Elf Night at Tallahassee's Dorothy B. Oven Park

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

Tallahassee, Florida - December 12, 2011 -

Can you imagine setting up a holiday display with over 250,000 lights? City staff at Dorothy B. Oven Park can! Crews from the City's Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department have yet again transformed the already beautiful park, house and gardens into a dazzling winter wonderland. The public is cordially invited to view the spectacular scene during the 12th annual Elf Night, taking place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Although the park’s horticultural unit spent many hours creating and setting up the light display, they began the project in September so that they could work the task in with their routine duties without having to cost the City any overtime or have to call in extra crews. The decorations adorn the park grounds, gardens and buildings and visitors are welcome to stroll through the park at their own leisurely pace.

“Opening up the facility to the public allows the City to thank the Tallahassee community for their support of Dorothy B. Oven Park,” said Mayor John Marks. “As one of the City's signature events, Elf Night is a perfect opportunity for families to take time out from their hectic schedules and enjoy a unique and magical holiday evening together.” Mayor Marks added that the park's stunning appearance throughout the holidays is a testament to the hard work and community spirit exhibited by the dedicated employees with Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs.

Dorothy B. Oven Park, located at 3205 Thomasville Road, is a popular locale during the holiday season for parties and other events because of its inherent charm. But one night each holiday season on the third Thursday in December, the park is open to the public to enjoy the display. Debbie Pullen, supervisor of the facility, has been present for all prior Elf Night events and even though this year's event is her final one prior to retiring in 2012, the event still holds magic for her. "For me, it's always about seeing the smiles on the faces of everyone who attends Elf Night, no matter what their age."

Elf Night is co-sponsored by Florida Surplus Lines Service Office, and is free to the public. In addition to viewing the decorated house and grounds, citizens can enjoy hot cider, cocoa and cookies. Parents will want to bring cameras and camcorders to record all the smiles and wonderment on their children’s faces … and we're hopeful Santa will stop by for a visit!

For safety reasons vehicles will not be allowed to drive through Dorothy B. Oven Park during the event. Public parking will be available next to the park at the Thomasville Road Baptist Church, as well as at the Piedmont Park Alliance Church across the street. Motorists along Thomasville Road are urged to drive with caution in the vicinity of the park on Thursday night.

While the event is free, donations will be accepted for the Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, Inc. If you can’t attend Elf Night, the lights will be on display for your enjoyment through New Year's Day. For more information please visit Talgov.com/parks.

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