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City breaks ground on Cardinal Run North Park

Learn what’s coming to the park and when it will open.

Three people looking at a map highlighting all of the amenities for the new park.

Once completed, Cardinal Run North will be the fourth largest park in Lexington. | Photo by Amy Wallot

Lexington Parks + Recreation has officially broken ground on the new ~137-acre Cardinal Run Park North, located off Parkers Mill Road.

The park, designed by firm Brandstetter Carroll Inc., will be the largest community park Lexington has opened in 25 years. Together with Cardinal Run Park South, the combined parks will total 192.2 acres, making it among the top four largest parks in town.

Plans for the park stemmed from community feedback, which was gathered through in-person neighborhood meetings and online surveys. The city will use $10.1 million in ARPA funds for designing and developing the project.

When the 137.6-acre Cardinal Run North is completed in 2025, it will feature:

  • A nine-acre dog park
  • Two picnic shelters
  • Six pickleball courts
  • A basketball court
  • Two miles of hiking trails + one-mile of a paved shared trail
  • A large playground
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