Mt. Pleasant installation lights up for first time

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LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH) — A local landmark is now illuminated, but residents are split over the light installation. 

On Wednesday evening, the large rock formation on Mount Pleasant, at Rising Park near the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, was lit for the first time.

The Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department decided to periodically light the rocks after hearing from residents who both support and oppose the idea.

Lou Varga, a Lancaster resident, was the first person to propose lighting the rocks more than a decade ago.

“We’re extremely happy that this is finally coming to fruition,” Varga said. “Our goal all along has been to create inspiration in the community.”

Among those standing in opposition to the lights is Jennifer Milliser, who frequents the park.

“I walk up there a lot,” she said. “I would rather see it stay in its natural state and see the animals, the wildlife up there as undisturbed as possible.”

Varga said he and city leaders have consulted with the National Park Service to confirm the lights would not negatively impact the mountain.

“The natural resources were never in jeopardy,” he said.

The city plans to light the rocks approximately 75 nights a year, specifically on Fridays, Saturdays and for special events.

The lights will turn off those nights, at 11 p.m.

According to the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department, a private donation funded the lights’ installation. The donation will also finance the electricity charge and maintenance costs.

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