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Girl Scout Working To Get Lights for Softball Field

A 12-year-old catcher is working to have lights installed on her youth softball league’s field in Scott Township.

Lizzy Evans is working to have lights installed on her youth softball league’s field so her teammates can play and practice at night.

The 12-year-old catcher living in Scott Township has reached out to a company about building the lights and plans to write a grant application to Duquesne Light to build the lights at the softball field located between Lindsay and Greentree roads.

The lights could cost $109,000, but they would allow more games and practices at the softball field near the . Lizzy is trying to get grant money to pay for all of the installation.

“It’s a lot of work, but it will all be worth it,” Lizzy said. “We’ll probably get more (girls) to play if we get the light and have more time to play.”

Lizzy, who has played softball on both travel teams and in the Scott league for six years, met with township officials last week to discuss the idea. They seem receptive to the idea, but she must still meet with people living in the neighboring Terrace Apartments before moving forward.

“I’m very confident in what I’ve been doing,” Lizzy said. “I’m petty sure they’ll say yes … hopefully.”

Getting the lights are part of Lizzy’s Girl Scout Silver Award project. However she probably wouldn’t benefit from the lights since she probably won’t be playing in the league when they’re installed. She hopes it gives the softball players more chances to play and practice.

“The lights will allow us to have more games and have the ability to have more practices,” Lizzy said. “There will more time for both.”

Lizzy plans to meet with residents at the Terrace later this month before the Scott Township commissioners make a decision on the plan.

Even if they agree to the lights, Lizzy will still have to write the grant application and work with Duquesne Light and other companies to build the light stands. That’s a project she’s looking forward to work on.

“I didn’t think it was that many hours,” Lizzy said of the time she’s spent on the project. “It just flies by.”

