LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Paris-inspired "Locked with Love" tree was unveiled in Lufkin Wednesday morning.
The tree sits in Cotton Square Park just in downtown Lufkin, and it was unveiled just in time for Valentine's Day.
Couples will be able to come to the park, put a lock on the tree and drop the key in a sign by the tree to symbolize their lasting relationship.
"A couple of years ago, when we visited Paris, I was impressed with the 'love locks' on the Ponts des Arts Bridge," said Barbara Thompson, the director of Main Street Lufkin. "The locks are placed there by couples to signify their enduring love, and then the key is tossed in the River Seine, so the lock can never be removed and becomes a symbol their love will last as long as their lock is on the fence."
Thompson added that even though the City of Lufkin doesn't have a river or a bridge in its downtown area, it does have a park.
"Without a river or bridge, we've worked with our engineering department, and they have created a tree for the locks to hang on," Thompson said in a press release. "And a tree is so fitting for our East Texas piney woods."
According to the press release, the tree created for the project is eight feet tall and four feet in diameter, and it will have rings around its "trunk" for the locks.
"The tree represents a strong and growing love, and the rings around the tree represent infinity or the enduring love of a couple," Thompson said.
Couples can come to the park, put their lock on the tree, drop the key in the sign by the tree, and show that their love is a lasting relationship, the press release stated.