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New lights up at Coventry Park slo-pitch diamond

August 21, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Slo-pitch leagues will be able to get a few more games in now that the second diamond at Coventry Park has lights installed allowing for play after the sun goes down.

Crews installed the lights at the park on Wednesday, August 12.

The seasoned crew managed to install five 80-foot poles in about five hours thanks to several days of pre-planning.

The new lighting system is designed by engineers to evenly light the field. The crew positioned lights according to the plan before installing them on the poles.

The light poles are sunk 11 feet into the soil and secured with packed limestone to keep them stable.

“It goes through the process of ordering the poles, then the process of putting all the heads on the day before,” explained Terry Campbell of Double 05 Electric, who along with his crew, installed the lights.

“We have to get them all connected. Then we come in and auger the holes. We go down 11-and a-half feet. We put a big rock at the bottom and fill with limestone screening. The top of the poles are 69-and a-half feet above ground.”

Campbell is a sub-contractor for RMP Industries, the firm responsible for the work.

There’s a lot more to lighting a ball diamond than just putting up some lights over the field.

“It’s all done by computer,” Mr. Campbell said, pointing out that each pole has a different amount of lights on it. “It’s done on a computer graphics chart to determine the foot-candles on the field. That’s done by the lighting manufacturers. You give them the size of the field and they calculate the beam patterns and the target points. When they get the power to these poles I have to come back with a lift and grade out the field and put target points on the field and aim those lights to the target points.”

After the poles and lights were installed, the next step was to get everything hooked up to power.

There is one more bank of lights that have to be put in place, however there is a natural barrier temporarily stopping that part of the project.

A large osprey nest is located on top of the one of the already existing towers at the end of right field in the first diamond. The osprey nest has been there for several years and the birds return every year.

The plan is to put a set of lights on that pole, opposite the existing lights and pointing the opposite way to light the second field.

However, the Ministry of Natural Resources has set a date to which no work can be done to avoid disturbing the nest.

If it is decided to move the nest, it will be relocated to the top of a wooden pole several feet away with a new nesting box that meets the requirements of the Ministry.

Either way, the osprey will have a bird’s eye view of any games that happen.

The new lights will enable local slo-pitch leagues to increase their schedule and possibly add more teams to the line-up.

By Brian Lockhart


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