Neighbors raise parking concerns as Town Branch Park project in Lexington continues

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Construction and traffic changes have occupied downtown Lexington for years now with major goals in mind, including the Town Branch Park.(WDKY)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Construction and traffic changes have occupied downtown Lexington for years now with major goals in mind, including the Town Branch Park.

“Parks are always good even if you don’t use them, just to look at. And looking at a parking lot is not all that great,” said Bill Johnston, who lives in the area.

Johnston has lived in the area for more than 30 years. He’s excited for the new park, but with the good comes unintended consequences. He’s worried about parking, which is already tight.

“Some of the houses do not have any offstreet parking associated with them. But it’s an option that we can try to limit the amount of non-residential parking at various times of the day,” Johnston said.

Johnston said he’s been to community meetings about the park, and so far, the planning team has been responsive to concerns.

Town Branch Park executive director, Allison Lankford released this statement, saying in part:

“For Town Branch Park visitors, there will be around 40 dedicated parking spots on site. In addition, the park will rely upon existing nearby parking opportunities. Studies show that there is amble parking adjacent to the park through a variety of garages, lots and on-street parking spots.”

Johnston is optimistic they’ll find a solution before the project is completed.

“I just think we can deal with whatever happens. And we will,” Johnston said.

The project is scheduled to be finished in December of 2022.

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