LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A popular downtown park has a new look, and Lexington leaders are wondering if the complaints citizens had about it in the past will now disappear.
Phoenix Park has been the center of controversy between the people who frequent it and the residents who live beside it. Are the changes enough to please both parties?
Lexington leaders admit they've had problems with Phoenix Park in the past. Officers have dealt with a number of complaints there, and people living in the complex beside it have expressed concern for their own safety.
"We have increased police presence throughout the entire entertainment district. A number of steps are being taken," notes Lexington's Commissioner of General Services Geoff Reed. He says increased police patrols throughout the entire downtown area are helping.
There are new tables, new chairs, and smaller trees throughout the park. There's an open layout, and an increase in visibility in every direction.
"We think it's a safer park now. It's safe by design," he says, "we're not trying to exclude anybody from the park. We're trying to get more people into the park. And we think the way it looks, the way it's gonna be set up will be inviting to everyone."