LEXINGTON, Ky. — Town Branch Fund announced Monday a $500,000 donation from the William Stamps Farish Fund for Town Branch Park.
“We appreciate this generous donation for Town Branch Park, which not only will provide a central gathering space for our community, but it will be the trailhead that connects 22-miles of biking/walking trails leading from downtown to our world-famous rural landscape,” said Allison Lankford, executive director of Town Branch Fund.
William Stamps Farish is the owner of Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky.
“The William Stamps Farish Fund is excited to lend our support to what we think is the most important opportunity to transform downtown Lexington in many years,” Bill Farish said. “Town Branch Park will accelerate the amazing renewal that has taken place to our downtown, which has experienced dramatic change and made our city a much more desirable place to live and work. The chance to have a major park as a center piece to our community is an impossible thing to let pass.”
More than $9 million has been raised for the park project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently is conducting studies on the creek and future park site. And with the Lexington Convention Center expansion now under way, Town Branch Fund will soon re-engage with design and programming consultants to finalize park plans.