Extended hours proposed for Keystone Park lights in River Forest

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

The River Forest Park District is slated to revisit a village ordinance regarding athletic field lights in Keystone Park, and River Forest residents are invited to a Monday night public meeting to share their opinions about the proposed amendments.

 The suggestions include extending operational hours for athletic lights, setting operational hours for lights at two new platform tennis courts, and an allowance to operate a sled hill light during winter months. All changes are proposed for Keystone Park West.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at The Depot, at 401 Thatcher.

The current ordinance allows for athletic lights in Keystone Park West to be used between April 1 and June 15 and between August 15 and November 20. The hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The park district has requested an amendment to allow lights to operate continuously without the mid-summer interruption, from April 1 to November 30, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. This would put the athletic light hours at Keystone West in line with those at Keystone East.

A second proposed amendment would include lights set to be built with the two platform tennis courts slated for construction in August. Each of the new courts will include light poles between eight and 25-feet tall, facing either north or south.

The tennis court light poles currently standing are a number of feet taller than the new poles will be, and face east and west. The park district has proposed that the hours of operation for the new court lights be between 2 p.m. and 12 a.m. daily.

The third proposed amendment would allow for a southeast athletic light pole to operate between December 1 and February 28, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily on days when the Keystone Park sled hill is open.

The amendments are scheduled to be considered by the River Forest Board of Trustees at their August 15 meeting. 

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