City of Victoria upgrades lighting in 2 neighborhood parks

Improvements help to fulfill safety goal in master plan
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A recently installed LED street light shines at Queen City Park.

VICTORIA, Texas – Parks & Recreation recently installed new solar-powered LED lights at Queen City Park and Pine Steet Park.

The project coincides with the goals of the newly adopted Parks & Recreation master plan. While developing the plan, residents identified security features such as cameras and lighting as a top priority.

Parks & Recreation is using the plan as a guide to improving lighting in existing parks. It will also ensure adequate lighting at upcoming facilities, such as the dog park and the redesigned duck pond.

There are seven new lights in Queen City Park and three in Pine Street Park. The lights were funded through the community development block grant program. This federal program funds projects that contribute to equitable development, which is another goal of the master plan and the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

“Sufficient lighting plays an important role in improving safety,” said Assistant City Manager Mike Etienne. “The City will continue to pursue grant funding and other resources to help us enhance livability by upgrading our lighting.”

Executive Director of Christ’s Kitchen Trish Hastings thanked the City for the lighting improvements in the area. Christ’s Kitchen is located near Queen City Park

“We are thrilled with the new lighting, and we look forward to joining the City in making the area a safer and more beautiful space,” Hastings said.

The City is also in the process of applying for a $1/6 million grant to replace over 4,000 amber-colored, high-pressure sodium street lights. The lights are brighter and more efficient LED lighting.

You can find more information about the Parks & Recreation master plan by visiting www.victoriatx.gov/parks-master-plan.