Town Branch Trail, Inc. has the mission to1) Promote, assist and conduct charitable, scientific, literary, historical or educational activities broadly related to improving social welfare and economic opportunity in the seven county Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Soctt and Woodford counties);2) Advance, promote and foster tourism, recreation, historical preservation, and environmental protection and enhancement in the Bluegrass region;3) Educate, inform and advise with regard to recreation, tourism, transportation, natural resource management, environmental conservation, historical preservation, economic development, land use planning and such other issues consistent with the purposes stated herein;4) Organize, promote, assist, plan, design, develop, construct and help maintain recreational areas and facilities related to greenways and trails in the Bluegrass region;and5) specifically focus on the vicinity of the Town Branch of the Elkhorn Creek, to promote, foster, assist, plan, design, develop, construct and help maintain the Town Branch Trail, (TBT), a proposed ‘shared-use’ greenway trail (paved route for pedestrians and bicyclists) that will connect Downtown Lexington with its world-famous rural landscape via area neighborhoods, parks, and historic sites as it follows the westward course of the historic waterway along whose banks Lexington was founded in 1779.
Since 2001, Town Branch Trail, Inc. (TBT), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has advocated for this trail project -- writing grants, raising awareness, and developing support for the project within the community. The organization has also guided design decisions, and made sure the trail was integrated into Kentucky Transportation Cabinet projects which intersected its alignment.
Accomplishments: As a nonprofit partner with our local government, TBT had raised over $3 million in trail funds, $1 million in land donations, and had two miles of trail built by 2014. A third section of an additional mile was funded for design and construction, but awaits completion of a landowner’s project before the trail easement can be deeded and design initiated.
A five-mile feasibility study was completed in 2010. Through TBT’s efforts, the recently completed Oliver Lewis Way Bridge (Newtown Pike Extended) not only made room for the trail underneath but actually completed the trail link which connects the Rupp Arena area with the Distillery District. TBT also influenced the project for widening of New Circle Road, to include a wide underpass through which the trail will be able to cross under the limited access road.
TBT has produced environmental trail signs, classroom materials, and a 30-minute video to raise awareness of our rich history and our connection to our watershed. Many schools have used these materials and KET has broadcast the documentary numerous times.
TBT has received two environmental commission awards from the city and a 2009 Vision Award from Bluegrass Tomorrow.
Our advocacy work resulted in a grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in late 2014, of $6.5 million dollars to fund design and construction of sections 4 and 5 of the trail, and design of section 6, which would take the trail to Oliver Lewis Bridge. More recently, through our advocacy the city has applied for a new TIGER grant that includes the final Phase 6 construction funds for the trail in conjunction with a related project through the downtown core, Town Branch Commons. This would provide for a combined 8-mile system which would link up with the nearly completed Legacy Trail for a connected 20-mile system linking our world famous rural landscape with our historic urban core. In fall of 2015, a grant of $3.2 million was given to fund design of the Midland Ave. section of the Town Branch Commons, which will link Town Branch Trail to the Legacy Trail at Isaac Murphy Art Park.
In 2015 TBT partnered with the Downtown Lexington Corporation and Fayette County Extension on the Town Branch Water Walk, an environmental education project which also facilitated activities to promote healthy living and active lifestyles. Members of the Town Branch Board have participated in the advisory committee overseeing the design of trail sections 4,5 and 6 in 2015 and 2016.
Goals: To link Town Branch Trail with a wider, regional trail network.
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