EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A menorah will return to the Evergreen Lake House after officials with the city of Denver decided the mountain community could make its own decisions about decorations.

Evergreen runs the Lake House but it sits on property owned by the city of Denver.

Denver does not allow religious symbols on its property, but on Tuesday decided to make a permanent exception for Evergreen, which has featured the menorah as part of its holiday display for the past few years.

Rabbi Levi Brackman spearheaded the movement to bring the menorah back and on Tuesday night the Evergreen Parks and Recreation District agreed to allow it for this year.

“I’m delighted,” Brackman told CBS4 on Tuesday night. “I feel like I have my community back.”

“I think its the right thing to do. Evergreen is a wonderful community a incredible tight knit place,” resident David Goldstein said.

Evergreen says it will take some time to figure out a new long term policy.

There will be a menorah lighting ceremony Thursday night. The lake opens for skating on Saturday morning.


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