Town Branch Commons

Lexington, KY
  • Ecological Design
  • Park
  • Plaza / Streetscape
  • Urban Design
  • Competition Winner, 2013

Town Branch Commons weaves a linear network of public space along the 2.5 mile path of the historic Town Branch creek in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Once a waste canal, sewer, and water conduit for the city, the buried stream channel of Town Branch is an opportunity to reconnect the city with its Bluegrass identity and build a legacy public space network for the 21st century. Rather than introducing a single daylit stream channel into the city fabric, the design uses the local limestone (karst) geology as inspiration for a series of pools, pockets, water windows, and stream channels that brings water into the public realm. A hybrid park network, multi-modal trail system, and water filtration landscape, Town Branch Commons connects Lexington’s rural and urban communities and reinvigorates the downtown. SCAPE won the Town Branch Commons competition in 2013 and the project has grown to secure $23.1 million for design and construction for early phase design and construction.

Client

  • Lexington Downtown Development Authority

Collaborators

Sherwood Design Engineers
MTWTF
James Lima Planning + Development
EHI Consultants
Strand Associates
MIR