Central Park illuminations part of revitalization and safety plans

From battlefordsNOW
August 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

People taking a stroll through Central Park, beside North Battleford Library, in the evening will notice the park is a whole lot brighter for their short journey.

The City of North Battleford has installed LED lighting to 27 trees last week to illuminate the park after dark and increase safety.

The soft white lights are light-activated so they will go on at dusk and extinguish at dawn automatically each night.

 Mayor Ryan Bater said the project has been a good addition to downtown. 

"I think they look absolutely beautiful," he said. "It's all part of the downtown master plan."

"The entire downtown is going through a transformation," the mayor added. "We are in year two or phase two of the implementation of the downtown master plan."

The city budgeted $35,000 for the project although the final actual tally is still being determined. The city said in a release the LED lights are long-lasting and require low power.

This project is part of the city's planning and development 2018 capital budget and he overall Downtown Revitalization Action Plan. This project was completed by L7 Electric.

The illumination project also reflects North Battleford's Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) initiative by making the public space safer. The presence of the lights also reduces the risk of people having accidents or sustaining injuries while crossing the park. The city said the project also builds civic pride.

"A well lit area is less likely to have people doing undesirable activities," said Mayor Ryan Bater. "The idea was to brighten the park up, especially at night, and to make it accessible for everybody." 

He said administration presented the project to council last fall and council approved it.

The city said in its release the LED lights are another new feature in the park in addition to new benches, pathways and a giant compass that was installed last year.


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