Tree Lights up Esther Short Park

first_imgShe’d been rehearsing carols since the weeks leading up to Halloween, but singing them Friday evening really put Mary Havel in the Christmas spirit.The red antlers she wore may have helped.“I thought it was pretty cool,” said Mary, 12, a sixth grader at Alki Middle School who was part of a Vancouver Public Schools choir.Hearing the choir of middle and high school students sing the Christmas classics helped the crowd of more than 2,500 people get into the holiday spirit at the community tree lighting in Propstra Square.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt welcomed the crowd.“We have a lot to be thankful in this community,” said Leavitt. He mentioned Esther Short Park, the oldest public square in the Pacific Northwest, which in October was honored as one of 10 Great Public Spaces 2013 by the American Planning Association.Leavitt said the park’s Propstra Square wouldn’t have been possible without the late Burgerville founder George Propstra and his wife, Carolyn, who made a $3.2 million donation for the square and bell tower.last_img read more