Greenways are corridors of protected open space used for conservation and recreation.
Greenways often follow natural features and link neighborhoods to nature reserves,parks, schools,cultural features, and historic sites. Greenways can be publicly or privately owned, or the result of public/private partnerships.
Some greenways include trails, others do not. Some appeal to people, others attract wildlife. From downtown to the rural countryside, greenways will provide a vast network linking Lexington’s special places.
Greenways provide a quality of life that is cherished by many people but, unfortunately, is largely unavailable in Lexington. Open spaces have disappeared at an alarming rate to make room for new development in our community.
Citizens have said ‘yes’ to preserving open spaces, greenways, farmlands, and other important habitats. Greenways provide what many Lexingtonians seek: close-to-home recreational areas, historic preservation, educational experiences, natural landscapes, and beautification.
Both trails and greenways help communities build pride by ensuring that their neighborhood are good places to live, so that everyone can safely walk or bike to a park, school, or to a neighbor’s home.
Gleneagles has over 30 acres of greenways located along 3 small streams throughout the neighborhood. They are all owned by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, (LFUCG) and are open to the public and homeowners for open space and passive recreation. They are also designated as flood plains and, as such, have an important function in the LFUCG’s storm water management plan. All of the greenways are considered important wildlife habitat areas. Each greenway has a slightly different management plan based on the ecological conditions of each area.
For more information about the greenways please visit Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Greenways.