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Picton’s Christmas tree has a new home

The Shire Hall parkette on Picton Main Street is home to the Christmas tree this year.

The Town of Picton Christmas tree has a new home this year.

An existing evergreen tree in the Shire Hall parkette will be decorated in celebration of the holiday season.

The municipality and the Picton BIA worked together to identify another location for the tree rather than near the Cenotaph on Picton Main Street.

“We want to respect the Cenotaph and the veterans it honours, first and foremost,” said Mayor Steve Ferguson. “Beside Shire Hall is a great spot for a Christmas tree, with the entire parkette lit up and space for people to gather if they wish.”

Using the tree in the Shire Hall parkette is also a more environmentally-friendly option, said Sarah Doiron, Manager, Picton BIA.

“Many people we spoke to were in favour of a real tree. We wanted it to be a live tree so that we can watch it grow, instead of cutting down a new tree each year,” she said.

The Picton BIA is hard at work getting the town ready for the holiday season. This year, 10 new lit snowflakes will be added to lamp standards on Picton Main Street.

As well, the west end of Picton Main Street between Tim Hortons and the LCBO will be lit up this year. All of the decorations will be in place in time for the annual Picton Santa Claus Parade Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1-3 pm.

Parking in Picton is free of charge beginning Dec. 1 through to March 31. During December, people are kindly asked to still “feed the meter” in support of the Food for Learning program, which ensures local students have daily access to breakfast, lunch and/or snacks while at school.

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  1. Chuck says:

    Imagine in this day and age with accessibility laws, that we have a Municapal Building that residents have no safe access to other than to jay walk. The seniors and those with disabilities are truly disadvantaged. A crosswalk anyone?

  2. Michelle says:

    Accepting that, this location does not have access for viewing.

  3. Chris Keen says:

    Having declared a climate emergency Council can hardly justify cutting down a tree on which to string Christmas lights when there is a live alternative available.

  4. Angela says:

    The Grinch has stolen Christmas. With enough public outcry perhaps a tree still can be placed at the cenotaph. Most of us have lighted trees in our homes or on our lawns during the Christmas season. The lights at the cenotaph tree shone for the men who did not come home. It was for them more than for us, a way of saying that we remember.

  5. Gary says:

    Shire Hall is not really considered downtown. Children will not be able to access the parkette to enjoy the tree unless they took the crosswalk at the arena and walked all the way down east Main. One more reason why there should be street lights and a crosswalk at Main and Paul streets. This would allow all residents to have safe access to Shire Hall.

  6. Dennis Fox says:

    The parkette may work out, but that isn’t the real point is it? Once again Shire Hall and the BIA plan for the entire community, yet rarely consult with the community. If both of these esteemed organization really want to help get the downtown ready for the Christmas season then clear the snow away from the curbs, allowing people to get from their cars to the sidewalk without having to climb over snow banks! Unless the BIA and their members are going to go an extra step to decorate, not even a tree by Shire Hall is going to improve the sense of Christmas in the downtown.

  7. Angela says:

    Boo to that decision. Traditionally a Christmas tree has stood at our cenotaph where it is seen by all throughout the holiday season. The men whose names are on the cenotaph never again would come home for Christmas. The tree was a lovely memorial. A beautiful holiday tradition will be broken this year.

  8. Susan says:

    A place for people to gather? How does a pedestrian get to the parkette?

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