We can have safe park usage AND reduce waste

Safe use of public parks is a great thing to encourage. We should also try not to waste the City's limited money (which is really our money) and we should try reduce our use of electricity because for the benefit of our environment.

Instead of "either or" thinking, there are ways that we could have both. Maybe motion sensors could be installed so the lights would come on (and stay on) automatically when there is someone there to use them. Or, like Raymore, Missouri, there could be a "user activated system" that lets people push a button to turn the lights on for a certain amount of time.


  1. Anonymous12:42 PM

    I think that a motion detector would be better than a user-activated switch, as the criminal element would likely be very happy for the option of a nice, dark park in which to perform dirty deeds.

  2. Anonymous8:54 PM

    Athletic field lights are on Monday through Friday, whether or not a game is being played. The lights are on until 11:00 p.m. when most games are over by 10:00. Simply turning the field lights off by 10:00 would save money and energy. Perhaps a few street lights in the park would address the public safety issue.