West Seattle 4th of July: ‘Lights on’ at 3 synthetic-turf fields

Again this year, to discourage personal-use fireworks (which are illegal in Seattle), the Parks Department will turn on the lights for a while at synthetic-turf fields, including 3 in West Seattle. The announcement’s ahead:

Seattle Parks and Recreation will activate the field lighting on synthetic ballfields throughout the city on the evening of Wednesday, July 4, to protect the synthetic surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at approximately 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 over the past five years and benefit field users including soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse.

Seattle Parks and Recreation appreciates all the community involvement in the field restorations and reminds the community to be good stewards of the synthetic fields.

The lights will be turned on at 8:45 p.m. at the following fields, and turned off at the time noted:

· Bobby Morris at Cal Anderson Park off at 11 p.m.

1635 11th Ave

· Genesee Upper and Lower Playfield off at 11 p.m.

4316 S Genesee St.

· Georgetown Playfield off at 11 p.m.

750 S Homer St.

· Hiawatha Playfield off at 11 p.m.

2700 California Ave. SW

· Lower Woodland Playfield #2 and #7 off at 11 p.m.

5201 Green Lake Way North.

· Magnuson #5 (Rugby), #6, #7 off at 10 p.m.

7400 Sand Point Way N.E.

· Miller Playfield off at 10 p.m.

330 19th Ave. E

· Walt Hundley Playfield off at 11:00 p.m.

6920 34th Avenue SW

· Loyal Heights Playfield off at 10:00 p.m.

2101 NW 77th St

· Jefferson Playfield off at 11:00 p.m.

4165 16th Ave S.,

· Delridge Playfield off at 11:00 p.m.

4458 Delridge Way SW

· Garfield #1 off at 11:00 p.m.

E Cherry St & 23rd Ave

For additional questions or information please contact Seattle Parks and Recreation security officer Lisa Harrison at 206-423-0526.

9 Replies to "West Seattle 4th of July: 'Lights on' at 3 synthetic-turf fields"

  • smokeycretin9 July 2, 2012 (4:08 pm)


    “Celebrate The Independence Of Your Nation By Blowing Up A Small Part Of It.”

  • Harold Reems July 2, 2012 (5:53 pm)

    I am praying for a nice deluge all day Wednesday, stopping around 4am on Thursday.

  • kevin July 3, 2012 (2:08 am)

    Leaving the lights on – I LOVE it! And I wholeheartedly agree with @Harold’s comment!

    PS – It can’t cost that much more to leave the lights on until 1 or 2 AM!

  • Delridge Mom July 3, 2012 (8:00 am)

    They should leave the lights on later than that. The fireworks really get going around here in delridge at around the time they will be turning the lights off. Thank goodness for earplugs!

  • LL July 3, 2012 (8:37 am)

    I agree with Delridge Mom! Most of the thugs and punks that would do damage(even unintentionally) to the playfields probably don’t get going until after 10/11PM.

    Like Kevin said, it can’t really cost THAT much more can it?

    Unfortunately, this seems like a great idea but only partially thought out.

    • WSB July 3, 2012 (8:45 am)

      This is at least the third year (I found a Parkways blurb for 2010, and I know they did it last year) and I believe it worked – TR

  • Amy July 3, 2012 (2:23 pm)

    Agree – lights should be on ’til 2. People have been getting an early start the past 3-4 days and they’ve been going off as late as 2am.

  • steve July 3, 2012 (4:26 pm)

    so delridge playfield would be a good place to see fireworks? :)

  • Amy July 4, 2012 (11:18 pm)

    Yeah…didn’t seem to deter anyone. I live a few doors away from Walt Hundley Playfield, and people have been lighting ’em up for hours.

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