About Us

Save Sunnyvale Parks and Schools, Inc. is an alliance of Santa Clara County Residents dedicated to keeping our parks and facilities open for the public. We want an organized, not piece-meal, vision of the long term future of the City of Sunnyvale, and we want that future to include as many Public Parks, Open Spaces and the highest level of Public Education possible. Check out our Board of Directors.

We are simply a group of neighbors who have joined together to help protect
Sunnyvale’s Parks and Schools

Our Goals

  • We seek to stop the privatization and sale of public parks, buildings and properties.
  • We seek to work with our elected officials to ensure that the public parks, buildings and properties are maintained and updated to insure the future needs of our citizens.
  • We seek to protect the natural character of our park lands in the process of providing recreational opportunities.
  • We seek reforms in the Recreation and Parks Department and Commission that mandate timely and inclusive community participation to ensure transparent planning and decision-making processes.
  • We seek to reform the way public lands and buildings are currently sold.

History

In December 2013, the City of Sunnyvale voted to sell the Raynor Activity Center, and additionally enter into a Priority Use Agreement where a portion of Raynor Park would be designated for exclusive use by a private institution.  Because of this action, a large number of concerned Birdland, Raynor, and Laurelwood neighbors banded together to form a 501(c)(4) corporation.  The company was organized as a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation whose specific objectives and purposes are to promote parks and schools for the benefit of the residents of the City of Sunnyvale.  Named “Save Sunnyvale Parks & Schools, Inc.,” we received our Articles of Incorporation on January 2nd, 2014.

On January 7th, we launched our first campaign, "Save Raynor Park" and as part of that campaign, filed suit against the City of Sunnyvale (served 1/7/14).  The lawsuit is aimed at preventing the Sale and Joint Use Agreements, and hold accountable the City and City Council who entered into these contracts illegally, by not complying with both the California Environmental Quality Act and the California Public Park Preservation Act.

Beyond Raynor

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While Raynor Park is important to the neighborhood of the founding members, the City Council has proposed other land sales. Mayor Griffith stated on 1/7/14 that his major number one goal during his tenure as mayor is to build a brand new main library in addition to the branch library he has planned for the Lakewood Neighborhood. If this is approved, it is proposed that the main library will be moved over to the Community Center lot, or even portions of the Community Center pond, along with possibly the Police Station and City Hall. This would free up to 14 acres of the downtown civic center for redevelopment, mostly with higher density (and taller buildings) by eliminating the old growth trees and the community garden, while also reducing open space at the Community Center.

Likewise, other large planned developments at Lawrence Station (Ponderosa neighbors), 1085 W. El Camino (Cherry Chase), Butchers’ Corner (Ortega Park) and Mary and Fremont (several neighborhoods) will all place greater demands on not only vanishing park space but existing schools. These various public land uses will affect not only Birdland, Raynor and Laurelwood, but Heritage, Washington Park, Ponderosa, Cherry Chase, Ortega Park and other residential neighborhoods as well.

Save Sunnyvale Parks & Schools has agreed that efforts will not only be focused on Raynor Park, but the organization will continue to stand up for other neighborhoods in the struggle to protect the remaining parks, open spaces, and public schools within and serviced by Sunnyvale.

We invite you to help us in our cause by volunteering or supporting us with donations.  We can’t do this without you!

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Legal Name: Save Sunnyvale Parks & Schools, Inc.
Mailing address: 1030 E. El Camino Real, #436
Sunnyvale, California 94087.

Established January 2, 2014, and is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, classified as 501(c)(4)
by the Internal Revenue Service. Our Tax ID number is 46-4597283.