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ST. LUCIE -- Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners will improved energy efficiency and reduced utility costs at two parks and at the St. Lucie County Regional History Center.
The state grant allows St. Lucie County's Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department to replace the athletic field lighting at Ilous Ellis Park's Pop Warner Football Field, located at 1211 Avenue M, and the Horatio Grisby's Little League Baseball Fields, located at 1306 Avenue M.
These new energy-efficient lighting projects will reduce utility costs, expand the life of the lighting system and allow staff to control the lights over telephone lines or the internet.
Between the two parks, the county is projecting $12,800 annually in energy and maintenance cost savings or a total of $320,021 over the 25-year lifespan of the light fixtures.
St. Lucie County is also utilizing the grant funds to replace the indoor lighting at the Regional History Center, located at 414 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island.
Operated jointly by the County and the St. Lucie Historical Society, the museum is expected to experience a reduction in monthly lighting usage from 50 watts down to 5 watts with the annual lighting expenses decreasing from $720 to $72. The History Center's new LED lighting system is expected to generate a lifetime savings (32 years) of $27,912 for 9,336-square-foot facility.
All three lighting projects are underway and expected to be completed by the end of the month.
For a completed list of all St. Lucie County's parks and preserves, visit the county's interactive map at: http://gis.stlucieco.gov/parkspreserves.