: The Library Players | Thursday, April 11 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Central Library Farish Theater, 140 E. Main St., Lexington | Free | This lively concert series presented by Jamey Aebersold Jazz and the Jazz Arts Foundation will host local artists playing saxophone, piano, bass, and drums.
  • Trivia Night | Thursday, April 11 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Lost Palm, 941 Manchester St., Lexington | Free | Head up to The Manchester’s rooftop bar for specialty cocktails, small plates, and brain games.
Friday, April 12
  • Meet The Milliner At Carl Meyers | Friday, April 12 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Carl Meyers, 111 Clay Ave., Lexington | Free | Stop by this Chevy Chase boutique and get Derby ready by browsing the handmade hat + fascinator styles from Milliner Katie Whaley.
Saturday, April 13
  • Reforest the Bluegrass | Saturday, April 13 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Coldstream Park, 1850 Piscano Dr., Lexington | Free | Volunteers of all ages are invited to the city’s annual tree planting celebration + enjoy music, food, and fun for the whole family.
Sunday, April 14
  • Weekly Sound Bath with Amy Hudson | Sunday, April 14 | 5:30-7 p.m. | The Sound Healing Center of Lexington, 333 E. Short St., Ste. 320, Lexington | $25 | Let your tension and stress melt away to sweet serene sounds of crystal singing bowls.
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News Notes
 
Coming Soon
  • Bumble Bites, a milk tea shop in Richmond, KY is opening a Lexington location at 3735 Palomar Centre Dr. in the former Bobi Cones spot this spring. The menu offers a variety of teas — including fruit, boba, milk, and green — and sweet treats like cheesecake bites + macarons.. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Biz
  • Myriad Meadery will now be known as The Mirror Twin Annex. While the concept is shifting to focus on private events, mead will still be available for the time being, as well as Mirror Twin’s brews + cocktails and will continue to operate as a bar on the day-to-day.
Answered
  • Yesterday, we asked you what you thought about the Coach Cal news. Let’s unpack the results: 336 of you took our poll — 39% of you said you had mixed feelings, 38% said you were ready for a fresh start, and 18% said you were sad.
Sports
  • The Lexington Legends are guaranteeing that they will win the season-opener on Thursday, April 25. And if they don’t, well, you get to pick the price management will pay. Comment on this post with your suggestions for what part-owner Alan Stein + President and GM Justin Ferrarella should do if they lose.
Eat
  • Lexington Vegan Week is cooking up some fun plans — and plants. In addition to local restaurants serving up veggie-forward dishes, La Bonne Vie will be hosting a special plant-based cooking class + dining experience. Join the celebrations Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 28.
Holiday
  • Happy Eid. It’s Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. Also called the Sweet Eid or Sugar Feast, those fasting during this past month will enjoy a meal + plenty of sweets. Grab your baklava and kanafeh at Al-Taj Bakery, 4097 Nichols Park Dr.
Arts
  • LexArts and Maker’s Mark are highlighting Kentucky artists in a neat way. The Whisky Wall of Wonder features 200 Maker’s Marks bottles transformed into their own unique pieces of art. LexArts will host a signature event tomorrow, April 11 at 7 p.m., where you could win one of the designed bottles.
Finance
  • Vroom, vroom… that dream car doesn’t have to be a dream for much longer with help from UK Federal Credit Union. They make the auto loan process quick and easy with low auto loan rates and several options. Explore your options.*
†Federally insured by NCUA
 
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Development
 
Bolstering business in the Bluegrass
A map of Lexington showing where the Legacy Business Park will be.
The creation of Legacy Business Park aims to attract more businesses to LEX. | Map courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield Cincinnati
Speaking of parks, Mayor Linda Gorton announced that the city has received a $10 million grant for the its new Legacy Business Park.

Presented by US Representative Andy Barr, the grant was allotted through Congressionally Directed Spending, which allows members of Congress to request funding for specific projects.

The money will complete the necessary funding, ~$22.4 million, to finish the infrastructure for the multi-business development. Think: Roads, sewers, and sidewalks.

Located at Georgetown Road and I-75, the 200-acre business park was mentioned during Mayor Gorton’s State of the City and County Speech as a priority for economic + development goals.

“This new business park means jobs for our residents and tax revenue for our city,” said Mayor Gorton. She estimated that Legacy Business Park would create ~1,700 jobs + $2.9 million in annual tax revenue once completed.
 
The Buy
 
This under-cabinet pots and pans organizer. We love how it actually utilizes the vertical space in kitchen cupboards and (bonus) can be turned on its side to use as a lid organizer.
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Not that anyone asked for my opinion, but I’m glad to see so many of you feel the same way about Coach Cal...conflicted. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a couple of tears after watching this video. Best of luck, Coach.
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