Mayor Jackie Biskupski to flip ceremonial switch in relighting a brighter Washington Square Park

On Tuesday, March 7th, at 6:45 pm, Mayor Jackie Biskupski will flip a ceremonial switch lighting new lampposts on the grounds and pathways of Washington Square Park. For several years, the grounds of the historic square surrounding the City and County Building have been largely dark as the project was underway.

The lighting replacement project on Washington Square Park consists of over 90 new fixtures and was approved using Capital Improvement Funding. The new lights are replicas of the first fixtures dating back to the 1890s, and are powered by LED energy efficient bulbs.

The work is a direct result of a five-year process to secure funding, as well as establish a historically appropriate design through consultation with the Conservancy and Use Committee of the Salt Lake City and County Building, a voluntary group who serve in an advisory role to the City. Physical replacement work began in late 2016.

A 3-year stone repair and seismic upgrade project is also currently underway on the City and County Building, which was constructed in 1894. The site of Washington Square Park was used by Mormon Pioneers for agricultural, religious, and social gatherings as early as 1847.

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 Time: 6:45 pm

 Where: Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Photos available upon request

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