Lexington library opens family patio space at Northside Branch

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Public Library hosted a ribbon cutting for a new Family Patio at the Northside Branch.

The event officially opened the covered, outdoor, multipurpose space which was funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s BGCF365 and Lexington Public Library Foundation.

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The new space will serve as a community resource and safe place for families with small children to play, learn, and spend quality time together. The Play Patio is accessible only by going through the library.

“This is a really great example, especially on Kentucky Gives Day, about how donations come back, and great things happen in our community,” said Anne Donworth, the Library’s Director of Development, Marketing & Communications.

The project, which was funded before the pandemic, had to be put on hold with the outbreak of COVID-19 and safety measures being put in place that necessitated businesses temporarily suspending in-person visitors and buildouts such as the Play Patio.

“BGCF365 is committed to investing in public spaces that matter, where everyone feels welcome and the Northside (Library) Play Patio does just that,” said Stites & Harbison Partner and BGCF365 Co-Chair Rebecca Sherman. “This thoughtfully designed patio will enhance growth, civic engagement, health, and advance equality.”

The new space is ideally suited for children, their families, and caregivers to read, talk, sing, write, and play which are the five key elements for early childhood development.

“Today’s announcement tells us that the Library’s commitment to new services continues,” said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. “And the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel get brighter every day as our city finds a way to move ahead through new vaccines, a loosening of restrictions, and today, a new play patio.”