City unveils the first phase of a new park

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

A map of what Cardinal Run Park North will look like.

Cardinal Run Park North was donated to the City in 1997, but has yet to open to the public. | Photo courtesy of Lexington Parks & Recreation

Lexington Parks + Recreation has revealed the first phase of the new ~137-acre Cardinal Run Park North, located off Parkers Mill Road.

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 this project.

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 five largest parks in town.

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

  • An eight-acre dog park
  • Various sports fields + courts
  • Around three miles of nature trails
  • And a playground
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