A Very Brief History of the Lights
It all started with a vision.
Back in 1997, after visiting the lights at Shore Acres Park in Coos Bay, Keith Pepper and Olivia Abbot decided that something similar would be wonderful to have in Brookings.
The city council agreed. Starting with only 20 thousand lights, a first year attendance of over 7000 indicated that this would be a success.
In the years to follow the high school students in the welding class made contributions of sculptures. More 3D sculptures were fabricated by the workers at the city shops. Other 2D and 3D structures were purchased with donations, sponsors and gate proceeds.
Today, local business, civic groups and volunteers get together every year and continue the tradition.
1998 50,000 lights. Undersea World dedicated. Octopus and Seahorse included
1999 75 thousand lights. Animal Encounter introduced. Bull Elk, frog and fish arches make their appearance.
2000 100 thousand lights. Champagne bottle and glass celebrate the new millennium. Enchanted Garden debuts.
2001 Giant Butterfly joins the party
2002 200 thousand lights.
2003 250 thousand lights. Lights Tunnel arrives
2004 The Eagle makes its first appearance
2005 300 thousand lights. The Nativity Scene is added. Underground electrical network is installed. This added safety by
greatly reducing the number of extension cords on the ground.
2007 4 Giant Nutcrackers arrive. Paved walkways are added to make the park more ADA accessible.
2008 350 thousand lights. Olivia’s Flag is dedicated. Capella By The Sea opens.
2009 400 thousand lights
2011 450 thousand lights
2012 Twinkle Treasure Hunt is launched.
2014 Ticket Booths painted. 3D sculptures are restored. Frog, Fish, and main arches are reworked. Light Tunnel is animated
2015 2D Structures restored. Color added to light tunnel. Whale pod added. Brookings Bells displayed downtown.
Avenue of the Arches introduced.
2016 Blue lights added to Avenue of the Arches. Sparkling Snowballs are placed in field. Several decorated trees,
5 Golden Rings, Igloo/Penguin displays added.
Please refer to our Scrapbook for a much more in-depth history.