Keep The Green In Greenacres

    To: Scarsdale Board of Education and Greenacres Building Committee

    I have reviewed the proposed plans for the Greenacres School presented by KG&D at the April 20, 2015 Scarsdale School Board Meeting. As a resident of Greenacres, I URGE the Board and Building Committee to eliminate "Option C,” which involves demolishing the existing historic Greenacres School and destroying the Greenacres Field - the heart and soul of our community. The Greenacres Field, which defines our neighborhood, functions as a village green in the most traditional sense; the field is our “town center,” a beautiful, open green space that is filled with residents of our neighborhood weekdays and weekends; a place where toddlers, teens, parents and caregivers all meet and congregate. I strongly object to pursuing "Option C” because this plan would: • Eliminate the only large contiguous green space in Greenacres, making our neighborhood the ONLY neighborhood in Scarsdale without a large open field; • Significantly reduce the overall green space in our already densely built neighborhood; • Eliminate the black top (built with funds donated by Greenacres residents) that serves as a gathering point for the entire neighborhood, where children learn to ride their bicycles and teens play basketball; • Significantly reduce the playground space for our youngest students and children. "Option C” would eliminate a separate playground and blacktop like the one currently used by K and 1st grade classes behind the existing school; • Negatively impact community celebrations (such as the Annual Fourth of July celebration, Back to School Picnic and Greenacres Carnival); • Ruin the aesthetic of our neighborhood by creating a High School- sized gym and two large parking lots. Beyond altering the very character of our neighborhood via the destruction of the Greenacres Field, such a plan would also fail to solve the “Huntington Avenue problem,” as children would still need to cross the street to reach a playing field. Moreover, the inclusion of a large High School-sized gym to serve “the entire Scarsdale community” would massively increase the traffic flow in our otherwise quiet streets. As a member of this neighborhood, I am dedicated to improving our school and community. However, I am convinced that the demolition of the Greenacres School and resulting destruction of the Field is not the best solution. I forcefully urge the Board and Committee to focus on alternatives based on renovating, updating, and/or expanding the existing school. These approaches will be far less disruptive and damaging to the neighborhood and allow Greenacres to remain a vibrant community for the next 100 years.

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