After reading the last few weeks of “Letters to the Editor” regarding the removal of a large number of trees at Palm Crest Elementary School, I felt inclined to write a letter to provide a resident’s perspective.
My family lives right across the street from PCR where the parking lot is slated to be expanded along with the removal of the grass hill and numerous trees alongside Palm Drive. We can see all the trees that are going to be removed from our front yard. Some of the trees are more than 100 years old.
My fear is our neighborhood will be negatively impacted permanently. Part of our town’s charm is our trees, which provide shade and beauty. The removal of these trees will change the look of our neighborhood forever. Along with the added concrete and loss of shade we also risk increasing the temperatures in our area and losing our neighborhood charm.
I have to believe there is a way to save the aesthetic feel of our neighborhood while modernizing the school. I understand the main issue is the need to increase the size of the driveway to make drop-off safer and up to code. This will result in the removal of all the trees and grass, adding a retaining wall.
Why can’t we make the driveway just for drop-off/pick-up and move the parking lot to the old district area or new parking lot being constructed off Jessen near the new construction?
La Cañada Flintridge