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City of Lexington purchases 30 acres on Kentucky River

Posted at 1:55 PM, May 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-26 14:06:29-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The city plans to purchase 30 acres on the Kentucky River, the only public access to the river in Fayette County.

Mayor Linda Gorton made the announcement Thursday. The city has signed an agreement of sale for the property with John Kelley, whose family has owned the property for decades.

The property is located off Old Richmond Road, near the I-75 bridge into Madison County.

“I have been working on this project since my first day in the Mayor’s Office, and I am thrilled that it’s finally happening,” Gorton said. “This will provide new opportunities for recreation in Lexington. It will be a beautiful new park. And those who love kayaks and canoes will have a place to get onto the river and travel 12 miles between locks.”

The property will be paid for with Parks Acquisition Funds, which are fees developers pay to the city that are used specifically to acquire parks property.

The cost is $1.16 million but the sale must be approved by the Urban County Council.

An opening date for the property has not been set.