In coordination with the East Lake Neighborhood Association and the Chattanooga Department of Public Works, a grassroots band of area residents wrapped lights around trees on the East Lake Park island Sunday, December 15.
Led by Kelly Lacy, visual effects supervisor at Fancy Rhino, East Lake resident and apprentice with NieuCommunities Chattanooga, the group used the Department of Public Works’ boat to ferry equipment to the island and, they hoped, spread some Christmas cheer.
Lacy developed the idea after researching the history of the East Lake neighborhood at the Chattanooga Public Library. He discovered an old tradition of lighting up the island every December, a custom that had been out of practice for at least 15 years. Hoping to revitalize community spirit in the neighborhood, Lacy reached out for support from the City of Chattanooga, the East Lake Neighborhood Association, local nonprofits and East Lake area businesses.
The entire process, from inception to realization, took less than two months.
The lights will be on display in the evenings at East Lake Park, 3000 E. 34th