Ellington Fields Possibly Getting Lights

The tennis courts and football field at Ellington High School may soon be getting lights.

The town is applying for a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant that will provide funding for the project.

Department of Public Works Director Timothy Webb said that the football field is also used by the lacrosse teams and can be modified to fit a soccer field. He said that in addition to the lighting on the main field, some lights will be added to the practice field next to it.

According to Webb, the manufacturer has a 25-year warranty on the lights, which he says will be very light pollution friendly.

“They don’t light up the world, they light up more straight down,” he said. “They’re hooded, or “cobra” style.”

Everything is still very early on, but this is a step in the right direction for people who have wanted lighting on the field and courts for some time.

“Everybody should be excited, but it’s just a matter of going through the process now,” Webb said. “If we get a grant, it beats spending $500,000 for lighting out of the taxpayer base. If we’re able to get a grant from the state, it would be excellent.”

Booster Club President Cyndi Costanzo said many teams in the area either have temporary or permanent lights, and that Ellington teams have been playing more night games in recent years. She, and others in town, want to see Ellington going the same way.

“We’re going after a $500,000 STEAP grant, which I fully support and will absolutely improve the situation in Ellington,” she said. “If that grant is secured, it’s not going to cost the taxpayers of Ellington anything. That’s nice. You get a nice benefit, and we’re going to pick this up through a grant. That’s terrific.”

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