Hamburg Neighborhood News – June 2021
At the Movies

Regal Hamburg reopened to the public in May.

The former Woodhill Cinemark theater on Codell Drive is doubling as a television studio these days for the show “Relative Justice” produced by Lexington-based company, Wrigley Media Group. Wrigley transformed the abandoned movie theater into a state-of-the-art studio complex for production, which began with filming in May. It is expected that the project will create more than 300 jobs and inject nearly $10 million into the Lexington economy. The show is scheduled to premiere this fall.



Lexington’s historic José Oubrerie’s Miller House off Chilesburg Road in Lochmere was scheduled for auction in late May. Curbed described it in 2016 as “an under-recognized building that traces its lineage back to one of Modernism’s godfathers, Le Corbusier. Designed by his associate Jose Oubrerie, who was then the dean of architecture at the nearby University of Kentucky, the home takes Corbusian principles and modern design philosophies and amplifies them… But in both its locations and construction, it’s a building out of time. Finished in 1992, it’s a Modernist statement that may have come a few decades late.” It’s been on and off the market for years, with multiple preservationist efforts to save it.


First annual Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Azaria Keshae Howard, a senior from Frederick Douglass High School, was awarded the first annual Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk Jr. Memorial Scholarship at her commencement ceremony in May. Howard received the $2,500 scholarship based on her academic achievement, community involvement and an essay. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Student Council, as well as president of the Black Student Union. She was the first-ever student board member for The Fayette Education Foundation. Howard will attend Tennessee State University in the fall.

The Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the Fayette County Public Schools superintendent a er his death in December 2020.


Force on the Course

The DSE Golf Club hosted its annual Force on the Course event at Tates Creek Golf Course in May. Over 36 Lexington police officers paired up with 36 junior golfers from three Title 1 schools to play nine holes of golf. The event raised over $4000 dollars to help support the DSE Golf Club and the annual Shop with a Cop program.

Photos by Katelin Carney

The event raised money for the annual Shop With a Cop program.

The DSE Golf Club provides free golf experiences to students who attend low income elementary schools. The program provides free golf lessons, materials, and extraordinary opportunities for kids to grow as golfers, students, and members of their community.


LFUCG Greenway at Polo Club & Falling Leaves

The city’s Environmental Services office has hired a contractor to remove honeysuckle and Bradford pears from the Falling Leaves Greenway (LFUCG Greenway at Polo Club & Falling Leaves). Here is a general outline for the Falling Leaves greenway enhancement/naturalization project:

  1. Remove woody invasive species (honeysuckle & pear trees) and assess other concerns we have in the greenway (dead ash, construction debris, etc.).
  2. 2021growing season actively manages the other invasive species in the area (vines, Johnson grass, ragweed, poison hemlock, etc.) thru aquatic safe herbicide, cutting, pulling, etc.
  3. Summer/Fall 2021 engage the HOA/residents in the design of the greenway. This could include open space (turf grass), butterfly gardens, bushes, additional trees, etc.
  4. Fall/Winter/Spring 2022 start planting appropriate plants per the design.
  5. Actively manage invasive species and continue to plant per design (if needed).
  6. LFUCG will actively manage the naturalized area of the greenway.


On the Water

Jacobson Park has opened the spraygrounds for the summer, along with the Jacobson boat dock for the weekends.

Grab your fishing pole because 2,300 catfish arrived at Jacobson Park in May, courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Fishing in Neighborhoods program.



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

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