Health & Wellness

Solar Power Lights Up Allegheny County Parks

Will allow walkers and runners to use the parks after sundown, especially in winter


Allegheny County has installed solar-powered lights in the county's two largest parks, North and South Park. The Solar Pathway Project is erecting lights across about a half-mile stretch of walking trail in each park, making it safer for walkers and runners to use the parks after sundown, especially during the winter months when the sun sets earlier.

"We think this will add a lot of benefit to park users," said Joel Perkovich, a landscape architect with Allegheny County. Perkovich explained how the light system works in a video on the county's Facebook page :

Each light has a large solar panel on the top of the light fixture to collect energy during the day. An LED light bulb underneath comes on when it gets dark, and is powered by the stored solar energy.

The lights have solar panels on the top and LED bulbs on the bottom.

Perkovich says the beauty of the system is that each light is self-contained, and doesn't require running any electrical lines to the lights, which would be time consuming and expensive. Plus it's eco-friendly.

"It's just another example of many of the measures we're taking in our park system to operate and maintain them more sustainably," explained Perkovich.

The lights will be great for people who like to jog and run in the early morning or after work.

Allegheny County has 9 public parks, covering more than twelve-thousand acres.

(Images & video: Allegheny County Facebook page )

How can you start something good?
The Conversation
More stories you may love

Warning: This Community Program Is In Danger Of Shutting Down!

Watch to see why this program that serves children, adults, and people with special needs may go away if people don't step up NOW!

Volunteers Make "Secret Garden" Grow For Neighbors In Need

It's beautiful! A family's donation of land allows a Pittsburgh non-profit to provide healthy, fresh, organic produce to people who come to their food pantry.

Our Mission
Have you ever felt like there's just too much bad news? Ever felt like the world is hopeless, and you're helpless to do anything about it? We did too. That's why we created Sparkt™.
At Sparkt™, we tell powerful stories about great people making a difference in their communities, and we show you how you can make a difference too. Join us, and together, let's #StartSomethingGood!
Popular
Recent
Sparkt Newsletter
Get positive, uplifting stories in your inbox
Follow Us on Social Media
Download the Mobile App
Sparkt™ is a Rabble Holdings, Inc. Media Brand. © 2020 Rabble Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved.