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Pavilion in Cheapside Park opens

The Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park officially opened Friday.

The ribbon was cut by Fifth Third Bank Central Kentucky President & CEO Sam Barnes, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry, councilmembers and representatives of the Downtown Lexington Corp., businesses and the Farmers Market.

The pavilion, which is still under construction, is the new home of the Farmers Market. The market opened last Saturday along Short Street and will utilize the finished half of the pavilion, said Farmers Market marketing manager Jeff Dabblet. Part of the market will still be held on Short Street, and Upper Street will be used, if needed.

The glass pavilion covers approximately 5,700 square feet that can accommodate approximately 28 farmers on market day. The building will be cooled with fans donated by Big Ass Fans. It sits on granite pavers, and there are permeable pavers in the park, which allow water to pass through rather than increasing storm-water run-off.

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