Integrate the Greenspace Plan into urban and rural area.
Availability and accessibility of greenspace is essential for human growth and development. As suggested in the 1994 Greenspace Plan, the benefits of creating a comprehensive greenspace system go far beyond leisure and aesthetics, and are fundamental to the future economy and quality of the environment of this community and the entire Bluegrass Region. Protecting our remaining greenspace is not a luxury; it is a necessity for maintaining the quality of life that Bluegrass residents have always enjoyed and will continue to desire for the future.
Greenspace is more than horse farms, parks, and rock fences; it also encompasses natural environments such as streams, sinkholes, and the Kentucky River, valuable resources such prime soils; buildings that recall the community’s founding and history; the experience of the city or countryside from an automobile; and the ability to travel safely by bicycle or on foot. The Greenspace system refers to the rich fabric of these qualities woven together throughout the community, giving it a coherent identity. Greenspace benefits to environmental quality include safeguarding water quality; supporting biodiversity in the urban and rural area; and educating present and future stewards of the environment.