Pick it up Lexington!

Bend over and pick up a piece of litter today.

What we leave on the ground - litter, cigarette butts-goes straight down our storm sewers polluting our streams and sources of drinking water.

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Organizing a clean up

Lexington's greenspaces need our help.

Jacobson Park, Woodland Park, Liberty. All of these need our help. Organizing is easy and rewarding.

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Sponsors

Thank you Republic Services

Republic Services joins KLB roster of sponsors.

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Upcoming Cleanup Events

Legacy Pepsi2Company is coming to town for the Breeders’ Cup and you can be a part of making sure Lexington is ready.

Three cleanup events will be held between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Sept. 12. One is bound to be near you.

The locations are:

  • Old Todds Road between Richmond Road and Palumbo Drive. The staging area for this event is at the Lowe’s store at 200 Old Todds Road.
  • Man o’ War Boulevard. between Polo Club and Winchester Road. The staging area for this event is at the Lowe’s store in Hamburg at 2300 Grey Lag Way.
  • Shillito Park. The staging area for this event is in front of the pool complex, located at 300 Reynolds Road.

Participants are asked to register at www.KLBcleanups.eventbrite.com.  Youth volunteers are encouraged to participate at the park location.

The cleanups are sponsored by Keep Lexington Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, with support from a Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant.

KLB Green Up8Let’s ‘Green Up for Breeders’ Cup’ And Keep Lexington Beautiful, Says Mayor

Mayor Jim Gray, city officials and the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission on March 17th, 2015 announced 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 Fayette County to take personal responsibility for improving our environment.”

To help fund the initiative, local citizens and businesses are being asked to sponsor a high-visibility large beautification area. Sponsorships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, starting this morning. Sponsorships range between $2,500 for a partial sponsorship and $12,500 for a full one.
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“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 30 and 31, and is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors to Lexington.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the event!

 

John Sawyer, Senior Arborist with LFUCG, recently appeared on the WLEX Noon News Show to promote Reforest the Bluegrass. You can view the video here! https://youtu.be/CmweflFkxh8

For the past 16 years, Reforest the Bluegrass, has been a cooperative effort among the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s Division of Environmental Services, Streets and Roads, Parks & Recreation, and other divisions.

More than 11,000 people have planted some 115,000 tree seedlings to improve streamside water quality, aquatic and grassland habitats and land stability. Locations for the Reforest the Bluegrass planting efforts typically focus on restoring areas along streams. These streamside forests – also known as riparian buffers – serve to protect and improve valuable water resources. Reforest the Bluegrass not only provides urban watershed management through the creation of future tree canopy, but also recharge groundwater through absorption through a forest floor and the removal of turf grass from constant mowing. We use native tree species that bring natural balance to the ecosystems.

Each participant will receive a free T-shirt. Pizza and drinks will be provided. For more information, please call (859) 258-3405 or go to www.lexingtonky. gov/RTB.