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    Forum Regular - Vociferous Class GESince1958's Avatar
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    Creep happens. The lights weren't originally this bright.



    But somehow, the light canisters seemed to be pointing more our way. Could have been the wind. Maybe the light poles sunk a bit and tilted. Could have been maybe my neighborhood got darker and it just seemed brighter over there. Could have been they weren't all that forthright in their original information about how we wouldn't really see the lights from our neighborhood with those tracks and the Montclair parking lot as a buffer.

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    Finally a use for the starburst filter

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    I am really surprised that you perceive the illumination pattern to have changed. Not doubting you, but a physical change like that seems unlikely. Maybe there is some maintenance or tuning that should be done.

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    Glen Ellyn Park District could budget money for lights at Newton field (link) — Daily Herald

    "Glen Ellyn Park District commissioners next week will consider funding a much-debated project to install lights at Newton Park. But village trustees ultimately would get the final say on whether the park district can flip the switch on four 70-foot-tall poles on the sidelines of a synthetic turf field.

    Critics of the project say the lights don't fit the character of the neighborhood that surrounds the 25-acre park. The home closest to the athletic field sits about 100 yards away on Fairview Avenue. With lights extending the playing time for athletes who use the field, neighbors worry about worsening traffic and parking issues on residential streets.

    The park district argues that..."

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    The Newton Park lights is like trying to pound in a square peg into a round hole but in this case it is a stadium for Rex football into a community park we ALL own. The astro turf field is the sunk cost fallacy and they just can't seem to think about starting over with a true comprehensive plan for all parks. Newton Park just doesn't have (nor will it ever have a Lambert or Geneva Rd) the infrastructure like Ackerman or Village Green to support anything more than a community park which is what the people really want (see 2012 community survey). That survey slide seemed to shake some commissioners but I think having district 87's huge tax payer funded wallet and programs offset and save costs money is driving the park district since it saved them costs. We've not yet had Police Chief Norton on the safety front because texting HS kids/out of town kids at night, inadequate roads/infrastructure and 100+ kids/80 some homes at night with this kind of stuff is just a recipe for disaster. The park district is about to opine on a safety/traffic/noise issue that they are really unable/unfit to asses let alone park usage/scheduling. The only solution is delay the timing till issues can be addressed and people calling by phone about 4 70' poles costing $250,000 and lights at night might help too. Call the park district or go to the meeting if you can 12/13/2016.

    Newton Park Lighting Proposal
    Spring Avenue Recreation Center
    185 Spring Avenue
    7PM meeting time

    If you cannot attend the meeting, then please email Dave Harris, Executive Director of the Park District, stating your concerns.

    dharris@gepark.org

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    Glen Ellyn Park District board OKs funding for lights at Newton Park (link) — Daily Herald

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    "Glen Ellyn Park District commissioners approved a $250,000 budget Tuesday to install lights at Newton Park over the objections of neighbors. The board voted 5-2 to earmark the money to put four 70-foot-tall light poles on the sidelines of the park's synthetic turf field. Commissioners Chris Wilson and Kathy Cornell opposed the funding for a project that Wilson said would change the character of a 25-acre park nestled in the middle of a neighborhood.

    Opponents will likely renew their fight against the lights...

    The park district has proposed "blackout" months that would shut off the lights December through February and in July.At the latest, the lights would turn off by 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Events on the field would have to end by 9:30 p.m., though park district officials say most programs don't last that long. The lights would remain off when the field is not in use."

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    Was it really only last year that I read these words in the Tribune?

    "...Although no lights are planned at the field, Harris said conduit is being placed that would allow for such an installation if the need ever arises..."

    That need seems to have arisen pretty quickly...

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    Lights out: Glen Ellyn park board votes down controversial Newton Park light installation (link) — Suburban Life

    "The Glen Ellyn Park District Board of Commissioners on May 16 voted 5-2 not to proceed with a controversial project to install lights around Newton Park's synthetic turf field. New board commissioners Ben Stortz, Alex Durham and Michael Ward, along with commissioners Kathy Cornell and Chris Wilson, voted to direct staff not to proceed with the project. Voting in favor of the project were board President Julia Nephew and Vice President Rob Weber.

    The project had generated opposition from neighbors who were..."

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    that's a first....

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