Save Sharon Park
  • Petitioned The City of Menlo Park
  • Responded

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Save Sharon Park

    1. Marie Klein Summers
    2. Petition by

      Marie Klein Summers

      West Menlo Park, CA

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September 2012

Victory

From KOPOS: "As of September 12, 2012, Sharon Park was removed from consideration from this particular development. Our open space has been protected for all to enjoy for now. This does not mean that someone in the near or far future cannot propose development there. We plan to continue to work to ensure that this decision is permanent and irrevocable for this park and for as many parks in Menlo Park as our community decides to support. This petition is now successfully closed, but should there be a future risk to Sharon Park, or any parks within Menlo Park, we want to be able to contact you if we re-open this petition or start a new one in the future. Please continue with us in this effort by signing up at www.KeepOurParks.Org and click on the link that says "REGISTER" You can also keep posted about Sharon Park by joining www.facebook.com/SaveSharonDuckPondPark Thank you for your support! Marie Klein and The KOPOS Team Keep Our Parks and Open Spaces"

The City of Menlo Park’s Housing Element Steering Committee has proposed to convert the two acres of wooded open space on the west end of Sharon Park to 60 high‐density housing units. The open space, which is home to hawks and heritage trees, offers the public a vista to the Western hills, unobstructed by urban development.

Why is this being proposed? To avoid further litigation on its non‐compliance with State laws on affordable housing, the City has agreed to develop a plan by October 31, 2012, for adding 900‐1,000 new units of affordable housing. One of the 14 potential sites identified by the City’s Housing Element Steering Committee is a public park: Sharon Park.

What is the problem? We support the development of affordable housing in Menlo Park. But we do not believe that affordable housing has to be at the expense of our public parks and open spaces. In its hurry, the City should not take the short cut of giving up a public resource of current and future generations. Menlo Park can and should do better.

Children play and explore here. Many come to relax and enjoy the view. Residents walk their dogs. Local schools enjoy using the park for performances and get-togethers. Joggers come to enjoy the trail. Countless birds, lizards, insects, and other wildlife call the park home. This is our park. This is your park. Please join us in signing our petition to keep this space open and green. If not for you and me, but for our children and grandchildren. So they can come and play. So they can walk their dogs or explore the trail. Once it's gone, it's gone forever.

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    1. PLEASE READ IF YOU ARE HERE AFTER THE PETITION CLOSED

      Marie Klein Summers
      Petition Organizer

      As of September 12, 2012, Sharon Park was removed from consideration from this particular development. Our open space has been protected for all to enjoy. We plan to continue to work to ensure that this decision is permanent and irrevocable for this park and for as many parks in Menlo Park as our community decides to support.

      This petition is now successfully closed, but should there be a future risk to Sharon Park, or any parks within Menlo Park, we want to be able to contact you if we re-open this petition or start a new one in the future.

      Please continue with us in this effort by signing up at www.KeepOurParks.Org and click on the link that says "Register here."

      You can also keep posted on Sharon Park by joining www.facebook.com/SaveSharonDuckPondPark

      Thank you for your support!

      The KOPOS Team
      Keep Our Parks and Open Spaces

    2. Decision-maker The City of Menlo Park responds:

      The City of Menlo Park

      Thank you for your comments, and we acknowledge your concerns. The Menlo Park Housing Element Steering Committee tonight eliminated the Sharon Park site (#1) from the list of potential housing sites upon the recommendation of our City Att...


    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Decision-maker The City of Menlo Park responds:

      The City of Menlo Park

      save sharon park - the pond - the trees -
      the open space to breath and grow


    5. Reached 1,400 signatures
    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Decision-maker The City of Menlo Park responds:

      The City of Menlo Park

      I support development of affordable housing in Menlo Park but I can not understand why it should be at the expense of erasing the established park to make room for it. There are vacant lands along El Camino Road, Middlefield Road and east...


    8. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sophia Longo MENLO PARK, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because it is one of the few places that people have to enjoy the open space and the eloquent scenery. If all these parks start to be taken over by housing it adds up and there will be no parks left. Also it will effect the eco system and all the wild life that inhabits the park. It is completely wrong to to this.

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    • sharon park MORGAN HILL, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I had my 16th birthday party there due to naming! I also bought my first car from a man who lived in Sharon Heights. Save this gorgeous little park!

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    • Robert Beckstrom MENLO PARK, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Not enough parks or open space in Menlo Park now!!!!

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    • Karen Melamed CARDIFF BY THE SEA, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      My grandparents and parents were born and raised here. I remember playing here as a child. Natural, open spaces add value in many many ways.

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    • Catie Bailard ATHERTON, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Such a beautiful place with so many great memories. I do not want future generations to miss out on that.

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