Light fixtures removed at Glendale's Deukmejian Wilderness Park

Glendale Public Works workers removed the light fixtures from the light posts in preparation for high winds at Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Officials are worried the heavy fixtures could fall in the heavy winds. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / March 11, 2014)

High winds that whip through Deukmejioan Wilderness Park in north Glendale have been known to knock down heavy light fixtures, a public safety concern city officials are trying to avoid by removing the lamps altogether.

Maintenance workers started removing the 75 light fixtures and 55 50-pound light poleslast week. They expect to complete the task this week, said city spokesman Tom Lorenz, adding that the lamp designs catch the wind.

The 18-foot tall fixtures, which were installed in 2003, may be substituted with new lighting after officials analyze replacement alternatives, Lorenz said.

-- Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com

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