Lions Park receives upgrades for field

Lions Park in Costa Mesa was the site of a lighting ceremony Thursday evening, where new eco-friendly lights illuminated the upgrades.

Some $520,000 of Costa Mesa's redevelopment agency funds was used to provide Davis Field with new vinyl-coated perimeter fencing, 50-foot baseball netting and a new lighting system, according to a city news release.

The lighting system for the West 18th Street facility will cut energy use by about 1.2 million kilowatt hours and 873 metric tons of carbon dioxide over a 25-year period. The system can also be turned on and off via phone and online.

"This is a project of great importance because we are able to offer recreational opportunities for our residents," said Ernesto Munoz, the city's interim public services director. "Installation of new sports lights and field improvements will allow Costa Mesa residents to fully utilize the facility for its intended potential. Great venues like this allow users to play at higher levels and further develop their skills."

— Sarah Peters

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