Heritage Park’s future will be a bright one.
The Streator START committee has planned a “Light the Wall” ceremony for 7:30 p.m. Saturday wherein the city will light up the installations placed behind the Heritage Park Vintage Wall Mural.
START chairwoman Jodi Ogle said the lights further one of the committee’s goals of growing its tourism efforts as well as improving quality of life in the community and downtown.
“It’s pretty exciting and I know we had a lot of excitement around the mural installation itself, but I think this is something local folks in Streator can be proud of, and I think they’ll be amazed with what they see,” Ogle said.
The Heritage Park Vintage Wall was officially unveiled in October as the first piece of a larger effort by the North Central Illinois ARTworks known as the Silo Pathways Legacy Project, but that was only part one of the project.
NCI ARTworks began raising $20,000 for lighting to be placed behind the mural to give the illusion of occupied windows at night.
“There were always going to be lights, but it couldn’t have happened as quickly had they not assisted us with the fundraising,” Ogle said.
START member Gavin Finefield said the lights will be turned on at 8 p.m. but the festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. with light-up “wands” and balloons being given to attendees. Hot drinks and popcorn will be on hand as well as a firepit to keep warm. Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford and NCI ARTworks President Chris Coughlin are expected to speak and recognize the artists as well as the many donors to the project.
The event also is expected to take place rain or shine.
Some residents may have seen the lights flipped on as the company has been testing the display, but Finefield said he hasn’t seen it lit up yet.
He’s excited to share the new lighted display both with Streator and the surrounding communities.
“We’ve already seen tourists coming to Streator to see that wall and I think this will only encourage more people to come and visit,” Finefield added.
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook at fb.com/events/1994612480568723.