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Spreckels Rec Park goes green for security lights

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Spreckels Rec Park goes green for security lights

This is what the Greenway solar security lights look like that are being installed at Spreckels Park.

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POSTED March 16, 2009 3:45 a.m.
Spreckels Recreation Park – due to open this spring – is on target to become Manteca’s greenest park yet.
It has nothing to do with the lush green grass that now carpets much of the 10-acre site at Moffat Boulevard and Spreckels Avenue. What makes it so green are the three security lights the City Council is expected to approve installing during Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.
The security lighting on the BMX portion of the park will consist of three Illumibrite Greenway Solar Lights.
They resemble a standard light pole you’d see on city streets with two exceptions – they are solar powered and the light arm comes out at a 90-degree angle from the support pole instead of arching.
The lights are popular in remote locations where electricity is tough to access. They are gaining more and more use in the United States for adding security lighting to areas away from existing electricity sources such as regional parks where there is a desire to add security lighting without extensive trenching.
The light standards meet Department of Transportation specifications along with stringent wind load criteria.
Heavy gauge aluminum is used on the underside of the solar panels to protect them from vandalism. The zero-maintenance gel cell batteries used in the solar lighting system provide sufficient power to operate the light even when they are multiple days of inclement weather. The batteries are secured in a vented battery box at the top of the pole to shield the batteries from the sun, maximize battery life, and protect the batteries from vandalism.
The LED lights provide 100,000 hours of illumination.
Modesto Executive Electric submitted the low bid of $16,480 for the project that had been estimated to cost $20,000.
There are three other items related to the BMX portion of Spreckels Park on Tuesday’s agenda.
David Hall Masonry of Ripon submitted the low bid of $33,169 for the 8-foot high, 200-foot long masonry wall separating the BMX track by nearby houses in the Powers Tract neighborhood. The estimate for the project was $60,000.
Richter Fence of Ripon submitted the low bid of $14,743 – beating out the closest bidder Stockton Fence Co. by $1.50 – to install 1,150 linear feet of chain-link fence at the park.
The fourth item is amending the municipal code to require protective equipment be worn by those who use the BMX Park just as the city requires for the skate park.
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