Residents decorate ‘Winter Wonderland’ in Beverly Hills parks

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published December 19, 2020

 Ten trees have been installed in parks around Beverly Hills for visitors to decorate through the end of 2020. The Winter Wonderland tree-decorating project, presented by the Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation Board, is a first for  the village.

Ten trees have been installed in parks around Beverly Hills for visitors to decorate through the end of 2020. The Winter Wonderland tree-decorating project, presented by the Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation Board, is a first for the village.

Photo provided by Molly Borgon, Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation board chair

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BEVERLY HILLS — COVID-19 has put the brakes on holiday parties across Michigan, but residents in Beverly Hills still plan to deck the halls.

Or rather, trails.

The village’s Parks and Recreation Board has invited the public out to help create a “Winter Wonderland” in local parks by decorating 10 trees in four different village parks for the holiday season.

The trees were installed in the parks Dec. 11, and since then, visitors have been allowed to decorate them at their leisure with ornaments, garland, holiday mementos and other keepsakes for all to enjoy.

“An original ‘deck the trail’ idea was brought to the Parks and Rec Board by Beverly Hills resident Stephanie Jones. She had seen something similar in another community and thought it would be perfect for our parks,” board Chair Molly Borgon said in an email. “We agreed that this sounded like a great way to safely get people outdoors and involved in some uplifting, festive, all-inclusive holiday fun.”

Borgon said this first-time program is open to all through the end of the year. Shortly after the New Year, participants can come and retrieve their contributions from the installations. The trees will be collected and disposed of responsibly, along with any remaining decor.

So far, the pilot run of the program seems to be a hit with families in the village, according to board Co-chair Matt Goodrich.

“We immediately started receiving positive feedback after the tree installations. Ornaments and other holiday items began popping up on many of the trees,” he said, adding that different groups have made the endeavor their own.

Birmingham Groves High School seniors, he said, have unofficially focused their efforts on one tree in particular to celebrate their class, and others have created a kind of game to see if they can find all 10 trees and place an ornament on each one.

Organizers ask any participants to maintain social distancing from others while decorating trees in any village parks. For more information, visit the village of Beverly Hills page on Facebook.

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