West Seattle 4th of July: Late lights at three city-owned fields

July 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 3 Comments

Again this year, Seattle Parks will leave the lights on at synthetic-turf ballfields around the city to discourage fireworks. We’ve excerpted its citywide announcement to include the West Seattle fields it mentions (no WS fields will be turned off at 10):

Seattle Parks and Recreation will activate the field lighting on synthetic ballfields throughout the city on the evening of Thursday, July 4, to protect the synthetic surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at 8:45 p.m. and will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field.

The lights will be turned on to discourage the use of fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle and will destroy the artificial turf on the fields. The approximate replacement cost for synthetic carpet based on per average full size field (110,000 square feet) is $1.2 million. All the fields have been renovated in the past several years and benefit field users including soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse.

The following fields will be turned off at 11 p.m.:
· Delridge Playfield, 4458 Delridge Way SW

· Hiawatha Playfield, 2700 California Ave. SW

· Walt Hundley Playfield, 6920 34th Avenue SW

For additional questions or information please contact Seattle Parks and Recreation Security Manager Corby Christensen at 206-510-2315.

See the entire citywide list in the full Parks announcement published here.

3 Comments

  1. Will the parks dept have anyone monitoring the fields that night? They should turn the sprinklers on to discourage people from going on the fields too! Sadly many people shoot off fireworks illegally and leave all the trash at the parks to be cleaned up the next day!!!

    Comment by Rockergirl5678 — 9:41 pm July 2, 2013 #

  2. The lights aren’t deterring anything. Just like last year, people are lighting ‘em up big time at Walt Hundley Playfield – some of looks to be professional level stuff. Unless the parks dept is going to back it up with patrols, there’s no point in using the lights.

    Comment by SunriseHtsRez — 9:42 pm July 4, 2013 #

  3. Please call 911 if you haven’t already. They ARE dispatching to fireworks calls and I would think those would be priority. But it is a busy night so they are not just going to happen by if nobody calls.

    Comment by WSB — 9:47 pm July 4, 2013 #

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