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Mary J. June 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Great, just what we need, more lights glaring into our houses at all hours of the night.
Sandstorm June 18, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I think it's a great idea. The municipal field is the only one on which the girls can play softball. Sometimes it gets dark before they can finish the game. Lights would enable them to play longer. Hooray for Lizzy!
Uncle Jimmy June 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
It is nice to see that someone is looking out for our area girls. It is also a shame that the people in the Terrace think they have more rights than the other residents of Scott Twp. This is an excellent idea and one that should of been done years ago. This young Lady has the backing of many of the parents and should be commended for her actions.. Bravo I say to Lizzy .
L Davis June 18, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Hey Mike, The Girl Scout award is called "The Girl Scout Silver Award" and star doesn't appear in the title. This is the 2nd most prestigious award that a Girl Scout can receive after the Gold Award. This project requires Leadership, Addressing Community Need and should reflect something that the girl is passionate about. Obviously, you've met Lizzy and it's clear this is something she's really eager to see implemented. I hope the Terrace residents will rally behind her to support her as she tackles this issue.
Mike Jones (Editor) June 18, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Thanks for the correction. I'll update the story with that information.
auntmeg June 18, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Good luck Lizzy....The girls deserve it...Awesome work being done by such a young girl. The field is improving so much just with all the parents volunteering there time lights would make a huge difference
Patti June 18, 2012 at 05:54 PM
This is probably a dumb question, but where is the Terrace?
Mike Jones (Editor) June 18, 2012 at 06:19 PM
It's the development next the municipal between Lindsay and Greentree Roads. Ursala, Victory and McArthur drives make up the plan.
Bigrig June 18, 2012 at 09:56 PM
The Municipal Field has come a long way over the past few years. Four years ago, our home field was an embarrassment. Through the initiative of parents and the township, many improvements have been made. Now this young lady has taken the initiative to make further improvements. Lights would really make it a first class facility. You have the support of many. Nice job Lizzy!
Morgan Figura June 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Wow! What a great idea! Whenever I played softball for Scott Township, the municipal field was unplayable. It is amazing to see how far the efforts of the parents and kids have gone. Adding lights would definitely complete the complex as whole. Who doesn't enjoy a nice summer night game under the lights? Aside from the enjoyable atmosphere that the lights create they also provide for the practical uses of having more flexible hours for both practices and games for busy coaches, players, parents and umpires. You also need to think of the parents that work full time, this would really aid in getting to see their children play. By supporting Lizzy and following through with this project our girls will be able to better themselves as players as they would have more time to get reps and work in. Who knows the extent of the extra practice and how it could pay off. Some may achieve scholarships, or just become overall good people to contribute to society. I am sure that those residing in the Terrace would be more than willing to support Lizzy and her wonderful cause! Big shout out to Lizzy for taking on this project and stepping up as a leader in our community. She's a great girl!
ss June 19, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Good for you Lizzy!!! Personally I'd rather have lights glaring in my house than unmotivated kids in my house playing video games!!! The girls should be afforded the same opportunites the boys have!!! I hope it works out for you Lizzy!!!
anonymous June 19, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I think it is important to remind the fine members of the Scott Twp. community and the STAA what the township went through years ago when they tried to put lights up at Scott Park. For those of you that were around for that it was a big deal and much planning went into it. The people on Lindsay Rd. and surrounding were very concerned about that project. It is the same thing as the people at Chartiers Terrace, but these lights will be much closer to where they live. I think that having a conversation with them is a great place to start. I am absolutely not saying I am against it, but I think these people (just like the people on Lindsday years ago) deserve an explanation of what this may look like or the guidelines for it. Some of the people that are commenting so what about Chartiers Terrace are probably the same people who complain if something went up like this by their house. ALL residents of Scott Twp. need to work together to solve this and I would hope there would not be any bullying or bad mouthing of any residents. I am sure everyone wants something good for the kids. Lizzy is a great girl! Even though there may be bumps in the road, keep following your dreams!
mdaisy June 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Anonymous I can agree with you to a certain extent. Lizzy is going to educate the neighborhood around the field at her meeting with the Terrace. As she propsed at the commissioners meeting the lights she would like to put up will have covers and a visor which will limit the over flow of light into the neighborhood. She even worked with a company to see exactly what the over flow will be. According to her research it will be .46% (point 46, less than one percent). That is no more than a typical street lamp. The covers will force the lights to be directly on the field. She also proposed that there be time restrictions on the lights and informing the neighborhood if there will be a tournament hosted at that field. The girls use that field only 3-4 month out of the year so we can not compare it to Scott Park for they have lights on not just the baseball fields.
Joe Simpson June 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Well move then. Why would you buy a house next to a big park like Scott park and have a problem with kids wanting to get involved in recreational activities rather than egging your house or breaking into it with no lights to see them doing it.
Mike Jones (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Lizzy is supposed to meet with the Terrace's executive board today. Keep us posted on how the meeting goes!
Guest June 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Good for you Lizzy!I can see their concern but along with mdaisy little Lizzy is doing her reserach and trying to do whats best for everyone!
Sally June 19, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Lizzy I think you have broad shoulders coming into this project. Even though there may be a couple bumps down the road, don't lose confidence in your self. This is a great idea and everybody I know seems to love it. Keep up the good work!
