Rather Park light display returns

Trace HarrisTharris@itemonline.comNow through the New Year, lights and decorations will be displayed at Rather Park, courtesy of the City of Huntsville Parks and Recreation Department. 

For the second year in a row, the Huntsville Parks and Leisure Department has lit up Rather Park. Throughout the remainder of 2018, families can come to Rather Park for a magical Christmas light display.

“Last year’s event was a major success, so we decided to continue the lights this year,” said Joseph Wiggs, the Parks and Leisure director at the City of Huntsville. “We have calls throughout the year from parents who want to take their kids out and enjoy the season.”

The display will remain up until after New Year, with the park closing at 10 p.m. daily.

“We have the trees lit up right now and we’re working hard to add more lights and displays,” Wiggs added. “There will be some more santas and reindeer decorations.”

The lights and decorations are expected to bring in increased traffic to the area at night.

“I think this will be great for the community,” Wiggs said. “People can bring their kids and family out and enjoy the lights and decorations. We will also have some college students enjoying themselves and taking pictures.”

The Parks and Leisure Department oversees the maintenance and upkeep overall city-owned parks, including Eastham-Thomason Park, Kate Barr Ross Park and Emancipation Park, as well as several neighborhood parks throughout the community.

“We hope that everything will be on display by the end of the week,” Wiggs concluded. “We are excited for the event and hope it brings some joy to the community.”