$1 million investment into new lighting aims to improve safety in city parks

A riverfront trail along the Detroit River in Windsor, Ont., on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (Melanie Borrelli / CTV Windsor)

The City of Windsor is taking steps to improve public safety by investing nearly $1 million to install lights across 14 municipal parks.

Contributions toward the combined investment come from Windsor City Council, ward funds and CUPE Local 82 to install 120 solar and 90 LED lights across the parks.

“Council is committed to investing in projects that maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for residents to stay healthy and active. The new 120 solar-powered and 90 LED lights being installed at 14 public parks will extend the useful hours of these outdoor spaces while providing residents with a sense of added security and visibility,” Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens said.

The city said the solar-powered lights are an affordable, low maintenance and energy efficient way to illuminate pathways and other trails. The lights are equipped with motion-sensor technology that switches on when pedestrians are detected and dims when no one is around to help conserve energy.

Dilkens, Ward 8 councillor Gary Kaschak, senior manager of parks James Chacko and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 82 representatives made the announcement at Polonia Park on Monday — which received 18 new solar lights.

“The 18 new solar-powered lights are an absolutely terrific upgrade to Polonia Park. The combined playground, walking path and now extensive lighting enable residents to use our City facilities frequently and feel safe. Impressive collaboration from all City staff involved,” Kaschak said.

Other Windsor parks that have or are set to receive new lights include:

  • Remington: 30 solar lights
  • Walker Homesite: 15 solar lights
  • Forest Glade: 26 traditional LED lights
  • Langlois/Southdale: Six solar lights and 34 traditional LED lights
  • Bridgeview: Nine traditional LED lights
  • Riverfront: 27 traditional LED lights
  • Bellewood: Seven traditional LED lights
  • Optimist Memorial: Five solar lights
  • Maple Leaf: 12 solar lights
  • Esdras: Three solar lights
  • Shawnee: One solar light
  • Tranby: 11 traditional LED lights
  • Riverside Baseball Park: Seven traditional LED lights