p.graham June 19, 2012 at 07:16 PM
j.simpson/uncle jimmy why would you start talking about C.T. residents like that? C.T happened to be built by Pres. FDR in 1939-1941. The families of men who would serve in WW11 and/ or the steel industry for that effort lived here. This was farmland There was no Scott Park, municipal bldg, ball field, Wynnecliff, Cynthia Drive, Shop and Save. The Rec. Hall was opened for Scott Twps first kdg. Catholic and Protestant Church services were brought to the Rec. Hall every week. The residents bought the property from the Federal Gov. after the War and we became a Co-Op and we are proud to still be here. We do not think we have more rights than other residents of Scott but we do think that we have the same rights as everyone else to express our feelings on somethuing that we will live next to - - not you. You two started before I ever saw a comment from C.T. residents!!
Mary J. June 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Mister Simpson, I'm a seventeen year-old girl. I don't really have much of a choice in the matter of where I live. I didn't buy this house, my parents did. If what you're doing is trying to tell a minor to just up and move out of her house, please. Continue.
Guest June 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Any idea on how the meeting went?
Bigrig June 20, 2012 at 01:35 PM
P.graham, the very first comment was from a terrace resident, Mary J. Mary J, I have attended many away softball games under the lights. None have went to "all hours of the night". We are talking about 7 to 14 year old girls. I understand the concern of the residents of the terrace. It is common for a field with lights in a residential setting to have a rule that no inning starts after 10:00 and lights out by 10:15 or 10:30. It is also my understanding that the proposed lighting system has deflectors that would greatly reduce the impact on adjacent properties. I certainly believe that if both sides listen to each other's concerns that a working plan could be put into place. There are far worse things that could be going on next door than girls softball. Most in attendance are parents and grandparents of the participants. The attendees are generally a well behaved group ( No weapons, drugs, or vulgarity). I have seen residents of the terrace walk over to support their local teams. Surely something could be worked out that would be agreeable to both sides.
p.graham June 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Bigrig, No 17yr.old named Mary J lives with family in Chartiers Terrace and she did not say she was from CT . There are private homes only the road width of Lindsay from the expected lights.
Bigrig June 20, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I had assumed that she lived in CT. Perhaps she does live in one of the three private houses and not one of the hundred plus units at CT. If I am incorrect with my assumption, I apologize.
Lexi Schwartzmiller June 22, 2012 at 06:15 AM
This is a great idea Lizzy thought of! I wish I would of thought of this when I was kid trying to play on that field. Like Morgan Figura said earlier, that field was never playable when we were Lizzy's age (12 yrs. old.) I am now 18 and have seen that field transform into something great! Lights would put the icing on the cake! By doing this, it could open field times for coaches, players and parents considering the busy schedules our lives lead us today... I have just completed my freshamn year at Robert Morris University where I received a scholarship to play softball. With that, I know what extra work is and staying after practice to get extra reps in, or going to the field late on a Friday night instead of going out with my friends. Those lights could of really helped me out when I was their age! I have the privilege to coach Lizzy and I am proud of it. She is one hard working girl and doesn't stop till she reaches her goal! The way I look at this is opportunity. These lights may give these girls an opportunity to have a chance at getting a scholarship like I did by staying later after practice just to take some extra groundballs when those lights are on. It could give them an opportunity to learn the game, make new friends, stay active and stay out of trouble!! I always remembered the best games to play in were always the night games.... This shouldn't be looked as a negative movement because the only things that can come from this are good things. Go Liz!
Anonymous Resident June 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I think it's a shame that you would say this about the residents. Say what you want, but I guarantee that if you were in the same situation of having this in your backyard, you'd be having issues with it as well. But, you don't have a field next to your home do you ? So, you'll safely say it wouldn't bother you. The major problem with lights/speakers going in is the additional playtime this field will say. History shows it will be a showcase field for many more practices, games and summer long tournaments. Residents will no longer be afforded a chance to quietly enjoy a summer evening in their backyards. They will be in competition with 5-6 nights/week of games and noise until 10:30PM the majority of the summer. I'm all for kids, I have children myself. But, I feel it is completely unfair that my rights to a quiet evening after a long day of work be infringed upon so some kids can play ball all day long and through the night. If they want some night games, let them have a designated night or 2 at Scott Park. It's unfair that Scott Park is designated a boys only field.
Concerned July 05, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I am some what concerned that the residents of Scott Township have been misinformed in some way. It was said on many occassions that this field was to give the girls the opportunity to have a field with lights to play on, like the boys do. This is what they deserved. We were also told that this field is ONLY to be used for softball. Unfortunately this is NOT the case. There have been many baseball practices on the municipal field lately, and as of today there is a baseball tournament being held here until Tuesday. We keep hearing, it's only fair for the girls to have lights, but now we see it will be used for the boys too. This field is very close to Chartiers Terrace. There is no guarentee that a Scott team or visiting team will not have a slugger that will hit one out of the field, damaging a neighboring car. I have been at the park many of nights where people don't park in certain sections for fear that a ball will hit there car. What should the residents do, move there cars for the weekend? It is one thing to play softball there, but a whole different ballgame when the boys start playing there. It does not matter how old they are. As residents of Scott, we want to truth of what the field is going to be used for.
Guest October 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM
A place in Joplin Mo has old used softball lights. You should check with them

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