PROJECTS / Parks + Recreation
Karst formations, dry laid rock fences, a deep rooted equine heritage and one of the first urban growth boundaries in the nation were all important design considerations for the Legacy Trail in Lexington Kentucky. Landstory and Strand Associates prepared a feasibility study and subsequent design for Legacy Trail, a 9.5 mile multi use trail extending between downtown Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park. Recommendations included connections to a vast array of destinations including the YMCA, the Lexmark campus, several municipal parks, housing developments, and Transylvania University. The trail was designed and constructed in less than two years, in time for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in the fall of 2010. Development of this unique trail involved strategic use of land swapping, easements, and existing right of way. Rock fences as an underlying theme helped to create a consistent character as the trail extended through a combination of urban and rural environments. The project was the recipient of the Mid-America Trails & Greenways State of Kentucky Award.