Work is nearing completion on a $151,000 lighting project at Rumsey Park which will make the multipurpose field and a nearby baseball field suitable for evening play.
Lighting the two fields, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind said, had become a necessity due to the growing number of participants in town-sponsored youth programs.
When the lighting project is complete, Little League minor division games can be played on Rumsey III field. Also, the soccer field will be available during the late-day hours for the almost 300 youngsters now participating in the spring soccer program.
Included in the project are six light poles in the North Rumsey Park area. Two poles will light the multipurpose field and another two the outfield at Rumsey III. The facilities will share another two poles.
"It will light up most of North Rumsey," Schwind said.
The original contract calls for the project to be completed April 17, but that deadline was extended about two weeks because of late changes requested by P&R officials.
According to Schwind, the changes in the project will enhance the quality of lighting to control glare and reduce light spillage. The improvements meant ordering new lenses and lamps which resulted in the two-week delay.
The company that was awarded the contract, Sellers & Sons of Gila Bend, is known throughout the United States as one of the top lighting contractors, Schwind said.
Sellers was responsible for the massive lighting project in Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium.
The original bid submitted by Sellers was for $138,000 but that amount increased $13,000 when the improvements were added.
Originally, the Town Council approved $195,000 from contingency funds for the project.