Town officials denied the request from Watertown Youth Soccer for temporary lights to be placed at a park in town this fall.
The soccer program has been growing rapidly, and now has more than 600 children participating. WYS do not have not have enough room on fields during daylight hours to accommodate all the teams.
A proposal to put temporary lights at Arsenal Park was brought to the Town Council from the Human Services committee in September. The Council decided the idea needed more work, and there were questions remaining, such as who would pay for the rental, fueling and operation of the lights.
Last week, official met and decided the lights would not be a good idea, said Assistant Town Manager Steve Magoon.
“Temporary lights didn’t make sense,” Magoon said. “Arsenal Park is rented out to other entities, who didn’t want lights.”
Magoon said working with soccer and the other groups would mean moving lights on and off the field, and trucks driving on the field regularly.
“That wouldn’t work,” he said.
Director of Recreation Peter Centola said he would work to find places for permanent lighting, however that would not be in time for the fall soccer season.
“My interest is in creating more lighting, but do in on a permanent basis,” Centola said.
The head of Watertown Youth Soccer could not be reached for comment.
Magoon said the town would make efforts to find more field time for the soccer program.
In an email communication fowarded to the Town Council, Town Treasurer Joe DiVito told WYS President Mark Leonard that the soccer program would have access to Filippello Park three nights a week for now, and starting in November it could use the field five nights a week.
Leonard said WYS has also secured a few times at the DCR’s newly renovated Daly Field, across the river from Watertown in Brighton.