Native Plants Soon To Appear In Fontaine And Lakeshore Drive Areas

Oct 9, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. -  A project aimed at beautifying areas near the Fontaine/Lakeshore Drive corridor in Lexington was launched recently. Drivers who frequent the roads can expect a different view by the end of the month.  

Volunteers are already putting a recently announced $20-thousand dollar grant from Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful to work.

"You'll actually see a difference today. If you drive down Richmond Road you can look out your window and see right there at the Lakeshore/Fontaine area the honeysuckle is starting to be removed, as well as some tree trimming in that area," said Patricia Knight, chair of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.

Knight was joined at a press conference Monday by Urban County Councilman Bill Farmer, who said the project involves more than a cleanup.

"So [they will] do pickup one weekend and then the next weekend they'll do the planting of the native species that we really want to see there, rather than something that just covers up, like a green curtain, so that you don't see what's going on there," he said.

Among the features currently being covered up is a creek. Completing the project will take help from a number of organizations from Kentucky American Water to volunteers from Morton Middle School. The new plants will be installed October 27th.