10,000 Trees Doesn’t Make Sense; Open the Parks Now

Dear Editor:
Gilroy National Forest? That’s what may become of the Santa
Teresa corridor if 10,000 trees are planted for the widening
project.
Dear Editor:

Gilroy National Forest? That’s what may become of the Santa Teresa corridor if 10,000 trees are planted for the widening project. As garden columnist for this newspaper for the past 21 years, I have to question how 10,000 trees will be planted along this two-mile stretch. At first I thought the 10,000 number had to be a typo, but The Dispatch repeated the number on several occasions. Then, I thought maybe they were counting every shrub, groundcover and flower, but even then I don’t see how 10,000 can fit. While I love trees, could you please clarify what this number is?

Also, remaining on the garden theme, can you please tell the city that it doesn’t have to wait forever to open up the new parks. The cyclone fence has been around Los Arroyos Park for two or three months already. A city spokesman maintained they wanted to let the grass get established, but we’re not talking about thousands of people immediately trampling this new park. I’m afraid the city will do the same thing with Sunrise Park, and we’ll have to wait until December before the fences come down. Please get these parks open. Take it from a garden expert, the grass can handle it.

Keith Muraoka, Gilroy

Editor’s Note: We’ve checked with the project manager,

Steve Beams , repeatedly. He’s sticking to his number, but has agreed to go over it one more time. We’ll let you know.

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