Tunnel of lights added to Holiday in the Park


A tunnel of lights added this year to the Holiday in the Park at Twin Lakes is proving a popular attraction.

Holiday in the Park dominated conversation at the Tuesday, Nov. 27, Paris Park Board meeting, with park board members reporting seeing many social media postings of photos people are taking inside the tunnel. The lighted holiday display opened Thanksgiving and remains in place through New Year’s Eve. City employees will start dismantling and storing items in early January.

Board member Jodi Thierl said a traffic counter revealed 592 vehicles drove through the display Thanksgiving evening and more than 800 vehicles passed through the park Saturday, Nov. 24.

Park board members thanked superintendent of streets, alleys and parks Chris Redman and the city work crew for getting the lighted displays ready. Members especially appreciated the effort to locate all of the memorial signs in one place.

“There are still a few scattered among the other displays,” said Redman. “I knew we wouldn’t get them all this year. We’ll try harder next year. It’s a process.”

Earlier this year, the park board decided to concentrate all of the memorial displays for deceased people in one location. They noted while wanting to be sensitive to families that have lost loved ones, they questioned the appropriateness of such signs in a display devoted to the joy of Christmas.

Redman said it will be a fairly easy process to build more components for expanding the length of the light tunnel for 2019, and board members briefly discussed wanting more participation from local businesses and organizations to either install or sponsor lighted displays.

“We are about maxed out on electricity,” said Redman, noting city employees installed new breakers this year when one area kept going dark. “If we are going to add more stuff in the future, we will have to do some electrical work out there.”

Board member Cliff Mackie suggested one option is to start replacing the cartoon illuminated cartoon characters that have nothing to do with Christmas as new things are added. The other emphasis is to make sure new additions use LED lights, which draw less power.