Mayor and Council Members of City of San Jose: Stop Privatization of a local public park to benefit a private high school

Target
Mayor and Council Members of City of San Jose
Petition Goal
Stop Privatization of a local public park to benefit a private high school
Start date
July 13, 2013
End date
July 14, 2015
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Stop Privatization of a local public park to benefit a private high school

Greetings,

I am writing to voice my objection to the San Jose Parks and Recreation Department's proposal to completely change the nature of John Mise Park through a so called “renovation” project. It is not progress to replace the heart of this park and much of it’s open space with unhealthy artificial turf and parking. This popular neighborhood park attracts many local residents everyday as it is one of the only open green spaces in this urban area. This decision will have a devastatingly negative impact on the residents of the area and negatively impact property values and city revenues from property taxes. Green spaces are rapidly disappearing the world over, and once a green site has been developed, it is difficult to recover it, especially in urban areas.
Over 200 neighborhood resident already spoke up during the public hearing on October 26, 2011 at Archbishop Mitty High School that they are not in favor of the “renovation.” The mayor and the council members of San Jose, and members of San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission should respect the wishes of the people instead of “renovating” this public park for the benefit a private high school by turning a large open grassy field into artificial turf and additional parking. The plan grants Archbishop Mitty High School priority use of the proposed sports facility and additional parking.
I urge the City of San Jose and the San Jose Parks and Recreation Department to remove John Mise Park as a potential site for any kind of development or significant renovation, and appeal to you to preserve this area and protect this open, grassy public park for the benefit of local residents and the City of San Jose.

Sincerely,