The Redwood trees create a natural border line down the backside of Fairmeadow campus, creating a border around the play field, and separating Fairmeadow from JLS land and Mitchell Park.
Technically, there is more available land behind the Redwood trees, and the the school board has approved the installation of up to six portables back there.
Where there are portables, there are kids. (up to 120 more kids at Fairmeadow!) And kids need to be supervised, and they need appropriate play space.
But because of the row of trees, there is no line of sight from the administration/main fields back behind the trees. And the space is not play space.
But when you look at how they've drawn the campus on their facilities plan drawings - they show that all as open space - as if the portables are on play space, they show no trees there.
But it is NOT plays space, its a virtual Redwood forest.
So is PAUSD quietly planning to cut down 20+ 50 year old Redwood trees or are they making ill considered decisions for the appropriate use of that space?
If they put the portables in there, how will they protect the trees? And make enough space for 120 more kids?
Tree lovers and parents in Palo Alto want to know.
If you want to know - please write to the Palo Alto Board of Education.
By the way, if you live on East Meadow or surrounding area, you might also want to ask the district about their plans (or lack thereof) for traffic mitigation in this busy area once they add 120 kids to Fairmeadow.