The Infrastructure Committee of Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, led by Chair Ford Cavallari, has been busy working on a major project to replace the old trellis lights that were failing. New LED lights are being installed to serve both for holiday and year-round use.
The white lights which have been on for several months are to provide pedestrian illumination, replacing the broken 1975-era fixtures. The white-only lights won’t replace the traditional “blue and white” holiday illumination – that will still happen starting November 23rd (come out at 5:30 pm for the free lighting celebration) – but they will be on the rest of the year.
Adjacent businesses and safety-advocates have applauded the higher illumination level of the new lights, but others have criticized the illumination level as “market-like” and too bright.
Help FOCCP by weighing in on what you think about the brightness of the white lights. Is the white pedestrian lighting level “too bright” or “about right”? Vote for your preference in the poll below.
As a reward for voting, here are some exclusive, preview photos from a testing session last week. These are NOT the way the final trellis lights will look. At the testing session, only a few sections of the trellis were turned on and the committee was just having fun with some color combinations. Starting November 23rd at the trellis lighting, the LED lights will feature the seasonal “blue and white” colors.