Marin Catholic Stadium Lights — Kentfield Planning Advisory Board Meeting on January 27, 2016 at 7:30

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that Marin Catholic High School has submitted an application to the County of Marin relating to the school’s proposal to add lights to its stadium.  In connection with the application, the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board is having a meeting on January 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Deedy Lounge, Student Center, of the College of Marin. Deedy Lounge is in the lowest floor of the Student Center, in the corner building nearest the creek and the new science building. You may have to go through the cafeteria and should look for a sign on the door.

According to the agenda for the KPAB meeting, Marin Catholic is requesting approval to allow for installation of a field lighting system at the school’s outdoor football field. The system would be comprised of four 80-foot tall light poles with differing fixture arrays, installed on the 10 yard line at each side of the field. LED lamp fixtures would be affixed to each pole for lighting during evening hours. Proposed poles at the north side of the field (closest to the parking lot) would feature 19 fixtures, 16 at top and three at about 15 feet. The two poles on the field’s south side (in front of the home bleachers) would have 16 fixtures. The poles would consist of in-ground concrete bases and 80-foot tall galvanized steel poles. The fixtures would utilize a Light Structure Green System from Musco Lighting Systems and 50 to 1,500-watt LEDs would be used to provide a 50-foot candle illumination average. The system would feature a “dimmed” setting, which would be used for games that do require full lighting, as well as after completion of games. Additional path lighting is to be installed along pedestrian pathways for illumination of bleachers and paths surrounding the field.

Overall, the system would be used for 514 games and practices annually: Freshman football games on Thursdays at 6 p.m., Junior Varsity football games on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Varsity football games from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The system also would be used for overlapping evening practices, with 110 total football practices and 225 lacrosse and soccer practices proposed. These practices would end at 9:00 p.m. The majority of evening games and practices would be from November through February.

The GPOA encourages all interested residents to attend this meeting on January 27, 2016.

Residents can view the application at: www.marincatholic.org/Page/Stadium-Lights.

Very truly yours, 

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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