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City cuts ribbon on the new Davis Park

Located near Oliver Lewis Way, this new park was designed + built thanks to feedback and input from the local community and surrounding neighborhood.

A tan sign that says Davis Park with its address in front of a park with a playground, surrounded by a fence with acovered shelter.

Davis Park joins the Lexington Parks & Recreation’s list of 100+ parks. | Photo by LEXtoday

Just over two years since its announcement, city + state officials and community partners cut the ribbon on Lexington’s newest public green space, Davis Park.

Located at 711 De Roode St. near Oliver Lewis Way, the seven-acre park cost a total of $1.2 million — $1.02 million funded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet + $200,000 from the city.

“When we build roads, we take the needs of all people to heart — not just those who drive, but also those who live nearby,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said. “Team Kentucky builds back better by providing safer passageways, more efficient connections, and important community resources like this park.”

Mayor Linda Gorton added, “No neighborhood is complete without a beautiful park.” The addition of this park helps with the city’s commitment to the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which pledges all Lexington residents will be within a 10-minute walk from a park or green space.

A playground set with a turquoise slide and blue and green ladders, bridges and swings.

Swings, slides, and green spaces, oh my. | Photo by LEXtoday

Davis Park was designed + built with input from citywide surveys and feedback from neighbors. Some key features include —

  • A playground
  • A multi-use path for biking + walking
  • Noise wall to keep the community peaceful
  • Basketball court
  • A covered shelter
  • Open green spaces
  • And a community center that is still in progress

“A park can be a symbol of hope for the future. This park stands in this historic area to remember the people that were here before it, and to serve as a gathering place for those who frequent it now,” said City Councilperson Jennifer Reynolds, who represents the district of the park.

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