There are concerns that lighting at Kal Tire Place creates light pollution.

There are concerns that lighting at Kal Tire Place creates light pollution.

Dark skies wanted at Vernon arena

Shielding sought for the light standards in Kal Tire Place’s parking lot

  • Feb. 10, 2017 5:00 p.m.

Local leaders are being encouraged to consider the starry skies when designing buildings.

Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada have asked the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee to place shielding on the light standards in Kal Tire Place’s parking lot as a way of reducing sky glow.

“Dark skies are beautiful and comforting,” said John Kerr, with RASC’s Okanagan branch.

There are concerns that an abundance of lights not only make it difficult for residents to enjoy the night sky, but it can negatively impact wildlife.

While the RASC favour maintaining the current high-pressure sodium light fixtures at Kal Tire Place because they are in good condition, they are urging GVAC to set aside funds for future conversion to LED lights.

The group also wants rules for light pollution when it comes to new development.

“We should have better lighting choices for our houses and cities,” said Kerr.

Support is coming from Mike Macnabb, BX-Silver Star.

“As people, we have to be humbled by going out and looking at the stars,” said Macnabb, who also downplays the assumption that more lighting improves public safety.

“You can have all of the candle power in the world and still have crime.”

No decision has been made by GVAC about the Kal Tire Place lights.

 

Vernon Morning Star