Nearly 30,000 lights illuminate Kane’s Evergreen Park

Evergreen Park in Kane is illuminated for the Christmas season. The lights are the result of a community-wide effort that began a few years ago.

During the Christmas season, anyone who ventures through Kane’s Evergreen Park in the evening will have a special treat: nearly 30,000 blue and white Christmas lights.

The lights — possible thanks to the Lights For Evergreen project — are on a timer that keeps them on from 5:10 p.m. to midnight daily, according to Kim Cecchetti, founder of Lights For Evergreen.

The project brought the Kane community together a few years ago to bring illumination to the park.

“The community has been very positive and supportive,” said Ceccheti. “We have had an overwhelming response of how beautiful Evergreen Park looks lit up.”

She said there are 18 sponsored trees this year.

Sponsoring families purchase lights for a tree and bring them to the park to be put up, and they store the lights during the off-season. The Cecchettis — Kim Cecchetti and husband Bill — help hang lights for families who are not able.

New this year, the committee has wrapped “the sponsored tree trunks for more pop in color... and boy how beautiful it all looks too!” she said.

Kane Borough pays the electricity bill, but Kim Cecchetti noted the lights are cost efficient because they are LED lights.

Nice weather made setting up easier this year, she added.

“Bill and I were able to light the park two weeks early this year due to the good weather and getting it done,” she explained. “While Bill helped or directed the sponsors to get their lights hung in the gazebo area, I worked at the Memorial Point, hanging lights on shrubs.”

Kim Cecchetti said her husband was able to get the huge tree at Memorial Point decorated with the help of friends.

“Bill and I work together getting the lights hung in the gazebo building and shrubs that surround it,” she added. “We have a beautiful sponsored tree in the middle that is just breathtaking.”

Volunteers put a great deal of time into the decorations, and the result is an enchanting scene for the community to enjoy the whole holiday season.

“I love planning and seeing the final results!” said Cecchetti, who explained, the park is “just so breathtaking and magical with the blue glow on the snow. But as I always say, you must see it in person to experience that beautiful scene.”