Seattle City Council
4/18/2005 3:46:00 PM
Neil Powers (206) 684-8804
COUNCIL APPROVES LIGHTING FOR MAGNUSON PARK
Phased lighting approach balances field needs and neighbors’ concerns
SEATTLE—The City Council passed legislation today that will phase in lighting at the upcoming Magnuson Park athletic fields/wetlands project. The legislation calls for allowing light poles for four of the seven planned fields to be erected, while requiring a two-year evaluation be done to assess the lighting impacts to surrounding neighbors and wildlife habitat in the park.
“Today’s decision balances the need for both passive and active recreational opportunities at the Warren G. Magnuson Park,” said Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck, Chair of the Urban Development and Planning Committee. “This common sense approach will help make the Magnuson Park project the best it can be.”
The decision to light a maximum of four fields at this time is consistent with the Magnuson Park Master Plan Ordinance, passed by the City Council in 2004. The Council is committed to seeing that all seven fields receive lighting as well.
“Phasing in the construction of four fields is reasonable to allow evaluation of lighting impacts,” said Councilmember Jean Godden. “This pay-as-you-go approach is prudent and practical at this time.”