“Our goal was to reclaim an existing hiking/biking/nature trail and to provide a safe and naturally enhanced environment for the public to enjoy,” says Susan Plueger, executive director of the Keep Lexington Beautiful organization. Keep Lexington Beautiful, which oversaw the project, received the Lowe’s grant from Keep America Beautiful.
In addition to the removal of a large number of invasive honeysuckle plants, the project included the planting of:
· 21 large trees
· 34 small trees
· 17 woody shrubs
· 200 perennial pollinator plants.
The volunteers came from the Lexington Day Treatment Center, the Family Care Center, and the Keep Lexington Beautiful organization, and the city employees came from the Division of Environmental Services. The city also contributed to the cost of the project.
The Red Mile Place Trail connects with Addison Park.