District revises plan for Oak Knoll School
Original post made on Aug 25, 2007
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on Aug 25, 2007 at 8:53 am
They should put the new MPR on the back side where the basketball courts are, otherwise they destroy the cherised playground and the magnificent spreading oak tree where they want to put in a huge parking lot. They could excavate 6-10 feet down (like a lot of gyms/ theatres), and with the 3 foot grade difference below Vine, the MPR would top out at only about 20 feet, less obtrusive. Put more parking on the Vine easement strip, the Vine residents use it for their own private cars anyway, so share it. The proposed MPR location will block the immediate neighbors winter sun. Less impact if the MPR goes on the back side. Traffic is horrendous on Oak, it's idiotic to have an access from Oak, so not only safety is a concern, but the early morning food delivery and garbage trucks, plus evening events will make it so noisy for the neighbors. The board needs to step back and really think this through. There is a better way to meet the district's and the community's needs for this campus. The taxpayers deserve a better planning process.
on Aug 28, 2007 at 10:50 pm
This would have been the appropriate time to design in a way to house an onsite after school program. All the other neighboring communities have this, but not Menlo Park. It's an insult to the many parents that voiced the need with plenty of advance notice. The district just doesn't respect the need for this important aspect of life in Menlo Park.
on Aug 29, 2007 at 7:32 am
Apparently Marjorie Mader missed the fact that the largest Oak is destined for the chain saw so they can put up a parking lot.
Maybe she should go over to Oak Knoll at lunch/recess today and observe how many kids will suffer when this beautiful oak shaded playground that has thrilled generations of Menlo Park kids will be lost forever. AS if she cares?