The lights have been turned out and the party is over.
Ardmore Parks and Recreation Department staff have begun the process of taking down the Festival of Lights displays. More than 7,000 cars visited the festival this past year. Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said the final figures from the festival will be presented during the February Board meeting of the Regional Park Board of Trustees.
The process of taking down the lights is going slower as staff is marking the cords to make it more efficient to put up the displays.
In other business discussed during the Regional Park board meeting Monday, the Lakeview golf course is having the No. 13 and No. 16 greens redone. Basketball has started at both the HFV Wilson Community Center and the YMCA.
The Chigger Chase was officially a success with over $27,000 raised. There is still $1,800 that has not yet been turned in with $1,350 in sponsorships and the remainder in registration fees. The event is a fundraiser for the authority, which donates half the proceeds to the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma. Santa’s Workshop was also described as a success, drawing 1,518, an increase from the 1,373 that attended in 2014.
The board nominated and approved Nancy Sjulin to serve as the chairman for the upcoming year with Andy Harlow to serve as vice chairman and Gabe Richardson to serve as the treasurer.
After the meeting, Ervin said progress is being made toward placement of a splash pad at Southwest Park. It is expected to be placed on the city commission this spring. Ervin said the department has added an improvement at the park with seven new trees.