Lexington officials celebrated the opening of a new concession stand with bathrooms Monday at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in the Winburn neighborhood.
The $245,000 concession stand is part of a larger renaissance of the park on McCullough Drive that is home to several well-known Lexington youth sports teams, including the MLK Broncos, the Lexington Ducks and the Winburn Pirates. Concession sales will help support those youth sports teams, city officials said Monday.
The new building replaces a much older concession stand that was in poor condition.
The city plans to add a new multi-purpose sports field to the park, plus new benches and trash cans. Habitat for Humanity and neighbors have worked together to paint, remove invasive plant species and add more landscaping.
At Monday’s ribbon-cutting, Mayor Jim Gray also honored two longtime MLK Broncos football coaches. Coach Kenneth “KT” Smith has coached at MLK Park for 28 years and has been a coach for Lexington Parks and Recreation for 41 years. Assistant coach Charles Fields has been a coach for 37 years and has worked as the parks and recreation supervisor of MLK Park for 28 years.
“Thanks to dedicated coaches, board members, parents and fans, these teams are about winning much more than games,” Gray said Monday. “These programs are about making winners of the young men who learn the importance of teamwork and hard work here.”