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Normal Town Parks Official Questions Trail Lighting Pitch

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:48:12 CDT
By: Haley BeMiller

Town of Normal officials are skeptical of a student group's proposal to put lights on parts Constitution Trail to minimize risk at night. Normal Parks and Rec Director Garry Little says the organization, Trail Safe, will have to work around a city ordinance that prohibits trail use after dark and isn't sure if the proposal is feasible.

   

"We've got a lot of different requests throughout the community for improvements in parks and trails and trail linkages and that type of thing, so I can't really say whether this is something that will happen or not," he says.

But above all, Little says, he isn't sure if the proposal would make the trail safer.

   

"Lighting up only a segment of the trail I don't think will improve the overall trail safety," he says. "When you get to the point where the trail's not lit, what do you do in those areas if people continue to use them?"

Trail Safe wants to put lights on only the section between Virginia and Raab, and Little says this ignores the rest of the 30-mile trail. He says the city also needs to consider funding and how this would impact neighbors. But, Little says he hasn't ruled it out and will meet with some of the students to discuss their petition.

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