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The community effort to 'Save Donlon Field'

Original post made on May 6, 2022

Donlon Elementary parents recently held a rally to appeal to PUSD and raise awareness among the community about their desire to retain all of the large green space at the campus that is being considered as an option for future housing.

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Posted by Patriots
a resident of Birdland
on May 6, 2022 at 10:47 am

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When new housing is proposed, I always wonder where is the water coming from ? Now the field is at least getting recycled water to stay green. But new growth will end that.


Posted by john s
a resident of Val Vista
on May 6, 2022 at 2:25 pm

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Ironically, Jack Balch one of the city officials, said the field has not and cannot be watered with recycled (effluent, purple water ) because the system is already at 100 % capacity. Which is a byproduct of fresh water which Jack and other officials must believe we have plenty of to build more housing . Yes Its very confusing to try and understand his comment.Not enough recycled water but plenty of fresh water ?


Posted by Jarred
a resident of Val Vista
on May 7, 2022 at 7:07 am

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It is not Donlon Elementary's responsibility to ensure safety of our children during the school day while on school grounds?
Do the 8 other PUSD elementary schools rely on parent volunteers in order for their children to play or do PE with staff supervision on their school ground's green space? Donlon students have not done a single PE class on grass in years. Why?
What parents have asked for the whole field? I thought the ask of the "Save Donlon Field" event was 4 acres secured within a fence line for the students so it would finally be safe for them to use, and the bordering 4 acres to be made into green space for the community (like Vintage Hills, Mohr, Walnut Grove, Valley View, Hearst and Fairlands Elementary schools). Val Vista park is mostly unusable green space for the community (3 soccer fields fenced and locked only for soccer teams, concrete skatepark/rink, fenced/locked garden, 2 water play areas that have been off for the majority of the past decade.
The petition to fence in 4 acres for the Donlon student's health and save 4 acres for the community's health has already reached 1,100 signatures:
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Posted by Liz
a resident of Avila
on May 9, 2022 at 9:46 am

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"So my question to the parents who want the entire field is, what are you doing to ensure (safety)? It doesn't seem that they're stepping up so their children can use the field during the day," Gannon said."
Hold up now. Is the SCHOOL district placing the responsibility of student safety on the parents during SCHOOL hours on SCHOOL grounds? This is a poor excuse to not expand the field.
The Donlon community is NOT asking for the entire field. We are asking for 4 acres for the students and 4 acres for Parks and Rec - space that can be enjoyed by the entire community. Gannon is trying to create a distraction and portray parents as greedy and uninvolved.


Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 9, 2022 at 11:55 am

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To be fair, Gannon is the mouthpiece for the the district leadership. These are the plans of leadership (putting Donlon’s “excess” space on the selling block is one of several). The school board needs to ask tougher questions, and they should be listening to the community, not just leadership.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 9, 2022 at 7:01 pm

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PUSD conducted a survey about four weeks ago. Those results should be available in about ten days. That survey asked questions for approval or disapproval of teachers, and staff. Asked about upgrade of existing structures, and a new small high school. Again, the survey asked for approval or disapproval for another bond measure. PUSD will be conducting another survey before end of May.


Posted by Jarred
a resident of Val Vista
on May 9, 2022 at 9:01 pm

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The City should be watching PUSD and this issue closely too.

With elections and school bonds on the ballot come November, it is really bad timing not to listen to over 1,100 people.

Specifically, the City should take over the maintenance of any green space outside of the field fenced in for the Donlon Students, if the 5.5 Acres on the Environmental Impact Review does not go through the vote towards the end of the year.

The Val Vista and Donlon Communities have the numbers to affect voting results. And the community is fired up about Donlon Field and lies PUSD is telling.

If PUSD and the City fix the mistakes made about Donlon Field, they will have an easier time for their "asks" in the Fall.


Posted by Ashwin
a resident of Val Vista
on May 10, 2022 at 7:48 pm

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Hold up PUSD! Why is it parents' responsibility to "volunteer" to be a campus supervisor? Aren't those paid positions? And why is it the onus of the parents to ensure that their kids can play on a school field during school hours?

All the parents and residents have asked for is to give the children half the field (approx 4 acres) since it is the largest, most impacted elementary school in PUSD. They do not want housing encroaching their kids' privacy and so they're asking that the rest of the field remain green space maintained by the City. How did this reasonable demand turn into parents' dereliction of duty?


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