YUKON — The city will be making a major change in traffic flow at Yukon City Park on Monday.
The change will affect the current park entrance at 2200 S Holly, which will become the exit, and the current exit will become the new entrance.
The new directional traffic flow for the one-way street that goes through the park, Jim Watson Drive, will be a permanent change, Yukon City Manager Grayson Bottom said.
New traffic signs will be installed.
“We believe that this new traffic flow will improve the accessibility of the park,” Bottom said.
The change is being made several weeks before the opening of Christmas in the Park, which annually attracts thousands of visitors to a drive-thru holiday lights tour.
“It will be much easier and safer for those taking the park tour to make a right turn into every park,” Bottom said.
“It should eliminate the congestion we have commonly experienced when cars were attempting to enter the city park from both east- and west- bound directions.”
Under the new configuration, motorists taking the Christmas in the Park tour will enter Yukon City Park at Jim Watson Drive, turn right upon exiting, go north and then turn right into Freedom Trail Playground, at 2101 S Holly, turn right upon exiting, then go north to Vandament, turn right, then make another right into Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament.
“Motorists will make right turns throughout the entire tour,” Bottom said.
Christmas in the Park will be open 6 to 11 p.m. nightly from Nov. 17 through New Year's Eve. Last year, 68,115 vehicles went through the tour.
Admission is free and donations that help fund the event will be accepted at the tour's Chisholm Trail Park exit.