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City leaders to soon discuss "Light Up Louisville" location

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---The tree is still up along Fourth Street and the lights are shining, but "40 Nights of Lights" is winding down.

For the last month you could find people on the skating rink within Fourth Street Live!, but on Thursday evening people stopping by to skate had trouble finding the rink.

"We were gonna come and do the skating rink, but we found out they closed it," says Bailey Hobbs.

The rink is now gone and the focus is now on a light show and fireworks display for New Year's Eve.

It's all part of the changes city leaders made to ‘Light Up Louisville' this year. The overall event and location has gotten mixed reviews from community members.

"We've got a little bit from all ends. Some people really like the new, more linear location. Some people didn't like it because it wasn't as concentrated," says Chris Poynter, the Mayor's spokesman.

City leaders hoped the changes would drive more people to the downtown area and businesses.

Dan Potter, the General Manager of Gordon Biersch, says he's noticed a change in the last month and says there have been more families stopping by after checking out the lights.

"More so on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It's normally pretty quiet downtown with the businesses being closed, but with the 40 nights of lights and the ice skating rink it's been a nice push," says Dan Potter, General Manager of Gordon Biersch.

He's hoping the push will continue with the planned celebration for New Year's Eve.

"We expect to have a big night that night as well. It's going to be interesting," says Dan Potter.

The New Year's Eve festivities will wrap up the overall Light Up Louisville and 40 Nights of Lights event.

City leaders say they do plan to meet after the holiday season to discuss how to move forward, and determine whether Light Up Louisville will stay at the 4th Street location.

They say they will take into consideration feedback from community members and businesses in this area.

"Then we'll be determining, do we keep it at that location, do we move it back or make tweaks to it next year. All those decisions will be coming after the holidays are done," says Chris Poynter.

Poynter says, some of the lights didn't work as planned this year during the '40 Nights of Lights', and they also plan to discuss that.

They also want feedback from community members.

You can email them by clicking here, or contact the Mayor on Twitter or Facebook to let them know your feedback! Click here for the Twitter page, or click here for the Facebook page.

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