The McConnell's Trace Greenway Improvements project offers a new perspective on incorporating a healthy ecosystem into our neighborhoods. McConnells Trace is one of Lexington’s most recent, high-density neighborhoods. The subdivision was built with bands of greenspace to serve as utility corridors, storm sewer drains and detention basins. In many neighborhoods, greenways are often considered a liability rather than an asset. Because of safety hazards and ongoing maintenance costs, neither developers, homeowners or municipalities want to be held responsible for a parcel that has no economic value. Often these areas are abandoned, neglected and considered a “no man’s land”.
The purpose of this project was to turn an eyesore into an asset. The city had taken ownership of the property and had reached out to the community. Homeowners and local volunteers had planted trees along the site’s perimeter. However, significant erosion was washing out gullies and filling the detention basin with sediment. EcoGro was awarded a bid to stabilize drainage areas and build the base for a spur from Town Branch Trail.