Friends of Jacobson Park recently received a generous donation of $5,000 from NiSource Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of NiSource, parent company of Columbia Gas of Kentucky.

This donation will go towards creating a riparian buffer along the back edge of Lakeside Golf Course. The buffer zone will help absorb runoff and aid in preventing excess nutrients from entering Jacobson Lake. In addition to serving as another layer of protection of our water source, the project will create a wildlife habitat as it restores a half acre with native plantings. It will also include a pollinator garden with several species of native grasses and wildflowers.

“Jacobson Park has been an idyllic source of enjoyment for Lexington families for generations,” said Columbia Gas of Kentucky President and Chief Operating Officer Kimra Cole. “This initiative to protect the habitat surrounding its reservoir is one that the NiSource Charitable Foundation and Columbia Gas are proud to support.”

Friends of Jacobson Park, under Friends of the Parks in Fayette County Inc., is so excited about the donation and the project, which was started with a seed grant from Kentucky American Water. To have these two companies supporting our efforts reinforces the importance of the work we, and many other groups in Fayette County, are doing to protect our greenspace and water.

Work on the riparian buffer zone is slated to begin in September. Please stay tuned to teh HJ Neighborhood Club on Facebook for more info.

This article appears on pages 6-7 of the July 2023 issue of HJ. To subscribe to our digital edition, click here.