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Richmond Parks and Recreation

hoped to create an attraction during the winter months that can bring smiles and joy to the citizens of Richmond from November to early January .
Although it is different than the norm , the parks department and city of Richmond officials hope these new changes can become a part of the new traditions .
Dr . Jon McChesney , board chairman and EKU professor said , “ When I was a small child there was nothing like driving downtown Richmond and seeing the multi-colored Christmas lights strung across the street creating an enchanted sight ! As the parks board chair , I am excited about this initiative to revive the city ’ s Christmas decorations and enhance the image of Richmond . Given COVID-19 and public gathering limitations , driving through downtown and viewing the Christmas decorations can become a cherished tradition for families .”
Because of the change in fund allocation , Moore had to seek approval of the commission , who was receptive and thankful of the creative thinking .
“ I think this was a perfect year to be able to implement this ,” Moore said . “ We have been talking about the Christmas lights needed updates for several years … This commission has been so supportive of all of our pandemic ideas . So these things that are not typical , the commission is very happy to see us trying to give the community something when we really don ’ t have a lot to work with — they have
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