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Pickering Tennis Players “Love” Brighter Courts

Posted on Tuesday February 10, 2015

The Pickering Recreation Complex’s four indoor tennis courts recently received a major lighting retrofit.

“The City of Pickering is embarking on several projects in the area of community sustainability which included the lighting project at the Pickering Recreation Complex,” said Tony Prevedel, Chief Administrative Officer. “Sustainability requires us to balance and integrate environmental, social and economic considerations, and the installation of the new lighting system successfully meets all components while improving the facility.” 

The project replaced 61 incandescent 1000 watt bulbs with 320 watt LED fixtures, and is expected to significantly reduce operating costs for the City moving forward.

Compared to the incandescent bulbs, the LED fixtures are not only more aesthetically pleasing, but provide longer lifespan, use approximately 60 per cent less energy, and double the illumination levels on the playing surface.

Feedback from court users has been positive, with players even attributing the new lights to a more focused game.

“There is no glare – yet the ball and the court lines are brighter than ever before,” said Dave Ochotta, Head Tennis Professional, Pickering Recreation Complex, Level 3 Tennis Canada Coach.

“The redesigned lighting system at the Pickering Recreation Complex has eliminated noise levels from the old ballasts and glare from the old fixtures, contributing to a more enjoyable level of play in an upgraded environment,” said Graham Castanheiro, Recreation Complex Pro & Certified Member of the Illuminating Society of North America. “The consistent light level and colour upgrade of the energy efficient fixtures will have a have a positive effect for quality of the games played.”

This project was made possible in part by incentives secured through the SaveOnEnergy program, and was guided by the City’s Corporate Energy Management Plan, which outlines a 5-year action plan to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and minimize the City’s environmental footprint.

Visit pickering.ca/sustainability to learn more about the City’s Corporate Energy Management Plan.

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As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:
Gilbert Boehm
Supervisor, Energy Management l City Development Department
905.420.4660 ext. 3609
1.866.683.2760 | TTY 905.420.1739
gboehm@pickering.ca