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With poll Some residents along Evanston's lakefront are complaining about new lights installed this year as part of an upgrade to pathways through the waterfront parks.

With poll Some residents along Evanston's lakefront are complaining about new lights installed this year as part of an upgrade to pathways through the waterfront parks.

In a newsletter, the Southeast Evanston Association complains that the new lights create a "curtain of light" along the lakefront and argues that the lighting violates provisions of the lakefront master plan.

The group also asks why lights are kept on all night, when the park officially closes at 11 p.m.

Top: A long-exposure photo captures a couple walking through Dawes Park about 10 p.m. Monday. Above: A cyclist rides down the path illuminated by the new lights.

City staff responsible for the new path design and the lighting say the brighter lights make it easier for police to monitor activity in the park overnight.

They've also noted that the design of the lights — which have been used in other recent park renovation projects across the city — promote the "dark sky" concept by aiming all the light down toward the ground.

What do you think?

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