Shores tennis players expected to love new court lights

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 23, 2018

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores has some serious tennis players, so they’re likely to appreciate new lighting planned to accompany the new courts that will be built this year.

The courts — which will be built this spring where the old ones are now — will be getting new, energy-efficient LED lights specifically designed for tennis courts. As part of the tennis court project, the Shores will be purchasing the lights from Lake Stevens, Washington-based Alternative LED/Bright Court Sports Lighting, at a cost of about $20,000 for 16 lights.

During a Jan. 16 Shores City Council meeting, City Councilman Robert Barrette said these lights cost more than standard lights, but because of the energy savings, they’ll pay for themselves in only about 2 1/2 years.

Department of Public Works Director Brett Smith said after the meeting that the DPW — working with Fresard Electric — will be refurbishing the existing light poles and putting in the new LED lights. The old lights “use a lot of energy.”

The savings, said Barrette, are “huge” — about 200 percent from what’s there now.

“It’s greater than (the savings from) when we changed the city (streetlights) from mercury to LED,” he said.

But perhaps more importantly, the quality of the new lights is said to be far superior.

“They’re made for tennis courts,” Smith said. “They’ll provide the proper amount of lighting at a significant savings.”

The vendor specializes in tennis court lights, Barrette said. Smith and Barrette researched several companies before selecting Alternative LED, Barrette said. He added that the company has installed tennis court lights at facilities across the country.

“You’ll be happy with the lights, believe me,” Barrette said.

The council voted unanimously in favor of the purchase Jan. 16.

Barrette said it would take about four to six weeks after ordering them for the lights to be delivered.

After the meeting, Kedzierski said the courts would be constructed this spring, before the 2017-18 fiscal year ends June 30. City Manager Mark Wollenweber said they “will be playable” sometime after Osius Park opens for the season Memorial Day weekend.

The tennis court project, which was bid out last year, is expected to cost nearly $250,000.