Friends of Lakeview seek lighting for running, bike path

About two years ago the organization called Friends of Lakeview noticed a big problem. The running and biking path between Veterans Blvd. and Robert E. Lee Blvd. was being used frequently in the evening, but because of the growing trees it was dangerously dark at night.

Al Petrie, of the FOL explained "You can drive out here at any time of the day and night and you'll see runners and walkers and bikers so that's why we wanted to do something just to add another layer of safety to it."

Petrie says that's when they began the "Lighting the way" fundraiser, and after two years of persistence, they have been able to raise $160,000 towards the goal of $250,000.

"But it's almost a million dollar project. We applied for a federal grant. Hopefully we will get it but we haven't gotten the final word yet we would have to come up with 20 percent of that" said Pertrie.

The plan is to install 125 lights from Veterans to Robert E Lee. One of the ways that the FOL hopes to accomplish this is by allowing residents to adopt their own light.

Petrie explained "We thought that it would be nice if people would be able to have remembrances. They can have a plaque put on these lights that says 'In memory of, or in recognition of and be able to do that"

At $1,500 a light, the non- profit has sold 40 lights so far. If they successfully get the federal grant and raise the $250,000, Petrie says they'll be able to start planting lights by the end of 2015.

"It's taking time to get there but it will be well worth the wait" said Petrie.

If you would like more information about the Light the way project or how to apply to adopt a light visit


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