Posted by Bill, a resident of the Atherton: West of Alameda neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2012 at 11:45 am
I disagree with Ms. Isenberg: You can not save a park by turning over its open space with 13,000 square foot county library building and its parking requirements.
As word has spread of the plan by three members of the council to put a county library in the park, others have organized to inform the public of what is really at stake.
A web site Web Link has the facts.
Ms. Isenberg writes that the new library will not "Encoach on any existing green space..." However it will take over the open space of the hardscape and patio around the main house which will be removed.
We have been told that library funds can only be used for library purposes, yet Ms. Isenberg's letter proposes to use library funds for the Art Committee, Historical Society, meeting rooms, and adjencent park maintenance. Why can't we just use the funds for the Art Committee, Historical Society, and meeting rooms without building a new library?
Menlo Park has a library that is not used to capacity. There is no need to build a White Elephant in Atherton's only park and remove a wonderful main house and the large open space patio next to it.
Simply improve the current library and use the funds to work with Atherton's schools.
If Atherton votes to turn over its park land to a county library, it will not "save the park"---part of the park will be gone forever.