Lights coming to Ballard High’s athletic field

After a public meeting and comment period last month, the city has approved plans to build floodlights at Ballard High School’s athletic field.

The lights will enable Ballard’s many outdoor teams — including football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field — more time to practice before school begins (8:45 a.m.) and after school gets out (3:35 p.m), especially during the winter. The lighting will also enable more community use of the field, according to Seattle Schools.

The plan is to erect 32 shielded LED floodlights on steel poles. The two poles on the west side of the field will be 70-feet tall, and the two poles on the east side will 90-feet tall. The school district says the heights of the poles were selected to “minimize light spillage outside the athletic complex.”

The lights will run automatically, turning on at dusk and running until 10 p.m. during field events. During the winter, the lights may also be lit during morning practices.

Construction is expected to begin this summer and take four weeks.

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