The City of Lexington received $120 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds and is now seeking input from the community to help prioritize this funding. Residents have the opportunity to provide input via a survey, or suggest a specific transformative project for consideration through the ARPA project idea form. The survey dates will close by August 27, 2021. Public hearings and town halls will be held during the weeks of August 2 and August 9.

City Pools in the neighborhood are closing soon for the season. Douglass Pool’s last day is Sunday, August 1. Tates Creek Pool remains open until Labor Day, Monday, September 6.

The Lexington Public Library is extending hours at many of its branches as well as adding back Saturday hours at its Central Branch. Beginning on Monday, July 26, Beaumont, Central, Eastside, Northside, and Tates Creek Branches will be open from 10am-6pm. Village will remain open from 11am-6pm.

Help protect our creeks during the Lexington Creek Sweep on August 7-15 by cleaning up your neighborhood, backyard, or park. Free Creek Sweep kits are available for pick up from partner locations. Find more information online at


What’s “The Catch?”

Southeast Lexington is constantly adding new dining options! The Saucy Crab opened this summer at 3029 Richmond Road in the former Texas Roadhouse location. The “daily catch” includes everything from crawfish and gator and shrimp to oysters along with calamari and (of course) crab.


Lexington Ice Center sustained a massive fire overnight in late July. The fire damaged the facility’s second ice rink, but Lexington Ice Center announced on Facebook that the main ice rink and the mini golf courses were intact.

The damage impacts the Central Kentucky Hockey Association, the Lexington Amateur Ice Hockey Association, Eastern Kentucky University hockey, University of Kentucky hockey, high school hockey and the Thoroughbred Figure Skating Club, according to the commissioner of the Lexington Amateur Ice Hockey Association.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is using state funding allocated in the 2020 Highway Plan to complete 70 school safety improvement projects in 44 counties across the state. In July, Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman presented a ceremonial check for $40,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to represent funding to improve traffic and pedestrian safety on roadways near two school campuses, Liberty Elementary School and Lexington Universal Academy.

At Liberty Elementary, KYTC engineers will review school zone devices already in use to determine how they can be enhanced during a planned reconstruction of Liberty Road. The plan is to widen a section of Liberty Road to five lanes, four through-lanes, and a center turn lane with a sidewalk on one side of the road and a shared use path on the other. Liberty Road currently is two lanes without sidewalks in the planned project area.


The KY BASH is back and happening in the neighborhood on Friday, September 3 at the future home of Easter Seals on Richmond Road (in the former Shriners Hospital location).



This article also appears on page 6 and 7 of the August 2021 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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