Letter From Loretta Gilmartin

The aquatic clubs have proposed an Olympic swim coliseum complex on Kiely – Central Park instead of a plan to renovate the aging George F. Haines ISC and leaking pools, an estimated cost of $10 million. Doubling the operating costs of the existing center, not to mention the drought that Santa Clara is doing little to conserve water in, and the unresolved parking accommodations makes this an inadequate proposal.

Central Park is a city (citizen) owned park paid for by bonds. The park serves the community for many more purposes 7 days/week. It took the city almost 6 years to trim the overgrown oleander hedges, recently, along the park’s east parking lot due to limited funds.

Unlike the business zoned parking lot for the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, it is proposed across the street from the Kiely-Kaiser 5-story, 847 apartment-home units under construction. Instead, consider Martin Avenue between Scott and Lafayette.