|More lighting at ballpark concerns Perrysburg residents|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER/Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 18 July 2013 21:06|
PERRYSBURG - A plan to add lighting to a second field at Rivercrest Park was met with concerns from nearby residents Thursday.
Neighbors of the four ballfields said they are worried not only about the facility lighting up the night and also their children's bedrooms, but that the proposal will lead to more out-of-town teams using the park.
The project would add 1,500-watt lights to four new poles and two existing ones surrounding Field 4 at a total cost of about $100,000.
The city will contribute $45,000, with the remainder covered by the Perrysburg Amateur Baseball and Softball Commission, which has an agreement to organize games at the city-owned park, according to Jon Eckel, director of public service.
Field 1 is the only diamond with lighting now, and adding it to the smaller Field 4 will allow for expanded use of Rivercrest by younger players, said Frank Cusenza, who handles scheduling for PABSC.
A handful of residents of Laurel Lane and other nearby streets asked Eckel to look into installing light shields to minimize impact of the lighting. They also said they were worried about "commercialization" of the park if it were to host more tournaments similar to Carter Park in Bowling Green and Pacesetter Park in Sylvania.
Representatives of the supplying and contracting companies present at the meeting said light shields would likely be a significant additional cost.
Eckel promised to look into the problems and potential solutions, noting that the city has final authority in deciding how many tournaments could be held at Rivercrest.
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