LIVINGSTON, NJ — Construction is underway on a new “barn” located behind the gazebo at the Livingston Memorial Oval that will store all pieces of Livingston’s Camuso Holiday Display during the off-season.
If all goes according to plan, Head Camuso Elf Thomas Cooney said the project should be completed by late spring.
“This project has taken nearly three years to get from ‘wishful thinking’ and ‘sketches’ to reality,” said Cooney. “The mayor and township council have been supportive from the start, helping at every step. The township manager and the Departments of Public Works and the Engineering have also helped at various stages. The project would have been impossible without their help.”
According to Cooney, the barn has been designed with colors meant to blend into the park setting and a side porch with an overhang on the 9/11 Memorial side so that the building does not look like a warehouse. New trees, landscaping and sidewalks are planned for later this year as well.
Giving the Camuso Display Committee significantly more storage space than the trailers that have been used over the last decade, the building will also include a large lower level with a concrete floor as well as a second-floor attic. Additionally, an overhead garage door will provide easy access for moving large display items in and out.
“The new building will make set up and take down of the display much easier for the volunteer committee,” said Cooney. “Large trucks will not be needed anymore, and nothing will have to be lifted into the trailers. No longer will the entire display have to be moved nearly 100 yards through ankle-deep mud, standing water, or snow and ice.”
Now that the display can be set up a few feet from the storage barn, Cooney added that the storage trailers will eventually go to a scrapyard.
“The committee is planning to incorporate the new barn right into the display by designing and building components to transform it into a giant Gingerbread House,” he said. “Lots of sweet surprises ahead.”
Over the next few months, the Camuso Elves will be busy pouring the concrete floor, installing electric and lighting, building a new shelving unit and designing custom carts to easily store and move the heaviest pieces of the display.
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