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Jan, 2018

Petition the City Council for Lights!

Please cut and paste the following letter, modify it as you see fit, and forward it to the San Carlos City Council:

January 25, 2018 

San Carlos City Council:

                We enthusiastically support the proposal to add LED lighting to Stadium Field (North end of Highland Park) and Flanagan Field (East side of Burton Park) in San Carlos.   This is a smart choice that is overdue for our City and its recreational offerings.  LED lights are a great choice because they are substantially more efficient than the existing lighting on Burton and Highland and can be designed and selected to create a minimum of light pollution.  This means they can be focused on the playing surface and glare and light “leakage” to our nearby neighbors can be substantially controlled and reduced.  These lights have a long life-span resulting in reduced overall maintenance costs to our City as well as more consistent lighting on the fields, i.e., fewer burned out lights.

                As we know, San Carlos has limited field and recreational space.  It is challenging to provide ample field space for the current recreational needs and residents.  But, as a community, and especially where we live on the Peninsula, outdoor recreational opportunities for residents is more and more valuable and contributes to a healthy overall community.  The turf field at Highland has, with some limited exceptions, year-round and continuous daily use.  What a treasure that field is to San Carlos!  The addition of lights at Stadium and Flanagan will go a long way toward alleviating the field crunch.  It is important to note that the addition of lights will not increase the overall number of users of these fields.  Thus there would not be any increase in the current neighborhood parking or traffic use, which is a valid concern voiced by some of the park neighbors.  The two fields are already being fully utilized during daylight hours, including into the long summer days.  The addition of lights will allow the fields to be used more efficiently in the Spring and Fall, extending the use for a few extra hours into the evening.

                We also think it is important to highlight that the benefits of the lighting plan is not only to the soccer, football, softball, and baseball fans.  The lights will add value for other users who may just want to take a walk around the park in the evening, and perhaps sit on a bench and just enjoy being outdoors.  Stadium in particular is quite dark at night.  The proposal to add the lights will also evaluate the benefits of adding low level ambient lighting for such activities.

                We urge the adoption of the proposal to add new LED lights to the two parks!

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