Albany Mayor Aims To Pull Plug on ‘Lights in the Park’
The TU reports that if holiday lights were to move, a more ideal location would be the Harriman state office campus off of Washington Avenue Extension.
According to the report, the Mayor did not hold back when talking about the the logjam created on weekend nights when cars are backed up waiting to get into the annual event that funnels tens of thousands of dollars into Albany's Police Athletic League. “The sheer volume of traffic … it’s unacceptable,” Sheehan said according to the Times Union.
As someone who lives in center square, I look forward to the tradition of Capital Holiday Lights in the Park and this year with Covid, it's pretty much been the one night out that our family could enjoy.
We not only love to drive through the display, but the lights really make the park look special for the 38 days they're lit. Some residents and business owners legitimately have an issue with some of the gridlock is causes, but I think losing it to another part of Albany would do more harm than good. It would not only leave an aesthetic void in center square, it would send thousands of carloads to another part of Albany effectively ruining any chance of local businesses to capitalize on the sheer amount of people in brings to the area.