POST FALLS, Idaho – The City of Post Falls is getting into the holiday spirit by putting up some very unique decorations: old bike racks and parks & rec signs.
But you'd never know it.
"The first prototype took a little bit of time, we made some mistakes, and it didn't look quite right," said Post Falls Parks & Recreation Director Dave Fair. "But once we had a pattern it went pretty quick."
While most of us are out buying decorations this season, like most cities, Post Falls has dealt with a dramatically shrinking budget, and the money simply wasn't there.
But that's not stopping them.
Parks & Rec staff came up with the idea to take the old signs and bike racks and transform them into something new and festive: snowflakes that were attached to light poles surrounding the City Hall campus.
"They bent them, bolted them together, then added garland and lights," Fair added.
Plus, local businesses donated $1,000 to help purchase more lights.
And the green idea is saving some green as well.
"We priced these out, and they average $350 apiece," Fair said, meaning the city saved $3,500 dollars on the snowflakes alone.
And now, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. With 12,000 lights, 10 snowflakes, all that's missing is the partridge in a pear tree.
The city's tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6pm this Friday.