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Save the Grass Field at Mission Hill Jr. High

The PLASTIC TURF project at Mission Hill Jr. High School, with a four-lane perimeter athletic track, has been delayed for at least six months, pending resolution of legal action brought by the Mission Hill Neighbors and Parents Association (MHNPA). This project involves the removal of 1' of earth site-wide in a sensitive archeological area (the historic Mission District - see Archeologist's report (.pdf)), and the installation of site-wide plastic turf and track over ground used car tires (mixed with sand), at the cost of $1 MILLION.

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! Please contact the school board concerning how you feel about this project. It is imperative that opponents of this plan immediately contact, preferably by phone, the six school board members who will decide the issue of whether to proceed in the next few months with defending the action brought by MHNPA or settle.

Mission Hill Neighbors and Parents Association
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE THE GRASS FIELD AT MISSION HILL Jr. HIGH

The PLASTIC TURF project at Mission Hill Jr. High School, with a four-lane perimeter athletic track, has been delayed for at least six months, pending resolution of legal action brought by the Mission Hill Neighbors and Parents Association (MHNPA). This project involves the removal of 1' of earth site-wide in a sensitive archeological area (the historic Mission District - see Archeologist's report), and the installation of site-wide plastic turf and track over ground used car tires (mixed with sand), at the cost of $1 MILLION.

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! Please contact the school board concerning how you feel about this project. It is imperative that opponents of this plan immediately contact, preferably by phone, the six school board members who will decide the issue of whether to proceed in the next few months with
defending the action brought by MHNPA or settle.

See board phone numbers www.savegrass.org

Our settlement request is to abandon fake grass, but proceed with the four-lane athletic track, which we have learned will not involve tree removal. School board members are meeting in closed session on August 11, 2004 to discuss our settlement offer. Please contact school board members before AUGUST 11th to oppose any future installation of fake grass and demand immediate settlement of the legal action.

Opponents of the project cringe at the $1 million price tag and its $400K refurbishment cost within ten years and feel cheaper alternatives to synthetic grass are available, including installation of new moisture-indicated sprinklers and drainage correction.

The proposed fake grass project will worsen local traffic because of the district's plans to expand use of the field to vendors, while prohibiting parking on site. The possibility of future installation of lights for night playing also must be considered. Proponents of a synthetic turf field cite the continuous playability of such systems, the reduction of winter mud problems, and the elimination of wear and tear in the short term. (See sales pitch of DES architects on proclaimed "advantages" of synthetic turf systems. www.savegrass.org )

Further, community members fear closure of the field to non-paying users during non-school hours, thus severely limiting casual use of the field and basketball courts to the community during weekends, holidays, and early evenings.


Action Needed:

Call (preferably) school board members to voice your opposition to this expensive boondoggle and demand immediate settlement of the legal complaint to avoid needless legal expenses by both parties.

Felix Robles: felixrobles (at) sbcglobal.net or 479-6516

Cece Pinheiro: cece (at) sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us or 465-8327

Thad Nodine: tnodine (at) sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us or 458-0481

Tim Willis (has voted against synthetic grass at Mission Hill): anzart (at) aol.com or 426-6468

John Collins: jcollins (at) sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us or 475-1708

Mick Routh: qwakwak (at) aol.com or 476-5402

We need your financial support to fund our legal expenses in filing the complaint and beyond. Make checks payable to “Mission Hill Neighbors and Parents Association.? Deliver or mail to a member listed below. Spread the word! Contact us with your suggestions and abilities! We appreciate any help offered. Bond money should be used to refurbish the existing natural turf field, not destroy it. Let’s work together to get a clean and safe grass field!

Keith Muscutt, Treasurer, postmaster (at) chachapoyas.com, P.O. Box 1609, Santa Cruz, 95061-1609

Tutti Hacking, Co-chair, bentutti (at) pacbell.net, 831-458-3199, 316 King Street , Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Mary Odegaard, Co-chair, 831-423-3067, 320 King Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
 
 


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Archeologist's report from Edna Kimbro

Sunday, May 16, 2004
1:30 p.m.

Hi, this is Edna Kimbro returning your two calls. I haven’t been listening to my answering machine apparently. At any rate, I’d be happy to help you.

Mission Hill Junior High is in an area that was part of the larger mission complex. And over in that vicinity was the mission tannery and the mission tanning vats, and a little down from it was the mission grist mill, and a little up from it was the mission limestone quarry. So, it’s right in that area of mission activities. Now, what exactly lies there or was there, we don’t know, but it’s in an area of sensitivity and high likelihood that there would be mission-period resources found underground in that area. We know there were tile kilns kind of in that direction, maybe not right there, but very near there. And we know that there may have been lime kilns – we don’t know exactly where they were, but they were in that general vicinity.

Now Caltrans, when they were proposing to widen Highway 1, they did a rather big study and they might have some more specific knowledge although I don’t think that their study was any more in-depth than the ones that I’ve been a part of. So, it’s a question of suspecting and realizing that there’s really high potential for some surface remains in that area.

OK? Bye.
 

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