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New trees, revamped play areas could transform Vargas Elementary, Mountain View's smallest public school campus

Original post made on Jan 16, 2023

After removing nine big pine trees from Vargas Elementary, there's now a wide-reaching plan to add dozens of trees and reimagine outdoor play areas to incorporate natural elements at the Mountain View Whisman district's newest school.

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Posted by bkengland
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jan 16, 2023 at 4:57 pm

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A schedule conflict prevented me from attending the meeting on behalf of GreenSpacesMV, unfortunately, but I'll note here that our organization continues to strongly support greening our local school campus (and other locations, for that matter) and related education programs provided by the District, Canopy, Living Classroom, and others. We firmly believe that a comprehensive education includes hands-on exposure to nature and biodiversity right where the kids study and spend much of their time. We look forward to seeing more information on this as the associated programs develop.

Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2023 at 5:26 pm

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If a school is being redesigned like this less than four years after opening, it begs the question of why it was designed like this in the first place, with so much "blacktop" and so few native trees.

Posted by FW
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jan 19, 2023 at 12:17 am

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Looking forward to bringing back some of the many trees which used to be in that field, before the school cleared 20+ of them. Can't help but notice that the old school next door, now the Google Day Care, has many, large, original trees. And they have children and parked cars, too. Wonder what Google staff know that the City or these contractors do not?

Posted by DonKeedick
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 25, 2023 at 8:46 pm

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Fantastic! Trees! What continues to amaze me is the amount of waste and poor planning that went into this campus. They had to open the school with a diesel generator for months because the school, which was being planned for years, couldn't get the right location to bring power to the school. They then put plastic grass on a lush green ground. They put a sign in the wrong spot (right next to a pole, mind you), which then required them to spend even more money to put up another sign. They then cut down 9 trees with a promise to replace them by fall '22. So much sadness

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