‘Let there be lights. Let there be washrooms.’: Xmas plans for Lamoureux Park

In this November 2017, file photo, trees are lit up in Lamoureux Park as part of Canada 150 celebrations. City council has agreed to spend $60,000 on an assortment of winter additions to the park, including new lights at the clock tower. But a big scale light and music display won't be in the park this year. Lighting upgrades have been referred to the 2021 budget. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

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.