Downtown Frederick Partnership announces new holiday lights to be installed

Officials say they hope this will help make the downtown experience better

FREDERICK, Md. - It's clearly summer time. However, the Downtown Frederick Partnership will be testing new holiday lights pretty soon.

The Partnership is working with the city of Frederick and the Tourism Council of Frederick County to redo the holiday lights throughout downtown Frederick. They say they're testing a new technique that they've seen in other cities nearby, and they believe it will have a greater impact as visitors and residents are walking along the streets while shopping and dining downtown.

"We'll begin installing in September, the lights will be lit in November, and this is kind of a pilot project for us, so we will all evaluate with community input, as well as whether or not the lights are effective and if folks like the change,” said Downtown Frederick Partnership Associate Director, Danielle Doll.

The total project cost is approximately $125,000 and the Partnership has already received $65,000 towards the project. A fund has been set up at the Community Foundation of Frederick County to raise the additional $60,000 needed for the project. Gifts received to the fund will be used for the purchase of new LED lighting, outdoor extension cords, and labor costs. Those wishing to support this project and make a donation to the fund may do so through a secure site at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/HolidayLights.

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