Sports Facilities Lighting at La Quinta High School Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Garden Grove Unified School District
Document Title
Sports Facilities Lighting at La Quinta High School Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Public/Semi-Public Facilities (Land Use), P/SP (Public/Semi-Public) (Zoning)
Document Description
The Garden Grove Unified School District plans to light the tennis courts, and football/track, baseball, softball, and soccer fields at La Quinta High School by installing 38 light poles. The proposed lighting improvements are prompted by the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 328, which requires high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Instituting a later start time is expected to reduce the negative impacts of sleep deprivation on adolescents and give them multiple, safety, and learning benefits. However, with the later start time, schools will also end later, which will affect sports activities unless the athletic fields and courts are lighted for evening use. The proposed sports lighting project would allow extended use of the listed athletic facilities into evening hours for the benefit of existing students. No additional student sports programs would be added that could increase participants or spectators. The proposed project would require limited demolition of hardscape and softscape to install lighting poles at the existing sports facilities. No structural demolition would be required. The lighting has been designed to meet the California Interscholastic Federation field lighting recommendations for competitive events. Sports lighting would consist of concrete bases with galvanized steel poles between 50 and 90 feet tall, with LED luminaires mounted at heights ranging from 16 feet to 80 feet. Construction of the sports lights is anticipated to take five months and is scheduled to start on March 1, 2023, and finish by August 30, 2023. As with the existing conditions, the newly lit athletic facilities would be available for use by community groups after school hours when the facilities are not in use by students and during weekends, as provided by the District’s use policy under the Civic Center Act.

Contact Information

Kevin Heerschap
Agency Name
Garden Grove Unified School District
Job Title
Assistant Director, Facilities Department
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Southern California
Cross Streets
West McFadden and Ward Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
108-711-01, 108-701-01
State Highways
SR 39, SR-22, I-405
Anthony Elementary School, Thomas Paine Elementary School,
Santa Ana River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Education, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of General Services (DGS), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, Department of Toxic Substances Control
State Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Development Types
Educational (38 light poles)
Local Actions
School Improvement
Project Issues
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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