Inclusion

a welcoming place for everyone to visit and enjoy

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To ensure that the future Town Branch Park is a welcoming, beautiful place for all Lexingtonians and visitors to enjoy, Town Branch Fund Board of Advisors formed Town Branch Park Partners. This group of diverse community leaders is tasked with ensuring that inclusion and access are integral to the design, programming, and operations of Town Branch Park. To this end, the partners will create an inclusive park document that addresses recommendations and continues to prioritize meaningful engagement with residents throughout the planning phase.

Earlier input showed that delving deeply into designing spaces that are inclusive is paramount to a successful park. For example, when Gehl Studio conducted a Public Space Public Life Survey in 2015, it found that less than 5 percent of children in Lexington spent time downtown. In addition, both the Parking Lot Diaries and On The Table engagements highlighted local concerns to ensure that public spaces were even more inclusive, both in terms of the design process and programming.

We want this to be the people’s park. Your input will help ensure that Town Branch Park is not only extraordinarily beautiful, but also contributes to the vitality of all of Lexington.

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THE TOWN BRANCH PARK PARTNERS, A DIVERSE GROUP OF COMMUNITY LEADERS WITH COMPLEMENTARY PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE, ARE COMMITTED TO USING THEIR COLLECTIVE AND LIVED EXPERIENCE TO ENSURE THE DESIGN, PROGRAMMING, AND OPERATIONS OF TOWN BRANCH PARK EXEMPLIFY EQUITY, FAIRNESS, COMPLIANCE, AND INCLUSION.

 
 
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Aldona Valicenti

Chief Information Officer, LFUCG

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Anne Gay Donworth

Development Officer for Lexington Public Library

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Anna Baskin

Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council Representative

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Carrie Butler

General Manager, LexTran

 
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Darryl Thompson

Equity Officer, Fayette County Public Schools

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Derek Paulsen

Commissioner, Department of Planning, Preservation & Development, LFUCG

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Donnell Gordon

Sergeant, Lexington Police Department

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Gary A. Means

Executive Director, Lexington Parking Authority

 
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Isabel Gereda Taylor

Multicultural Affairs Coordinator for Global Lex, LFUCG

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James Brown

Council Member, LFUCG

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Jason Jones

Advocacy and Accessibility Specialist, Human Development Institute, UKY

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Juan Castro

Managing Partner, JCC Consulting Group

 
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Kristy Stambaugh

Director of Aging and Disability Services, Lexington Senior Center, LFUCG

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Lance Poston

Director, LGBTQ Resources, UKY

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Laura Hatfield

Director, One Lexington

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Linda Gorton

Former Lexington Vice Mayor

 
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Lisa Higgins-Hord

Assistant Vice President, Office of Community Engagement

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Malcolm Ratchford

Executive Director, Community Action Council

Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto

Board of Advisors, Town Branch Fund

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Mary Quinn Ramer

President, VisitLex

 
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Miranda Scully

District Coordinator, Community and Families, FCPS

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Monica Conrad

Director, Parks and Recreation, LFUCG

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Nathan Zamarron

Community Arts Director, LexArts

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PG Peeples

President and CEO, Urban League of Lexington

 
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Polly Ruddick

Director, Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention, LFUCG

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Rahsaan Berry

Sergeant, Lexington Police Department

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Rick McQuady

Director, Lexington Affordable Housing Program

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Terry Sweeney

President and CEO, Downtown Lexington Partnership

 
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Tresine Logsdon

Curriculum Coordinator, Energy and Sustainability, FCPS

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Walt Gaffield

President, Fayette County Neighborhood Council