Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold a lighting study open house in December to gather public input on how to brighten Cal Anderson Park at night while preserving the historical character of the park.

The open house will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Cal Anderson Park Shelter House, 1635 11th Ave.

SPR plans to use current lighting evaluations while working with designers and stakeholders to identify solutions that improve the nighttime park experience and makes people feel safer being there after dark.

The department is working with original park designers Berger Partnership and Dark Light Design to evaluate ways to improve park pathway and entryway lighting.

Dark Light Design created the Cal Anderson Lighting Master Plan in 2015 for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, which was funded through a $13,500 grant from the Seattle Office of Economic Development.

Light measurements conducted around the park for the master plan varied drastically, with the playfield coming in around 30 foot-candles, while the area around the fountain was .06. The path along the water feature came in at .60 foot-candles.

The current historical globes on pole lights around the park not only cause glare, the report states, but make it difficult to get a good view of the night sky.

A schematic design is expected to come out of this new work by SPR, Berger Partnership, Dark Light Design and community stakeholders.

Cal Anderson Park Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) report produced by the Seattle Neighborhood Group in 2016 identifies a need for serious lighting revisions to discourage criminal activity.

“Crime data also indicates strongly that much of the crime in Cal Anderson Park occurs during twilight and after dark, the report states.

The CPTED report found a “dramatic boom in crime on the perimeter of Cal Anderson Park after 2013,” including assaults and a rise in narcotics activities and liquor violations.

SPR is being funded in this phase through $50,000 in real estate excise tax revenue.

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