In a letter dated April 23, 2014, from the Los Altos City Council to the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, the city council offered the possibility of eliminating Los Altos public parks in favor of a new school site. The parks suggested by the City of Los Altos are McKenzie Park (707 Fremont Avenue) and Rosita Park (401 Rosita Avenue). This issue is on-going and is not resolved.
Update (September 8, 2014): The Los Altos City Council will discuss at this Tuesday’s City Council meeting rescinding their offer to re-purpose parkland for a school site. Please come to the meeting and wear GREEN to show support for our parks!! Here are meeting and agenda details:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 – 7:00 P.M.
City Council Chamber, Los Altos City Hall
One North San Antonio Road, Los Altos, California
6. Joint City of Los Altos/ Los Altos School District subcommittee (M. Satterlee and J. Bruins)
A. Disband the joint City of Los Altos/Los Altos School District subcommittee
B. Request the Los Altos School District direct their facilities master plan committee to consider all alternatives to address school
enrollment growth, with the exception of any use of Los Altos City parks
C. Affirm that based on community input that the Los Altos City Council will not engage in any further discussion regarding the use of City park and recreation facilities to solve enrollment growth
The complete agenda can be found here.
Update (August 27, 2014): The Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) is an organization whose members can lay claim to almost 35 years of service on the Los Altos City Council and Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. This week, FOLA published a page on their website in support of Los Altos Parks.
Update (August 27, 2014): Check out two new articles in the Los Altos Town Crier related to our parks in the News section.
Update (August 9, 2014): While the addition of language to the upcoming Bond Measure stating that the funds raised from the bond will not be used to convert city-owned land at McKenzie and Rosita into school sites is a promising first step in preserving our parks, this only protects them as far as bond money goes. We must continue to urge our public officials to remove our parks from all future school site considerations. Numerous members of the community and organizations have written to both the Los Altos City Council and LASD Board to continue this push to save our parks. We have added a page named Letters of Support to post some of these letters.
Update (August 5, 2014): The LASD Board agreed to add language to the Bond Measure in November 2014 that specifically ‘protects’ McKenzie and Rosita Parks. We absolutely support this move, and support passing of a Bond that will enable the community to maximize the likelihood of securing a location for a new school that doesn’t compromise our cherished urban green space. We thank the entire community for their vociferous support of this important issue. Read about the move on the San Jose Mercury News today.
Update (July 30, 2014): LASD gave notice that they have cancelled discussions with the City of Los Altos about public lands “until it undertakes a thorough process of gathering public input on the issue of how best to solve its enrollment growth problem.”
We must all be part of that public input!
Update (July 29, 2014): The Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club voted unanimously last night to support our cause and write to the LACC and LASD board in support of our parks.
The Club’s policies are supportive of balanced increases in development densities within the built environment near transit. We are also aware that new development is often planned without due regard for the impacts to our school infrastructure – but we are firm in our belief that these planning deficiencies should not be cured at the expense of parkland.
We delivered this Letter from the Sierra Club to LASD in the meeting on Wednesday July 30th.
Our parks must be protected. A precedent of converting Los Altos parks to schools must not be set. Help us protect the Parks of Los Altos
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