Town Branch Commons

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

Town Branch Commons is a transformative vision for a multi-modal transportation and linear park system tracing the path of the historic Town Branch Creek through Lexington—a ribbon of Bluegrass weaving through downtown and linking together the Town Branch Trail and Legacy Trail over a combined 5.5 miles of improved public realm, greenspace, and lush stormwater management infrastructure. 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. Eventually, the Commons will link into a 22-mile network connecting downtown to rural landscapes to the North and West in Fayette County.

In 2013, SCAPE won the competition for Town Branch Commons, which grew to secure $23.1 million in funding for design and construction—a collaboration between SCAPE and Gresham Smith The Commons broke ground in July 2018; work on Newtown Pike began in March 2020; and construction began on Vine Street in July 2020. All segments of the trail are expected to be complete at the end of 2022, bringing a new legacy public space network to the downtown core, made possible by a public-private partnership between the City of Lexington and the Town Branch Fund.

Client

  • Lexington Downtown Development Authority

Collaborators

AECOM
Lord Aeck Sargent
Gresham Smith
Strand Engineering
Lochner
Third Rock Consultants