Athletes and parents want lights at Arbolitos Sports Park off Pomerado Road so they can practice at night during the fall and winter months. Residents who live along Crestwood Avenue, which borders the park, don't want the lights installed because they believe the glare will be too bright.
There were so many people at the Poway City Council chambers Tuesday night that hundreds had to stand outside and watch the meeting outside on flat screen televisions.
Many who attended were children who play soccer and other sports at Arbolitos Sports Park off Pomerado Road.
The kids were showing their support for lights at the park so they can practice at night during the fall and winter months.
"In order to be successful we need the practice,"said Tawny Blumhagen. The 16-year old plays youth soccer and says daylight saving time prevents kids from practicing after 5 p.m. between October and December.
"Currently we have 500 kids who are unable to practice in the middle of the recreational season because we do not have lights,"said Ginger Couvrette. She's the president of the Poway Sports Association and says the city wouldn't have to pay for the 70-foot lights because of donations.
Residents who live along Crestwood Avenue, which borders the park, don't want the lights installed because they believe the glare will be too bright.
"We've enjoyed sunsets and a beautiful view from our houses and they're about ready to take that away and that's a problem,"said Crestwood Avenue resident Tom Tucker.
Other residents said the city council made a promise with homeowners when the park was built in the 90's that no lights would ever be installed at the park.
"A promise was made and a promise must be kept,"said Crestwood Avenue resident Kerry Araiza. She said the lights and added noise at night would decrease the value of homes in the area. "Our quality of life would go down."
But city council members voted in favor of the lights 4 to 0. One council member was not present and did not vote.
The decision isn't final. The council will look at the issue again on October 19.