CORNWALL – Cornwall will have some holiday lights in Lamoureux Park this winter and it’s the $60,000 start of a potentially ambitious plan to wire up the city’s premiere park.
City council agreed Monday night to spend $15,000 to add lights to the clock tower in time for Christmas, as well as have a toboggan hill this winter ($5,000) and snow clearing along the lighted portions of the path network in Lamoureux Park ($15,000).
After some procedural wrangling, council agreed to spend $25,000 to winterize the washroom at the splash pad to allow it to be open for winter.
Coun. Todd Bennett called the plan a “good short-term solution.”
As for the bigger ticket items – $250,000 to replace existing lighting in the entire park and expand the lighted areas through a phased-in approach, $42,125 to add coloured LED flood lights and electrical supply at the clock tower and $135,000 to add electrical service through the entire park – that’s been referred to the 2021 budget talks.
“Let there be lights. Let there be washrooms,” Mayor Bernadette Clement exclaimed after council voted. The mayor reflected on how contentious adding the splash pad and washroom/canteen was years ago but it’s turned out to be a great asset for the park.