Bright Lights 2020 Cancelled

Friday October 16th, 2020

Posted at 4:46pm

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The City of Windsor has cancelled Bright Lights for 2020.

In a report going to City Council Monday, administration says that “during these unprecedented times which includes provincial regulations which limit gathering restrictions, the department in consultation with the local Health Unit has been forced to cancel many events in 2020 including but not limited to Open Streets and Bright Lights.”

The City says that one potential alternative they are looking at is to take some of the Bright Light displays that are normally at Jackson Park and set them up at indoor City facilities such as the atrium at City Hall, the WFCU Centre and the atrium at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. These buildings are already open to the public and provide a safe and secure location for a display.

Another option is a partnership with local BIA’s and provides matching funds to make displays in various areas of the City. The BIA’s would need to come up with the initial funding, and the City could match the funding amount between $1,000 and $20,000 per BIA. With a total of nine BIA’s throughout the City, the maximum amount that would be funded by the City would be $180,000.

City council will discuss both options Monday.

The City says that traditional areas of the City that are decorated will continue to be such as Dougall Avenue, Howard, Mackenzie Hall, Garry Dugal Park, etc.

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