The contractor for Seattle Parks and Recreation, Duchess Construction and Musco Lighting, will begin work on the Bobby Morris Ballfield Lighting Project on July 18, 2011. During the project, the ballfields will be fenced and not available to recreational use. The lighting system for the tennis courts and basketball courts will be out for approximately one week during construction. Parks will post signs on site when the dates for the court lighting outage are confirmed. Parks anticipates the project lasting six weeks from start to finish, with an estimated completion by August 26, 2011.
This project provides for demolition of the existing 40-year-old wood poles and outmoded lighting system, replacing it with a state-of-the-art system. The new system will feature eight steel poles, instead of 12, and will be more energy efficient. The project is funded through a 2006 Ballfield Lighting Upgrade program, expected to be implemented over six years from the Cumulative Reserve Fund. It provides for planning, design, and construction of park lighting improvements.
Parks is working with an expert in the field of ballfield lighting, WSP Flack + Kurtz, which has extensive knowledge of the latest technology. The goal of the project is to replace old poles with new structurally superior ones, and to eliminate as much objectionable glare and light spill into the neighborhood as possible, while providing safe and efficient lighting for the field users.
For further information please visit: www.seattle.gov/parks/maintenance/ballfieldlighting.htm or contact Kelly Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-684-0998.
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