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Save Stoneleigh from Condemnation

The Lower Merion School District has indicated it may use eminent domain to take Stoneleigh: a natural garden to build a new school and/or playing fields. Perhaps best known for the iconic hare sculpture located near the intersection of Spring Mill and County Line Roads in Villanova, Stoneleigh was the beloved home of the Haas family. Following the deaths of John and Chara Haas—whose ashes are scattered on the property—in an extraordinary act of generosity the estate of John Haas donated all of Stoneleigh to Natural Lands in 2016. The donation had a singular purpose: to open Stoneleigh up to the general public, so that everyone could enjoy this natural treasure free of charge.  The Lower Merion School District has previously stated its interest in condemning a 6.9-acre portion of Stoneleigh: a natural garden, so that it can build new ball fields. On April 18, the district sent a letter to Natural Lands stating that it wants to inspect the rest of the 42-acre Stoneleigh garden “in anticipation of a potential condemnation of all or part of the property.”  Natural Lands has told the District that we will fight, vigorously, any attempt at a taking.  Unfortunately, saying “no” to the School District will not be enough. We need your help to send a clear message to the School District: should the Lower Merion School District take Stoneleigh, it would rob the residents of Lower Merion and the broader region of a one-of-a-kind community treasure. Please sign this petition: Tell the Lower Merion School Board and Superintendent Robert Copeland that Stoneleigh must remain preserved so that its beauty is available for all to enjoy forever, and that they should look elsewhere for a location for a school and playing fields. Visit and to learn more.    

Kirsten Werner
38,071 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Tom Armelino, Kim Niemer, Rhonda Hull, Laura Manuel, Diane Gerard, Elizabeth "Buffy" Tanner, Kathy Barry, Steve MacFarland, Denny Mills, Brent Weaver, Kristen Schreder, Francie Sullivan, Adam McElvain, Julie Winter, David Kehoe

Education and Government Leaders: Seek public input before demolishing Magnolia Park

Magnolia Park is the public park visible from Placer Street behind Schreder Planetarium in the Magnolia Neighborhood of west Redding. It is a well maintained, grassy park and is used often by families and children for play and recreation, sports teams for practices, and school groups for celebratory events. It is the only public park and playground located within walking distance of most residences in the densely populated neighborhood. Recently, without making efforts to inform the general public or users of the park, the governing board of the Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) quietly voted to the demolish the park and in its place build a new 4,224 sq.ft. Medical Therapy Unit and parking lot. The only people SCOE notified about the project were the six or seven Orange Avenue owners whose properties directly face the park. Construction plans have already been drawn and construction is proposed to begin in March, 2017. It is unacceptable for a public, taxpayer-funded entity to approve a project with such significant long-term impact to the neighborhood without first having actively informed the public about the project and its potential impacts, sought feedback, and openly discussed potential alternatives. By signing below, I ask SCOE to reconsider its decision to demolish Magnolia Park until it provides adequate opportunity for public comment on the project, documents its assessment of potential alternative project sites, and demonstrates that the loss of the park is not a significant negative impact on the City and its residents.

Citizens for Magnolia Park
789 supporters