Lights in Lafreniere? Soccer club aims to illuminate Metairie park’s fields

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In the winter when the sunlight fades at 5:30 p.m., the soccer fields at Lafreniere Park become unusable, a problem that the largest soccer association in the New Orleans area is seeking to solve. With the number of players in the region steadily climbing, the Louisiana Fire Soccer Club, which hosts teams for 2,800 young players, is seeking to raise money to install lights on four fields at Lafreniere Park and in the process ease overcrowding of teams on illuminated fields elsewhere.

How nearby homeowners will react is not known. “When we put new lights up, we always have the problems with the people who are neighbors,” said Barry McGuiness, east bank administration for the Jefferson Parish Recreation Department. “We want to be good neighbors with them and not intrude on their private life.”

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