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Gardenside Pride celebrates dedication of new bus shelter, sign thanks to collaboration for beautification

11th District Councilmember Peggy Henson, in partnership with Art in Motion, Inc. (AIM), Lextran, LexArts and several Gardenside neighborhood associations, kicked off the first celebration of Gardenside Pride and dedication of the new Gardenside Plaza bus shelter and sign Sunday.

Peggy Henson

Peggy Henson

Gardenside Pride Celebration

The inaugural Gardenside Pride Celebration featured music from two Lexington bands, Water and Superb-o, dance performances by Casa de la Cultura Hispana de Lexington, swing dancing with the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and an appearance from Cambo the Clown. The Lexington Arts and Sciences Center, Bluegrass Greensource, several Gardenside businesses and other groups are participated in the event. Barbecue, ice cream and cold drinks topped off the afternoon.


AIM bus shelter dedication

The rehabilitation of the Gardenside Plaza bus shelter started as an idea mentioned in the living room of a resident hosting a neighborhood association meeting.

Henson, who initiated the project, worked with AIM and a group of neighborhood stakeholders to secure funding for the restoration and served on the jury that chose artist Guy Kemper’s mural to be featured as part of the shelter.

The success of this project energized and motivated residents in the Gardenside area to unite, calling themselves “Gardenside Pride,” with the goal to improve the neighborhood they live in.

Kemper’s ceramic mosaic mural pays tribute to the mid-century modern period of American architecture and the art deco inspirations of the Pierson-Trapp Co. partners who built the Gardenside shopping center and sign to serve then-new suburban neighborhoods on Lexington’s west side.

Guy Kemper's mosaic mural in progress here is part of the restoration effort.

Guy Kemper’s mosaic mural, in progress here, was part of the restoration effort.

The mural, installed last November, was part of a larger restoration effort of the iconic structure that was originally built in 1961. Other upgrades included replacing the old neon light fixtures and lettering that spell out “Gardenside Plaza,” with new faces and energy efficient LED lights. The entire structure was rewired and LED lighting was also installed inside of the shelter to provide a safe waiting place for public transit riders.

From Gardenside Pride

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