A trial of three solar pole lights are to be installed in Manly Lagoon Park shortly in an effort to improve public access after dark.
Manly council will install three “smart” lights in the narrow park that runs between North Steyne and Pittwater Rd.
The move was prompted by Cr Hugh Burns after locals complained that the park, which has no lighting, does not feel safe after dark.
The smart solar-powered lights will have motion sensors, meaning they are usually dim, but become temporarily brighter when a pedestrian or cyclist gets close. They cost $3000 each and will be placed at three key points on the park pathway for a six months trial.
Cr Burns said the trial would assess whether the lights were bright enough for park users, but subtle enough to avoid disturbing people living next door.
If the trial is a success, the next stage would be installing 11 more lights, bringing the total cost up to $35,000.
The lights, which have a simple, compact design, will be similar to ones used in Gasworks Reserve at Little Manly Point.
Lagoon Park links two well-lit areas and is popular with cyclists, joggers and dog walkers as well as people taking a short cut home after dark.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.