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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Lighting approved for volleyball at Kennedy Park

To the chagrin of many neighbors, it was decided Saturday morning at a public park meeting at Kennedy Park, which is considered a nature park, that the volleyball courts at Kennedy Park will receive the lighting that volleyball players had been asking for for years. It will take about a month for them to be installed.

Commissioner Ken Russell, who held the meeting, called it a compromise in that the bright lights that were expected are not being used. "It has the ambient lighting of moonlight," said Ken. It does not cause side glare and most likely will not light up much more than the volleyball courts.

There will be a switch that will turn the lights on when needed. So if there is no one out playing volleyball and no one turns the lights on, they won't come on. If they are turned on, they will go off at 10 pm automatically. 10 pm is the hour that most of the city parks are closed.

So now, the daytime only park is a daytime and nighttime park. But here's where another compromise comes in. Only part of the park will be open until 10 pm. The south end where the volleyball courts are will be the late night area, and the north end of the park, where the parking lot is near AC Icees, will close at sunset, as it always has. There is a second parking lot at the south end, which volleyball players will use, which is usually busy anyway with regatta people, for a good part of the year, so there is usually activity at that end. 

The lighting and equipment had been purchased awhile back and had just been sitting there. Commissioner Ken Russell called it, "A war on bad process," in that neighbors were not informed of the lights before they were purchased, and not neighbor against neighbor or volleyball player against non-volleyball player.

Ken said if the park gets too loud, then they will have to rethink the process and maybe make the closing times at the south end earlier.

Neighbors feel it is less about the lights and more about the traffic, parking, noise, people in the park at night and trouble makers. Time will tell.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Piece by piece it will be given away and the ocean front dog park and nighttime volleyball were both stupid ideas pushed by overzealous, uncompromising and selfish individuals. Who needs toilets when you can go right there in the middle of a tight match under the moonlight? Screw the neighborhood!

February 23, 2019 5:08 PM  
Blogger Donn K Flipse said...

Sounds great

February 23, 2019 5:34 PM  
Blogger Baby Boomer who likes activity in our parks said...

I think it is great that the Park will be available in the evening to young adults who need place to play. If you care about the viability of the Grove, then you should be happy these spenders will be hanging out in the Grove after the games and will want to live and work in the Grove.

the few homes that can see the lights, also have to cope with the street lights- or do they want those removed also.

A Baby Boomer that loves seeing our Parks well used.

February 23, 2019 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant understand how lighting is going to be put in and there are still no bathrooms!! So that means the people who will be using the volleyball courts will also be using the nature park to go to the bathroom !!

February 23, 2019 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too loud? The nearest home is over 50 yards away. Do the residents live on their front lawns and leave the windows open year round? Plus, Regatta Park is right next door and is way busier than the courts will be. Good decision - let the games begin.

February 24, 2019 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when the exercise park was slated to be built at Merrie Christmas Park

February 24, 2019 12:19 PM  

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