Originally Posted by wierdaaron
^Your quote answers your question. They're lamp posts. Trees will hide them. It's a big open play area, open to the public until 10pm. It's gotta be lit. Angling them to hide among the trees is better than doing nothing.
They looked larger (in diameter) than necessary to be solely lamp posts. (Edit - The photo attached to the quoted post does have lights attached to it, but there are so many of these across the park that it wasn't immediately clear that each one serves the same purpose.) "Angling them to hide among trees" (that won't be able to hide them for a long while) is not
better than doing nothing. Doing nothing would mean simply having ordinary vertical, slender lamp posts that, according to pythagoras, would also be shorter, and would require fewer trees for camouflage.
It's possible a larger quantity of normal lampposts would be needed, but there is little downside to that, as they would be largely unnoticed, particularly during daylight.