POSTED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 4:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 10:13pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — When the switch was flipped last Friday for the first ever lighting display at Shawver Park in the Lower Valley, many El Paso residents said they were under whelmed.
El Paso City Representative Eddie Holguin held a press conference Wednesday to respond to recent criticisms over the Shawver Light display. Holguin, who proposed the project November 12th, has come under recent criticism after the city approved the $25,000 needed to produce the holiday display.
On Tuesday, the display came under national scrutiny after CNN's Robin Meade poked fun of the display HLN network's "Morning Express" show.
Holguin responded by saying "I take full responsibility for the humble display of lights at Shawver Park."
Holguin argues that the original $25,000 estimate is well above what the actual cost will be. Holguin broke down the costs as $11,000 for lights and an additional $8,000 for security. Holguin says that El Paso Parks & Recreation Department was in charge of selecting and installing the display.
When asked if $11,000 worth of lights are currently installed at Shawver, Holguin said he did not know, and that Parks & Recreation would have to confirm the estimated total amount of the lights currently installed at Shawver.
El Paso Parks & Recreation interim manager says that budget and time constraints are the reason for the lackluster quality of the display, which usually requires six months of preparation prior to the big reveal. EP Parks & Recreation had just over two and a half weeks to complete this display after the city approved the budget.