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New lighting proposed for Central Park

Artists rendering of new Central Park lighting. Courtesy Jones Foundation

Scott Jones, representing the Jones Foundation, presented his unique vision for Central Park to Red Wing City Council members at their regular meeting Feb. 26.

"We call Central Park the community's living room," Jones said, and he proceeded to unveil the foundation's plans to add lighting enhancements to the park.

The Jones Foundation would like to offer the lighting as a gift to the city, which would then be installed and maintained by Public Works. The lighting will help make a statement about one of Red Wing's most historic places.

The concept for the park's lighting was inspired by a recent trip taken by Jones and his wife to Ravinia Park in Chicago. The Jones saw the potential for what lighting can bring to an outdoor community space and believed it would be a beautiful addition to Red Wing.

"Lighting can be such a powerful medium," agreed council member John Becker.

The lighting will face upward to highlight the limestone rocks and trees, creating a warm and special feeling in the outdoor space. Pending the council's approval, the lighting will be unveiled on July 21, 2018 at the 10th annual Rolling River Music Festival.

Jones said that the Heritage Preservation Commission has already viewed the plans and HPC members believe it will fit nicely into the historic district.

Council President Kim Beise registered his excitement over the project, and all members of the council seemed impressed by the proposed display. The council will likely vote to accept the gift at their next meeting March 12.