Downtown Kyle lights up

By Brittany Anderson

KYLE — Downtown Kyle was merry and bright as the city kicked off the holiday season on Dec. 1 at Mary Kyle Hartson Park.
Santa flipped the light switch to reveal an illuminated wonderland across the park with giant, lighted displays and light-wrapped trees to hundreds of residents in attendance.

Kyle City Council members and Santa.

Along with photos with Santa, holiday performances from local school choirs, family-friendly activities and food and market vendors, city council members held a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the completion of the park. 

Kyle Elementary School choir.

Chapa Middle School choir.

The park’s renovation plans were first presented to the council on Dec. 1, 2020 and began this past summer. Features include a children’s play area, gazebo, new landscaping, improved ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant space and more.

Council member Robert Rizo, a lifelong resident of Kyle, expressed his excitement for the park and other projects the city is undertaking.

“As cities begin to grow in different directions, their historic downtowns are sometimes forgotten,” Rizo said. “We are not going to see that happen here in Kyle. We’re going to revitalize this downtown and remember how important this area is to us. This park is the first important project of the area, but not the last.”

The historic park is located in the heart of Kyle at 101 S. Burleson St. The holiday lights will stay up into the new year.

All photos by Brittany Anderson.

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Brittany Anderson graduated from Texas State University in August 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously worked at KTSW 89.9, Texas State University's radio station, for nearly two years in the web content department as a writer and assistant manager. She has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch since July 2021.

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