I have been walking the area directly across from where AYSO is proposing installing field lights so their team members can practice after dark.
Several neighbors are circulating a flyer alerting neighbors about the proposal which has generated many, many emails to me in opposition. I also have been circulating a smaller flyer about the AYSO proposal asking that residents contact me with their opinion.
I want to clarify this proposal again: (also see right hand column for AYSO slides)
- This is AYSO's proposal and not the City's. The City doesn't have money to install lights on any field.
- AYSO claims that the lights are needed so their team members (up to age 19) can practice after dark.
- They propose to place them at Willow and Studebaker where they practice and play currently.
- AYSO is proposing to pay for the lights if the city waives field fees and electricity charges.
- A city staff report on the impact of these lights and costs to the city has not been completed.
- Residents who have contacted me in favor of the lights cite that the lights will enable their children to have more soccer practices after school. (Conversely, several soccer parents are opposed to the lights because they don't want their children practicing until 9 or 9:45 pm.)
- Residents who have contacted me in opposition to the lights cite that the lights will change the character of the park and will bring increased traffic and noise to the neighborhood after dark and will negatively impact the birds and wildlife. (Conversely, some residents feel that the use of the park at night by young people is a good thing if it keeps them busy.)
- I am concerned that without a recreation "master plan" in place we will be spot developing parks all over the city.
- Because of the increasing impact of team sports at local parks and the neighborhoods that surround them, I have asked city staff to find park space away from the neighborhoods where soccer fields and lights could be placed.
Other point out that the wattage and intensity of lights used strictly for practice and not games is much lower and less invasive.
Other suggestions: use Milikan High School (am looking into that); Vets Stadium (also inquiring)....
Note: No decision on the lights will be made unless and until there is a full public hearing at which all concerned parties on both sides will be invited to attend.