SAVE KELLEY PARK!

  • by: Friends of Kelley Park
  • recipient: City of Gaithersburg Council, Montogomery County Board of Eduction, Montgomery County Council and County Executive, Parents, Neighbors and School Children, Gaithersburg, MD

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Join with us to tell

the Gaithersburg City Council,
the Montgomery County Board of Education,
Council and County Executive
that we want to keep our park & ballfields
at Kelley Park

Because:

• Kelley Park, built with State and Gaithersburg City funds, is the only multi-use park east of 355;
People from across the region come and use the ball and soccer fields; volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts; children's play equipment; as well as enjoy the opportunity to commune with nature and meet new friends;
• The Park is the home of diverse plants and animals, is a protected wetland and flood plain, and contains a stream that leads to the Chesapeake Bay;
Affected neighborhood communities were NOT involved in the site selection committee for the proposed school, which if built, will negatively affect homeowners' and park users' quality of life, and will decrease property values;
Building the proposed school would cause surrounding neighborhoods to be "book-ended" by a second school that their children cannot may not be able to attend unless the MCPS agrees to change the current boundaries to include the neighborhoods surrounding Kelley Park [clarified May 27, 2018];
• Since the Victory Farm corridor area is already congested, has grossly inadequate parking and sits between two large middle schools, the addition of several hundred more vehicles per day —parents, teachers and busses— will make an already dangerous situation worse;
NO traffic or environmental impact studies were conducted prior to site selection;
• The Board of Education will NOT conduct a boundary study that will determine whether children in the surrounding neighborhoods will be allowed to attend the proposed school until 18 months before the opening of the proposed school and after construction is already underway;
• The Board of Education currently has insufficient funds to build the school.

We ask:


1. That the Gaithersburg City Council  REJECT the Board of Education proposal.


2. That the Board of Education involve surrounding neighborhoods and RECONSIDER other potential sites.


3. That the Montgomery County Council and County Executive WITHHOLD discussion of funding until all preliminary options have been re-visited and the required traffic, environmental impact, and boundary studies have been completed.

Friends of Kelley Park

Follow us at   #SaveKelleyPark   or    #NoSchoolAtKelleyPark

Like, Follow and Share at Facebook.com/SaveKelleyPark

Update #35 months ago
In combination with the paper petitions we are almost at 1,700 signatures!!!!

Tomorrow the City Manager will present his recommendations on moving forward with negotiations with the Montgomery County Public Schools regarding the siting of the new elementary school. Please SHOW YOUR SUPPORT. Turn out in person (wearing green) at City Hall at 7:00 p.m to tell the Council that you want to SAVE KELLEY PARK.

It promises to be crowded-get there early and bring a 8 1/2" x ll" sign.

SAVE KELLEY PARK!
Update #25 months ago
* We've added a video "See Kelley Park" and hashtags so that you can follow us.
* We also clarified the 5th bullet about attendance which was confusing to some.
• Building the proposed school would cause surrounding neighborhoods to be “book-ended” by a second school that their children may not be able to attend unless the MCPS agrees to change the current boundaries to include the neighborhoods surrounding Kelley Park. [clarification May 27, 2018]
*We appreciate your support. Thank You!
Update #15 months ago
The City Council met on May 21st. Many people spoke. Watch at https://gaithersburgmd.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=5556.

We need YOU to write to the City Council at cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov and tell them why YOU want to SAVE KELLEY PARK!!!! On June 4th, the Council will hear recommendations from the City Manager and either direct him to begin negotiations for the school or not. YOUR OPINION COUNTS! HELP US!

YOUR OPINION COUNTS!!!!!



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