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6,000 flags give a hint of what's to come at Isaac Murphy garden

Nearly 6,000 colored flags trace the design of the garden that will begin to take shape next spring for the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden at Midland Avenue and East Third Street.

Nearly 6,000 colored flags trace the design of the garden that will begin to take shape next spring for the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden at Midland Avenue and East Third Street. 

The Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden is ablaze with color from almost 6,000 small flags laid out in the design of the plantings, walkways and low walls that will be built there.

Construction is due to start in the spring on the garden at Midland Avenue and East Third Street.

When M2D Design Group — landscape architects and urban planners — realized the garden could not be even started, much less completed, in time for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, it put out the flags to let the public see what the layout will be, said Morgan Dye, project manager. On display are 30 of the planned 250 decorative concrete stepping stones created by local school children.

Murphy, a famous early African-American jockey, competed in 11 Kentucky Derbys between 1877 and 1893, becoming the first jockey to win three.

The beginning of the 12-mile Legacy Trail bike and hiking path to link downtown to the Kentucky Horse Park will begin at the Memorial Art Garden.

The first phase of the garden will cost $150,00, Dye said, adding that sculptures and art work are also slated to go in the park.

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