From the Director
Welcome to Safety City in Lexington, KY!
Safety City is a beloved institution not just among the school children who visit, but also among the many police officers who have devoted so much love, time, and energy into making it a success. I am honored to be the new director and look forward to continuing our work with the teachers, students, and community members in our service region while building new relationships.
This is an exciting new chapter for Safety City, as Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) College of Justice & Safety and the Lexington Division of Police (LDP) formed a partnership and re-opened the center in October 2014. Safety City originally operated from 1990 to 2009 and did not have a full-time director located on site. The first task for this new partnership was to update the facilities, inside and out, to address issues of disuse. EKU and LDP worked together to paint, detail, and landscape the property. Outer buildings of Safety City were repainted by police officers and EKU students who volunteered their time. They also removed invasive bush honeysuckle which had overgrown the property. EKU pride is shown throughout the building as maroon and white now decorate the office and classroom.
(Left: Before, Right: After)
Safety City focuses primarily on educating 2nd grade students on a variety of safety issues. Within the next year, I look forward to expanding our curriculum to include middle and high school students on the important issues of online security, cyber-bullying, and recreation safety. I am happy to implement some other new changes for Safety City. A Summer Safety Fair each June and a Trick-or-Treat Night each October will be held as opportunities to invite children and their families to our facility for fun, safety related events. EKU Information Technology assisted in creating this new website which features an online scheduling application that will streamline the process for teachers and groups hoping to set up visits. You can also now follow us on Facebook by visiting EKU Safety City.
The school year is our busiest time; this is when roughly 600 students will visit Safety City each month. We recognize the impact we have on the lives of youths and the potential for imparting a life-long message of safety. If you love Safety City, there are ways you can support our work. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible gift, please visit us here or get in touch by email Donna.Armstrong@eku.edu or phone (859) 258-3102.
Donna Armstrong, MSW
Safety City is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, by appointment only.
We are located at 1160 Harry Sykes Way, off Red Mile Road, between Central Equipment and Fayette Seed. Once you turn on Harry Sykes Way, drive past the Family Care Center and the Fayette Ag Extension Office.
We are the next building on your left and you’ll see our mini city in the back.
1160 Harry Sykes Way
Lexington, KY 40504