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Vote on Franklin Park lighting set for May 7

Loudoun's Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote May 7 whether to approve additional lighting for seven sports facilities at Franklin Park just outside downtown Purcellville.

The special exception application is to expand field lighting at Franklin Park to four existing rectangular fields, two existing tennis courts and an existing outdoor in-line skate rink.

Opponents of the plan argue that bright lighting at the high-elevation Franklin Park will be detrimental to western Loudoun's rural aesthetics. Supporters, meanwhile, say the lighting is needed to offer more recreational opportunities for young athletes.

The county's Planning Commission voted 7-1-1 to recommend denial of the special exception application, but county staff recommends approval with conditions that will decrease the adverse impacts associated with the increased lighting, according to a staff report.

-Trevor Baratko


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