Mayor Jim Gray is hoping to bring a river walk, like the one in San Antonio, Texas, to Lexington.
"Right now the master plan around Rupp Arena and the renovation plans are to include a water feature around the Town Branch Creek," explains Mayor Gray, "both cities have a rich authentic history and with its river walk San Antonio was able to celebrate that history."
The river walk has become of the largest attractions in the Lone Star state. "It will help bring tourism to our state, it will bring a quality of life, it will be an inspiring and compelling attraction for our citizens."
Many big cities like Seoul, Korea and Yonkers, New York have incorporated the 'river walk' concept to expand their downtown areas.
Here in Lexington,Mayor Gray hopes to make the use of Town Branch Creek downtown to do the same thing.
"Our Town Branch, like San Antonio's river walk, wan an original water feature around which the cities were settled. Cities around the country and around the world are actually resurfacing their water features to create local attractions. Advanced cities and advanced economies all have some sort of unique water feature that brings people together. That is our focus, we're wanting to expand our economic prosperity and opportunity."
Mayor Gray says he hopes to move forward on this project in the near future.