UK students present landscape ideas for new Wesley Village development

Published 12:13 pm Tuesday, December 26, 2023

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22 students from the University of Kentucky’s College of Landscape Architecture recently presented their ideas for a Wesley Village Senior Living Community expansion.

According to Alan Beuscher, the vice president for community relations at Wesley Village, the facility purchased 27 additional acres of land in spring 2023.

Wesley Village leadership hopes to have the development start as soon as possible in 2024.

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Before that can start, though, the village is in need of a plan of how to use the plot of land- this is where UK students come in. According to their professor, these students worked on this project for the entire fall semester.

On Tuesday, Dec.12, Dr. Chris Sass brought 22 of his landscape architecture students to Wesley Village to present their ideas and plans on how the new land should be developed to residents, staff, board members and supporters of the Wilmore senior living community.

“We were excited and encouraged to see the innovative creations,” Beuscher said. These innovations include pickleball courts, butterfly way stations, and bio swells (the natural way to heal sinkholes) as part of the undergraduates’ “vision for the future” project.

“We are so excited and encouraged to see how these wonderful students have embraced the essence of what a vibrant retirement community should be about, adding so many creative enhancements to the living accommodations we would normally provide. Working together with the UK College of Landscape Architecture, our new development will become more than we ever hoped or imagined it could be!” said Glenda Creech, president and CEO of Wesley Village.

Five students returned a few days later with Sass for a second, more in-depth presentation, where the students lined up at the village with large posters depicting their individual projects.

To celebrate the landscape architecture students and the holiday season, hors d’oeuvres were served and well-known local talent Whit Whitaker provided inspiration with several songs of the season.