Electricity reaches the courts via underground wiring, and an electrician's analysis concluded this system was likely damaged.
"The infrastructure's very old, the wires are very old...and they've just broken in areas," Lanahan said.
The lights have remained off to avoid doing further damage to the system.
The lights are normally turned on near the end of May, and stay on until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 on the weekends, generally staying on through Halloween. The courts sees a fair amount of night use, said Lanahan, especially later in the season when there are fewer hours of daylight.
"We have between 800 and 1,000 users over the course of the season," she said, emphasizing that to be a rough estimate.
Councilwoman Joann Dawson after the vote suggested the town reexamine supplying nighttime lighting to the park's volleyball courts.""