Did you know there is a creek beneath the city? Lexington was founded on the banks of the Town Branch Fork of the Elkhorn River, which provided a source of freshwater for colonial settlers. As the city grew, Lexington’s relationship with Town Branch changed, and the creek was buried below ground in two culverts. Click the episodes along the culvert lines (shown in white) to listen to episodes as you tread over the city’s underground stormwater system to investigate the history, ecology, geology and infrastructure that impact the city’s hidden waterway.
The Town Branch Water Walk is a collaboration between designers, educators, nonprofit and corporate sponsors, and was developed through the LFUCG Stormwater Incentive Grant Program. Maps and podcasts were developed by landscape architecture students at the University of Kentucky in collaboration with SCAPE Landscape Architecture and MTWTF graphic design studio.
The Town Branch Water Walk was created by: SCAPE Landscape Architecture PLLC, MTWTF, the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, Peach Technology, and the University of Kentucky’s Landscape Architecture Program in collaboration with Bluegrass Greensource, the Fayette Alliance, Town Branch Trail, Lord Aeck Sargent, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Cooperative Extension, Downtown Lexington Corporation, University of Kentucky’s College of Design, and the YMCA.
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