Man starts petition to save annual Christmas tree illuminating Point State Park

PITTSBURGH — A man started a petition as part of a grassroots effort to save the Tree of Lights at Point State Park.

Pete Linko is spearheading the effort to save the tree “at a time when so many are hurting from COVID-19.” The online petition had nearly 2,500 signatures by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The tree has been illuminating The Point since 1988, but this marked the last season Duquesne Light Company was putting up the annual display. The company planned to retire the 80-foot tree, which has been one of the city’s most iconic holiday displays. Officials with the park have expressed concern that the annual tree violates the historical significance of the park.

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A spokesperson from Duquesne Light Company sent Channel 11 a statement:

“Duquesne Light is so touched by the outpouring of support we have received since announcing the retirement of our beloved ‘Tree of Lights’ a few weeks ago. For 32 years, we’ve known how meaningful this tree has been to Pittsburghers near and far. Since Point State Park expressed concern over the historical preservation of the park grounds, we’ve been actively exploring our options with the park to keep our city bright during the holidays for years to come. We’ll continue these discussions with park officials leading up to next holiday season.”