Numbers behind the downtown decorations

Those pretty lights in Krutch Park and on the tree trunks on Summit Hill? There are about a quarter million of them out there for holiday decorations – Knoxville’s Christmas in the City.


Over Thanksgiving week, David Brace emailed a few figures on the scope of the decorations found downtown for the holidays. He picked up the nitty gritty from Alex Neubert, manager of of the city’s Service Area 1 that includes downtown Knoxville. Some figures:

  • 55 candy cane poles.
  • 40 wreaths.
  • Over 70 light poles wrapped with garland and lights.
  • About a quarter million lights strung on Summit Hill and through Krutch Park and Krutch extension.
  • 8 people dedicated to decorating downtown from service area.
  • 2 to 4 people from engineering who do light poles, with a couple people from facilities who do electrical work.
  • Work starts Oct 1st; it takes six weeks to do everything, including building the ice rink.
  • New – a 28 foot rope lit tree at Cradle of Country Music Park provided by the Chilhowee Park crew.
  • 660 labor hours used building the ice rink.
  • Decorating took close to 251 hours.

It would be interesting to see the utility bill for the decorations.

With all that work in mind, what should be the hashtag for photos taken around town of those and other holiday decorations? I kind of like #knoxmas



About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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