Cardinal Run Park South


Cardinal Run Park South

Lexington begins construction this week on its first large regional park in 25 years. The 137-acre Cardinal Run North off Parkers Mill Road will include footpaths, a dog park, and sports fields.

The design for the new community park reflects public feedback from in-person meetings and online surveys. It also aligns with the changing needs and demographics identified in Lexington’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Click here for more info.

Parks & Recreation

Located off Parkers Mill Road across from Cardinal Run Park South, the new 137-acre park is Lexington’s first large community park in 25 years. Its opening will be followed by the construction of a dog park and sports fields, and together the two parks will have a combined total of 192.2 acres.

Designed by the city and firm Brandstetter Carroll Inc., the new park will include walking trails, a dog park, pickleball courts and basketball courts, multipurpose sports fields, and more. The design reflects public feedback from in-person neighborhood meetings and online surveys. The new park also will feature natural features such as springs and karst topography, according to the city.

Twelfth District Councilwoman Kathy Plomin said she is excited about the development and hopes it will be a “great asset” to the neighborhood. She praised former 10th District council members for their support of the project over the years.

Events & Festivals

Lexington residents love to frequent local coffee shops, boutiques, restaurants, and community events like drive-in movie nights or neighborhood yard sales. This makes Southland-Deerfield-Open Gates one of the top neighborhoods in Lexington for families looking for affordable Ranch and Colonial brick homes with big backyards, and excellent K-12 schools.

Whether you’re into running, cycling, or playing sports, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Cardinal Run Park. The 2nd Annual Lexington Pay It Forward 5K will take place here on December 3, 2023. This unique race offers a finisher medal with cash inside. You can choose to keep the cash or pay it forward to a charity of your choice.

Runners can also enjoy a scenic jog on the footpaths around the park or play a game of baseball with friends. The neighborhood also hosts a variety of fun and interesting events throughout the year like a behind-the-scenes racing tour or horse auction at Keeneland. A great place to also visit is Woodland Park.

Restaurants & Bars

In the heart of the city, the neighborhood boasts plenty of unique retail shops, restaurants, and family-friendly activities. During the warmer months, you’ll meet your neighbors at the Southland Drive Farmers Market. Families can purchase Ranch and Colonial brick homes with large backyards here. They’ll also have easy access to top Lexington schools like Clays Mill Elementary and Lafayette High School.

The 137-acre Cardinal Run Park North located on Parkers Mill Road is one of the largest community parks in Lexington’s history. Its design was based on community feedback from in-person meetings and online surveys. It includes nature trails, a playground, various sports courts and fields, and a dog park.

For a quick bite to eat, head over to Ramsey’s Diner. The menu features thirteen entrees including a variety of steak dishes. Pet-friendly outdoor tables are available, as well. For a more elegant dining experience, try ItalX. The restaurant serves elevated contemporary Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting.

Things to Do

The area around Cardinal Run Park South features a variety of recreational opportunities. Spend the afternoon jogging along footpaths, playing baseball, or having an outdoor picnic. If you’re looking for some post-park libations, head over to County Club, West Sixth Brewing, or Smithtown Seafood.

McConnell Springs Park is home to two natural springs and historical structures like a stone fence, the foundation of a creamery, and a dam. The 734-acre nature sanctuary also includes miles of hiking trails and a native plant garden.

Explore the legacy of Mary Todd Lincoln at the historic Mary Todd Lincoln House. The First Lady’s childhood home was once a tavern and inn, and now the property serves as a museum with self-guided tours. Art lovers will enjoy a visit to Institute 193, which showcases works by modern artists from the South. The museum also hosts movie screenings, lectures, and other community events. Located east of Downtown Lexington, the affordable neighborhood of Fairway-Liberty Heights offers plenty to do. The neighborhood’s tree-lined streets are within walking distance of local coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques. Discover more interesting articles.


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