Erie MetroParks commissioners allowed district employees to spend upwards of $5,000 on solarpaneled lights throughout the Erie MetroBark Park.
The lights should be turned on by Dec. 1.
Officials also agreed on pushing back the Hull Road facility’s closing time to 7 p.m. during winter, at which time all lights will shut off.
The park, like almost every other Erie MetroPark venue, closes at dusk.
“This will allow the users of the park to enjoy the area in the evenings during the winter months when the sun sets earlier,” said Beki Catri, the district’s marketing and volunteer coordinator. “Our goal is to be accommodating as sustainably possible.”
Among those happy about the change: Sandusky resident Ellen Hanck and her Jack Russell-Shih Tzu mix, Bandit.
“We pay a fee to use the park,” said Hanck, who along with her husband, Chuck, came up with the dog park’s name. “Just to have it open until 7 p.m. would be awesome so that people who get home around 5 p.m. can get to the dog park for a little bit.”