Our Neighborhood

Walking, running, biking in Meadowthorpe? Refer to this detailed map of the Meadowthorpe neighborhood with each street labeled with its distance in feet. Given that one mile is 5,280 feet, a resident can easily calculate a path the distance of their liking, starting and ending at their own home. Even though we complain about the noise from New Circle Road, it really is an awesome gate-keeper for us. We are fortunate that the arrangement of our neighborhood does not provide a “cut-through” to get across town, which many neighborhoods experience. With our boundaries, we have much less non-resident traffic, thus much safer and quieter streets and sidewalks. Use this map to enjoy the great outdoors and our great neighborhood!

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In order to highlight the critical importance of trees to the environment, in 2015, Meadowthorpe Neighborhood Association developed a Meadowthorpe Tree Walk Guide. The idea behind the guide was to get residents out walking and doing their own investigations and letting the trees speak for themselves. Another important purpose of this project was to identify approved street trees and provide positive examples of good tree selection and planting. Lastly, the failing ash trees and pin oaks in Meadowthorpe are highlighted as a way to emphasize the fragility of the environment.

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There is an effort underway to include a connection for Town Branch Trail as part of the New Circle Road expansion. Current design is underway to connect the Town Branch Trail from Masterson Station Park to Manchester Street.

Trail Way Plans

Preserving and protecting the character of neighborhoods has been an ongoing process within the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for many years. Through a neighborhood-driven process, the Neighborhood Design Character (ND-1) Overlay Zone requires property owners to observe limitations on such design elements as height, setbacks, and some building materials. As of November 2015, Meadowthorpe is one of only five Lexington neighborhoods with an ND-1 ordinance in place. (Chevy Chase, Greenbriar, Montclair, and The Colony are the others.) As an exemplary post-WWII suburban neighborhood, it is important that Meadowthorpe’s unique character be protected.

MNA Ordinance No. 44-2012






Secret Elves

A neighbor(s) unexpected gift of leaving ornaments on trees throughout the neighborhood. No scheduled event or even a request, but a ‘special elf neighbor’ has been surprising residents with an ornament found hanging in a tree near the sidewalk.


Meadowthorpe Annual Yard Sale (first Saturday in June)


4th of July Flags

The few days leading up to July 4 each year are very festive in Meadowthorpe. The neighborhood association provides a small flag for each household to celebrate the holiday. Street representatives place and remove the flags at each household during this time creating a display of US flags lining each street in the neighborhood.


Annual Ice Cream Social

Every July, the neighborhood association provides free ice cream for neighbors of all ages at Meadowthorpe Park. This is another tradition in Meadowthorpe and occurs the 2nd Tuesday of July each year.


Christmas Luminaries

Each Dec. 24 a team of neighbors place paper bags with sand in front of each house with a candle. Either a street representative or homeowner light the candle at dusk creating a street of luminaries throughout the entire neighborhood of 444+ households.