Archive - December 2017

Karen Starr

Happy Holidays from Hazel Tree!

Posted December 23, 2017

Karen Starr

Hazel Tree at Lock 3!

Posted December 10, 2017

 Photo by Michael Derr

Lock 3 is home to a wonderful array of wintertime activities for kids of all ages. You can ice skate, slide down Reindeer Run, play Polar putt-putt golf (inside!), see the vintage window displays from the old O'Neils department store, as well as take a selfie in front of the Christmas tree! Click here for a link to Lock 3's website with more information about all the Winterfest activites.

Here are some fun facts about the tree:

-There are 15,930 lights on the tree.
-We used six different kinds of lights to create the silver and gold effect. We used three different bulb sizes/shapes, in both cool white and warm white light temperatures, to create texture.
-All the lights are LED and therefore require very little electricity to power the tree. Back when the bulbs were incandescent, it took 13 different electrical channels - now it takes one.
-The tree is 25 feet tall.
-The top 2/3 of the lights and ornaments were hung by City of Akron Parks Department staff in one of their tree trimming trucks with a lift on it. The bottom 1/3 was decorated by Karen and Chelsea with ladders on the ground.
-This is the first year that the tree has ornaments on it - it was always just lights before, so it was really only viewable after dark when it was lit up. We wanted to design it for both daytime and nighttime enjoyment, so we added over 500 ornaments this year.
-The new tree design got some fun press this year!
Click here for the Akron Beacon Journal story.
Click here for coverage by Akron is for Entrepreneurs.

Have you been to see it yet? We hope you enjoy it when you visit Lock 3! These photos are courtesy of two Akronites that have taken photos of the tree when they visited. Thank you, Michael Derr and Bronlynn Thurman! 

 Photo by Bronlynn Thurman