Vail Daily letter: Protect the night |

Vail Daily letter: Protect the night

The other night I went out on our deck overlooking Booth Creek Park. It was so dark I saw nothing. Nothing, but the stars and the evergreens and mountains hulking against the sky. This is how dark Booth Creek Park should remain after Vail’s redesign and redevelopment of the 3-acre parcel is completed next fall. It’s a terrible idea to illuminate the tennis court and just as bad an idea to light, even dimly, the expanded parking area, or playground, or pathways or new public restroom; studies repeatedly show that dark places are safer than many artificially lit ones, and artificial lighting, no matter how low, degrades our relationship to the natural night sky. Protect our night vision. Let there be dark.

Dyana Z. Furmansky

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