Teens tackle blight at Woodland's Willow Spring Elementary school

Jul 17, 2010 Read more: Daily Democrat 16
Every day, motorists entering Woodland from the Gibson Road exit of Highway 113 are greeted by a terrific example of urban blight developing at the former site of Willow Springs Elementary School. Read more
Woodland homeowner

West Sacramento, CA

#1 Jul 17, 2010
This "clean up" is a joke. Many weeds and bushes are still there, and then ones that were flat-shoveled will come back. It would have been better to poison everything and then remove in a month. But what for? This vacant school will never be eye candy until it's leveled for new houses or is purchased by a private educational institution. I'm scratching my head about all the "effort" and the justification for this story. Is this why these groups get hundreds of thousands of tax dollars and then they have to create projects likes this to keep the money flowing?
Inquiring mind

Woodland, CA

#2 Jul 17, 2010
These kids are doing a super job by cleaning up the weeds in a non-toxic manner. They're being kind to the earth, improving the neighborhood and receiving the volunteer community hours that are a requirement for high school graduation. Everyone wins with this plan. Congrats kids, keep up the good work!
Also a Woodlander

Woodland, CA

#3 Jul 17, 2010
Hey Woodland homeowner -I'm very happy these Woodland youth do not have your negative attitude toward community pride. The job they did was a much noticeable improvement, they should be commended for their effort!
New world order

Grass Valley, CA

#4 Jul 17, 2010
Did they clear this with the unions?
AilinwiPalin

United States

#5 Jul 17, 2010
Also a Woodlander wrote:
Hey Woodland homeowner -I'm very happy these Woodland youth do not have your negative attitude toward community pride. The job they did was a much noticeable improvement, they should be commended for their effort!
I agree. Sad. A plot behind every effort. Cynicism, negativity rules in some little minds.
Live next to this school

West Sacramento, CA

#6 Jul 17, 2010
The school grounds still look awful. These slow-moving teens were here only three hours for three days. They seemed to work harder on the lunch table that was set up.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#7 Jul 17, 2010
To the people that are giving these kids negative comments. Why don't you get out there then and help clean up?

If I lived next to that area that would be the first thing I would do

“Stop shouting.”

Since: Jul 10

Woodland, CA

#8 Jul 17, 2010
DaveInWoodland wrote:
To the people that are giving these kids negative comments. Why don't you get out there then and help clean up?
If I lived next to that area that would be the first thing I would do
Nice! Complain, sit on your ass and do nothing.
Think about it

West Sacramento, CA

#9 Jul 17, 2010
Kuddos for the kids that went out and did the work.
woodlander

Sacramento, CA

#10 Jul 17, 2010
Great Job to these kids that thought about this once school area instead of something else in the area. there were alot of different places they could have cleaned up. granted it will come back but that isn't the point here. they set there minds and hearts to do something and they did just what was intended for them. they are still kids. glad to see that they are doing something good in the community instead of breaking the windows like so many others are and do.

NICE WORK. next time maybe get the grumpy man to help out maybe it will change his mind and heart.

“Stop shouting.”

Since: Jul 10

Woodland, CA

#11 Jul 17, 2010
On a different note....Backpacks for Kids...event being held in Fern Park today. People of all political, social, ethnic, religious...are welcome. Support a good cause....food, events. Have some fun.

Hopefully no one finds fault in that.
Woodland homeowner

West Sacramento, CA

#12 Jul 17, 2010
I've decided that most of you are right: it's not about cleaning blight, it's about giving an experience to teens. Willow Spring will remain a weed-filled property until it's sold.
Paul F

Davis, CA

#13 Jul 17, 2010
Why doesnt the school district clean up the school...just because you close a school does not mean you let it look like an eyesore for the community. Everytime I come off 113 to Gibson I always say to myself...the school district needs to clean that place up or bulldoze it to the ground. A public entity should never make a community an eyesore...Just my thoughts.
I am glad to see the kids do some work to clean it up...but the weeds will be back in a week unless you zap them with poison.
Its just a matter of time before someone gets hurt or homeless drug users start using the building as a place to hang out...next thing you know...a fire starts and then the Woodland Fire Department will have to risk there lives to go into a building that may or may not be occupied. All it takes is one person to say they saw someone inside and the firefighters are going in...even if the homeless drug users left when things went bad. Now you have firefighters going through an abandon building with "stuff" throughout the building impeding search...broken class all over from vandals....need I say more.
The story should be more about why the City of Woodland is allowing the property to turn into a community arm pit...especially from a public entitiy...
Paul Fullerton
Firefighter
woodland

Sacramento, CA

#14 Jul 17, 2010
Paul F wrote:
Why doesnt the school district clean up the school...just because you close a school does not mean you let it look like an eyesore for the community. Everytime I come off 113 to Gibson I always say to myself...the school district needs to clean that place up or bulldoze it to the ground. A public entity should never make a community an eyesore...Just my thoughts.
I am glad to see the kids do some work to clean it up...but the weeds will be back in a week unless you zap them with poison.
Its just a matter of time before someone gets hurt or homeless drug users start using the building as a place to hang out...next thing you know...a fire starts and then the Woodland Fire Department will have to risk there lives to go into a building that may or may not be occupied. All it takes is one person to say they saw someone inside and the firefighters are going in...even if the homeless drug users left when things went bad. Now you have firefighters going through an abandon building with "stuff" throughout the building impeding search...broken class all over from vandals....need I say more.
The story should be more about why the City of Woodland is allowing the property to turn into a community arm pit...especially from a public entitiy...
Paul Fullerton
Firefighter
You of all people know the answer Paul... IT IS THE LACK OF MONEY. The same reason the WFD is struggling. BTW the city doesn't own it. The School district does. Money out of different pockets.
Anonymous

West Sacramento, CA

#15 Jul 17, 2010
Great for the kids doing the work and whoever organized it - might even be worth it for a judge to assign community service with these good kids to a kid on edge of going bad, s/he might see some good in the world.

That being said, the WJUSD could send womeone with a tractor out to do the heavy work, or leave a tractor out there for the kids to use, it doesn't all have to be manual labor.

“Stop shouting.”

Since: Jul 10

Woodland, CA

#16 Jul 17, 2010
Woodland Conservative wrote:
Great for the kids doing the work and whoever organized it - might even be worth it for a judge to assign community service with these good kids to a kid on edge of going bad, s/he might see some good in the world.
That being said, the WJUSD could send womeone with a tractor out to do the heavy work, or leave a tractor out there for the kids to use, it doesn't all have to be manual labor.
Good ideas.

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