MAYOR LEE LEFFINGWELL ANNOUNCES
RETURN OF TRAIL OF LIGHTS
AUSTIN - Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Paul Carrozza of the RunTex Foundation (RTF) announced today their intention to bring back Austin's Trail of Lights Festival in its traditional form, but with some fun enhancements, including a 5K run.
"The Trail of Lights is an Austin tradition that we've been missing for the past few years and I am thrilled to be working with Paul Carrozza to bring it back for young and old Austinites alike to enjoy," said Mayor Leffingwell. "We envision a partnership between the City, the RunTex Foundation and the community that will be sustainable for years to come."
The proposal, which is slated for approval by the Austin City Council next Thursday March 1, would offer an 8-night, family-friendly lighted trail, live entertainment and more at no cost to the citizens of Austin. The RunTex Foundation would take the lead on launching a major fundraising campaign to produce all aspects of the event, at an estimated cost of just over $700,000.
"We are very excited to work with the Mayor's office and the City of Austin to bring back the Trail of Lights," said Paul Carrozza. "We are confident that the Austin community will come together to raise the resources necessary to make this happen."
RTF would raise funds to cover all direct costs to the City, including all staff and department time, and items such as event construction and barricades. They would recruit and manage temporary staff and volunteers, handle parking, litter control, security and more. The City would waive all event-related permits, park use and street closure fees, and provide the use of available event equipment and displays to RTF.