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Has anybody been to the Trail of Lights this year? We'll be coming in to Austin for the holidaze on Sunday and I hope we can squeeze in a visit to Zilker. It all depends on the mood of thw wife and 3 year old. Also, it looks like they're just calling it the "Zilker Tree". As a bonus, there's a pretty good International Space Station viewing opp that night, but we'd probably have to get away from the tree to be able to spot it.
They had lots of American flags around the base.one tequilatwo tequilathree tequilafloor
Looks like fun.Will Santa know where to deliver to?
Trail of Lights to be scaled backBy Sarah Coppola | Thursday, November 12, 2009, 09:28 AM The Zilker Park Trail of Lights will be scaled back this year, with a smaller budget and fewer lighting displays. It will probably last for one week instead of the usual two, but will still have free admission, City Council Member Mike Martinez said.The Parks Department had considered hiring a private vendor to run the event, which in the past has cost the city nearly $1 million a year to produce. But the city didn’t accept bids from event-management companies until last month, and has basically run out of time to choose a vendor, negotiate a contract and allow the vendor to set up the entire trail by next month.Instead, the city will spend about a third of its normal budget for the event, scale back the lighting displays and the number of days the trail is open, Martinez said. The city will seek corporate sponsors for the trail, as it always has, but will ask city staffers to volunteer their time to set up and take down the light displays, he said. In the past, paid city crews have done that work, he said. It’s not clear where the trail will be held, Martinez said. The Parks Department will announce its formal plans today, but one possibility is setting up the trail on the south side of Barton Springs Road near the Zilker Tree, a tower strung with lights that the city has already set up. The trail is typically held on the Great Lawn, on Zilker’s north side. Martinez said he’s pleased with the plan for this year and hopes the city will continue to seek a private vendor to help produce the trail next year.“We can’t continue to spend a million dollars every year on the trail so we’ll have to figure out a plan. I think a combination of the city working jointly with a private production company could work but we need to have more detailed conversation about it,” Martinez said.“I’d hate for us to lose this tradition, it’s been going on for so long. I’m glad we’ll keep it going (this year) but there’s much to do to keep it going beyond that,” he said.
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