RESOLUTION TO ALLOW LIGHTING

OF DARDEN TOWE PARK SOFTBALL FIELDS

           

 WHEREAS,  the Charlottesville City Council has adopted a new master plan for McIntire Park which eliminates two existing lighted softball fields; and

 

WHEREAS, there are three unlighted softball fields at Darden Towe Park; and

 

WHEREAS, Darden Towe Park is owned by both the County of Albemarle and the City of Charlottesville; and

 

WHEREAS, County and City staff have recommended to the Darden Towe Park Committee that lighting of the three softball fields be allowed in order to maintain the current level of service for softball; and

 

WHEREAS, the 2007 Darden Towe Park Agreement requires the mutual agreement of the County and City before lighting any competitive sport or recreation facility in the Park; and

 

WHEREAS, the Darden Towe Park Committee recommended that the Board of Supervisors and City Council each set this item for public hearing in order to receive input from the public prior to taking action; and

 

WHEREAS, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on this matter on October 8, 2008; and

 

WHEREAS, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors finds that lighting of the softball fields at Darden Towe Park will benefit the community; and

 

WHEREAS, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will only consider a lighting plan to be acceptable that is in accord with the Outdoor Lighting provisions of the Countys Zoning Ordinance and that is as energy efficient as possible; and

 

WHEREAS, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will only consider an operating/programming plan to be acceptable that restricts the use of lighting to recreational league play on  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings before 10pm, unless exempted on a per case basis by unanimous approval of the Darden Towe Park Committee; and

 

WHEREAS, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will only consider an operating/programming plan to be acceptable that restricts the use of lighting from November 1 through March 21, except as necessary to accommodate weather related make up games for the fall City League Softball Program.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hereby expresses its approval of lighting the softball fields at Darden Towe Park, contingent upon approval by the City of Charlottesville and the approval of an acceptable lighting and funding plan.

 

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