JOPLIN, Mo. – Crowded family gatherings aren’t recommended this holiday season with COVID-19 numbers on the rise, but you can still take a walk in the park with the people you live with.
Joplin Parks and Rec would like to turn that into a holiday tradition.
“This year we thought, ‘2020, social distancing is kind of the rule of thumb.’ So this year we are rolling out a new holiday tradition at Mercy Park. It is called the ‘Holiday Tree Trail,’ said Joplin Parks and Rec’s recreation manager Carla Bond.
The Holiday Tree Trail is exactly what it sounds like. Twenty-one different businesses and organizations will soon be setting up decorated Christmas trees on Mercy Park’s lakeside trail that folks can check out while easily staying 6 feet apart from other groups.
“We just thought this was a really good event this year since we’ve had to cancel several of our events because of indoor facilities, and we’re trying to avoid crowding and large gatherings. So this Holiday Tree Trail just provides a great opportunity to kick it off and start a new tradition,” said Bond.
One of the businesses excited to be a part of this new tradition is Joplin’s 4 State Trucks. They’re designing a tree but they won’t let the cat out of the bag just yet.
“When they said that Mercy Park was going to have something to help to celebrate in a different way, the guys in our shop here at the Chrome Shop Mafia have been trickin’ something out. It’s going to be really something to see,” said 4 State Trucks owner Brice Martin.
The party in the park kicks off on Tuesday, November 24th at 6 PM when all the trees will be officially lit. There’s also a lot of other socially distant events happening in the park this holiday season, and you can learn about them by clicking here.