Ice Forces Yukon To Shut Down 'Christmas In The Park'

Monday, November 30th 2015, 4:22 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

This weekend's ice storm forced the City of Yukon to close their popular Christmas in the Park.

For 20 years it’s been a Christmas tradition for the folks of Yukon, like Glenda Bitner and her son Conner.

“Usually after Thanksgiving we’re all nice and fat we need to go walk some of it off,” laughed Glenda.  “But we couldn’t even do that this year.”

And while this weekend's ice may have originally given some of the displays a little extra sparkle, it eventually caused so much damage city officials were forced to shut it down.

“It has been devastating to our community because it is one of our biggest attractions,” said Jenna Roberson with the City of Yukon. “It’s something that’s really important to our community and our city employees.”

In addition, Christmas in the Park is funded entirely by donations; money that's currently needed more than ever but not coming in.

Roberson says now that's it's safe, city crews will assess the damage and decide when and if they can reopen. 

Many, like Glenda and Conner are hoping it won't be long.

“It is a bummer, it is a bummer.  We love going down there,” said Glenda. 

“I wish it never happened,” said Conner. 

Because of damage to trees, all of the other Parks in Yukon are closed as well.