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Summerville's Parks and Recreation Department has plans to upgrade to LED lights at Gahagan Park's softball, football and baseball fields.
Doyle Best, manager of the department said more than 300 fixtures now using metal halide lights could be changed out for LED bulbs to improve lighting quality and be far more energy efficient.
He presented his project details to the town council during a standing committee meeting Monday evening. Doyle said replacing the lights would cost $875,772 if done all at once through contractor SuperGreen Solutions, which has done previous work for the town.
Funds for the project would come from Local Hospitality and Accommodations Tax fund balance in a request from the Public Works Department.
Best said the lighting replacement could be split into three phases but then the project would take longer to complete and end up costing more than $1 million.
Councilman Aaron Brown asked if the old bulbs could be repurposed in any way and Best said they could be repurposed or even sold.
Councilwoman Kima Garten-Schmidt said she thinks it would be better to save time and money by upgrading all of the lights at one time instead of breaking the project into phases.
Council members voted to send the decision to full council for further action.
Also during a discussion of parks and recreation items Councilman Aaron Brown said Wassamassaw Park needs some kind of security because there have been problems recently with vandalism. He said some ideas are to add extra police patrols at night or motion-controlled lights.
"We haven't tried anything like that," Brown said. "Let's light the park up more."
He said Wassamassaw is one of Summerville's most beautiful parks and said it needs to be preserved.
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