We'll make winter wonderland shine even brighter - council plans £400k lighting revamp for Lower Gardens (From Bournemouth Echo)
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We'll make winter wonderland shine even brighter - council plans £400k lighting revamp for Lower Gardens
A £400,000 revamp of the lighting in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens is proposed to help transform the area into a winter wonderland this Christmas.
The council is set to invest £100,000 a year over the next four years to support the Gardens of Light Festival during the Christmas shopping period.
This festival was launched last year by Bournemouth traders to try and boost visitor numbers to the town and will be bigger and better this year.
The Town Centre BIDs’ (Business Improvement Districts) Gardens of Light will feature unique, interactive displays inside “light pods” placed throughout the gardens and the trees, river, bridges and pathways will be lit up.
The outdoor ice skating rink will also return, along with a Santa’s Grotto.
A report going to cabinet next Wednesday says that the existing lighting is in a poor condition and in need of repair.
The council’s £400,000 will add to the £520,000 already committed by the BIDs.
It’s estimated that the Gardens of Light Festival will draw in an additional 10,000 people over seven weeks, which would provide an annual cash boost of £290,000 to the local economy.
Cllr Lawrence Williams, portfolio holder for tourism, leisure and culture, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project that will light up the gardens during the darkest time of the year in a sensational, sympathetic and inspirational way.
“I believe this is an essential investment in a high priority town centre location working in partnership with both the Town Centre and Coastal BIDs to provide additional interest and draw to both residents and visitors to the town.”
Designs for the lighting have been developed by Michael Grubb and his team, a local lighting designer whose previous work includes the lighting for the London 2012 Olympic Park.
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