Lexington Prepares to “Green Up for Breeders’ Cup”

Mayor Jim Gray, city officials and the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission announced on Monday the start of a citywide public-private beautification initiative called, “Green Up for Breeders’ Cup.” The initiative, supported by public and private partners, is designed to enhance long stretches of four major transportation corridors leading into town. A local landscape architecture firm will professionally design planting beds along those corridors. Once completed, the city’s Division of Environmental Services will maintain the beds.

“The 2015 Breeders’ Cup will put the global spotlight on Lexington” Gray said. “This is a great opportunity for us to make Lexington look its best, both now and in the future.”

Jim Pendergest, chair of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission, said, “The Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission is pleased to play a major role in this initiative. It is in keeping with our mission to engage individuals, businesses and organizations within Lexington-Fayette County to take personal responsibility for improving our environment.”

To help fund the initiative, local citizens and businesses are being asked to sponsor high-visibility large beautification areas. Sponsorships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Sponsorships range b e t w e e n $2,500 for a partial sponsorship and $12,500 for a full one.

“ Green Up for Breeders' Cup is about more than aesthetics,” said Susan L. Plueger, director of the city’s Division of Environmental Services. “It is an opportunity for local residents and businesses to play a leadership role in making Lexington a more vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The Green Up for Breeders’ Cup project will provide trees, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, annuals and seed mixes. The first priority areas are:
  • Versailles Road/West High Street from the intersection with West Maxwell to the Fayette county line
  • Newtown Pike from Main Street to the I-75 interchange
  • Iron Works Pike/Georgetown Road from the entrance of the Kentucky Horse Park to the interchange of Georgetown Road and New Circle
  • Man O’ War Boulevard from Versailles Road to Harrodsburg Road
The 2015 Breeders’ Cup will take place at Keeneland on October 30th and 31st, and it is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to Lexington.

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