Stringing lights throughout the yard is an unofficial start of the holiday season for some Lone Tree residents, who are willing to spend a weekend creating LED magic throughout their homes.
Darin Rose, facilities manager for the City of Lone …
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Darin Rose, facilities manager for the City of Lone Tree, is responsible for lighting up the entire city with holiday lights, a display that not only delights residents, but brings visitors from all along the Front Range.
”It's really about the experience,” Rose said. "Our goal is to create a display that can become a destination. Someplace families will visit and feel warm and welcome.”
Rose contracts with Denver-based Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape specialists each year to string and maintain the lights, and said this year's display has been in the works since February.
"As soon as last year's lights were down, we walked through the city and discussed new colors and modifications,” said Rose. "We included some more colored lights and went to a cool white on the others.”
Matt Schovel, commercial department manager for Swingle, said crews worked long hours to get the lights ready to go before colder weather set in.
"There's a lot of detail that goes into stringing lights. Some of the trees we light up each individual branch, others we string lights to create a canopy in the top of the tree,” Schovel said.
In all, the lighting of Lone Tree includes about 18,000 bulbs of varying sizes, 50 decorated trees and thousands of feet of fascia, lit garland and stake lighting.
One benefit of contracting the lighting out to Swingle is the city can change lights and displays annually if they are so inclined, said Rose. The lights themselves, the stringing and removal of the lights and the maintenance of the displays is included in the contract price of $30,000.
The lights are completed but not plugged in, and will be lit all at once the weekend before Thanksgiving.
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