Coonskin Light Display Late from Storm Cleanup

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Things look a little different at Coonskin Park this year on the week its holiday light display traditionally kicks off. It's usually ready to shine the day after Thanksgiving, but this time the holiday cheer has to wait a little longer.

Signs of the derecho linger around the park, giving crews a cleanup challenge that isn't done yet. That's putting the light show on hold for now.

"There were two or three electrical boxes that we needed to replace where trees had fallen on them and damaged them," park recreational supervisor Brad Maschari said.

Crews have managed to get half the lights in place and say the other half will be up by December 1. That's when they say the public can come to see a slightly different show.

"We relocated some of the different displays and switched things around a little bit just to try and give it a little more of a flow," Maschari said.

He says a lot of progress has been made in the past few months since the park was shut down after the storm.

"All of the trees that were leaning, falling, cracked and broken have been cleaned up," he said. "There are no safety issues with the trees in the main part of the park."

Managers say all of the usual lights will be up for the display, just in a different order.

They say FEMA had to stop by and look at the damage before much of the cleanup efforts could start. They were also put behind schedule by Thanksgiving coming a week early this year.

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