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Newsletter, Spring 2015

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National Register of Historic Places, Inventory Nomination Form - 1986. Prepared by Bettie L. Kerr, Historic Resources Administrator, Lexington/Fayette County Historic Commission

Ashland Park Historic District and its implications for revitalizing and maintaining our neighborhood (6 page summary)

Ashland Neighborhood Association Membership Form

The Trees of "Ashland Park"

The area known as Ashland Park was designed by the nationally renowned Olmstead Brothers Firm, founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects and designer of New York's Central Park and Louisville's park system.  The historical designation of Ashland Park includes approximately 2/3's of the Ashland Neighborhood Association and the entirety of the adjacent Ashland Park Neighborhood Association.  Because of their vision, the neighborhood has a graceful, garden-like quality that includes common areas and hundreds of mature trees.  Unfortunately, the tree canopy is in decline due to a combination of age, disease and lack of regular comprehensive tree maintenance. 

Since 2004, ANA's tree committee and additional volunteers have worked to plant new trees and protect our existing trees.   Through the generous donations of neighborhood residents, over 60 trees that included Hybrid Elms and flowering trees such as Dogwood and Redbuds were planted in common areas on Slashes, Desha, McDowell and Woodspoint. 

A great number of Elms were planted on Slashes to take the place of 25-year-old London Plane trees heavily damaged during the 2003 ice storm. A canker disease unfortunately attacked newly-planted Elms around Lexington in 2005, including many of the Elms planted on Slashes. However, the five replacement Elms planted in 2006 have done well.
During the same time period, the ice-storm damaged London Plane trees recovered better than predicted and were determined to be capable of growing into healthy stable trees if properly pruned. In response, the ANA tree committee's shifted its attention to raising funds to prune and maintain the London Plane trees on Slashes.

The ANA tree committee applied unsuccessfully for Lexington Neighborhood and Community Sustainability Grants in 2010 and 2011 to pay for major pruning work.  After launching another successful donation fundraising campaign during the fall of 2011, the London Planes, large Sycamores and smaller trees on Slashes received a thorough pruning by Dave Leonard, Consulting Arborist.

The urgent needs of the trees in the neighborhood's common areas have been addressed. Under local law, property owners have a legal obligation to maintain and replace their street trees. The ANA tree committee's long-term goal is to be proactive and encourage homeowners and rental property owners to replant and maintain the neighborhood's street trees sooner rather than later. 12/4/2011 Yvette Hurt.

* The historical designation of Ashland Park includes approximately 2/3's of the Ashland Neighborhood Association and the entirety of the adjacent Ashland Park Neighborhood Association.