The Hannibal Parks Department has “seen the light,” and with the help of the Board of Public Works, so too in the near future will the general public.

The Hannibal Parks Department has “seen the light,” and with the help of the Board of Public Works, so too in the near future will the general public.

“We have multiple lighting projects we’re working on right now,” said Andy Dorian, director of the Parks Department, during a meeting of the Park Board this spring. “These are really neat light projects that will benefit the community. The Board (of Public Works) has been fantastic to work with. Jared Stewart (BPW electric line superintendent) and those guys have been great.”

One of the planned projects has already been wrapped up. New light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has been installed at the Southside Recreation Park No. 1, 1500 Recreation Dr., where the city’s two sand volleyball courts are located.

“We had two of our light standards go out,” said Dorian. “They were original, probably from the ‘70s. They’d done their job.”

Rather than deal with the two failed light standards, the Parks Department worked with the lighting people at the BPW to replace all six.

New illumination is planned atop Lover’s Leap.

“We have some new lights that are going to be shining up on the flag. We’re really going to illuminate the American flag,” said Dorian. “The others are really old and kind of dim.”

Dorian credits the BPW with coming up with a unique lighting proposal for the Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse.

“Their lighting people have come up with a really cool idea to externally light the lighthouse up,” he said. “Right now we do the little lights in the windows, but they have a way to externally light it up so that we can on the Fourth of July light the whole lighthouse in red, white and blue or for Shine a Light on Autism do the whole thing blue, purple for Relay for Life, red for Valentine’s Day, pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Instead of just three lights in windows the whole thing will be illuminated at night, which will be really, really neat. A big thing we’ve been getting lately is people really like the idea of lighting the lighthouse up.”

Changing the colors will not be labor intensive. Neither will the additional illumination be costly.

“Everything will be digital so we can digitally change it,” said Dorian. “It will be (lighted) with cost-efficient LED lights.”

Possibly the most ambitious lighting undertaking that’s under consideration will take place on Ely Street.

“The Board of Public Works has put together a plan to light that corridor from the Sodalis parking lot and Ely up to the railroad tracks, so it will be past the (Ely Street) bridge and past the dog park,” said Dorian. “(That work) will light that area up as well as keep it safer.”

These lighting projects are just a few of the ones that Dorian would eventually like to see done.

“We have lots of lighting projects we’d like to do in the future. With budget constraints we’ll keep chipping away,” he said. “Everything we’re doing is with LEDs. We pay our utilities so hopefully at the end of the day it (LED lighting) will save us money.”

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