Letter to the Editor: Shorewood High School landscaping

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Photo by Craig Schoch
To the Editor:

In 2013 Shorewood High School was a brand-new facility with beautiful landscaping. The tax payer funded school included a new irrigation system, manicured bushes, plants and lawns. The maintenance of the grounds has declined since the school opened.

Over the years I have seen the landscaping become overgrown with weeds, plants die due to inactivated irrigation systems, and bushes removed. On June 13th I observed that the landscaping on the south end of the campus was completely overgrown. The grass has recently been mowed with all the long clippings left behind. No trimming was done around the trees, fencing, or poles. On June 22nd no further progress had been made.

Shorewood High School and the grounds should be a shining example of our community and instead they are an embarrassment. I do not understand why the grounds have never been maintained properly.

Covid 19 paused the maintenance for a short time but the deterioration that has been progressing for years is just more noticeable due to the recent situation.

Parkwood Elementary, Kellogg Middle, and Einstein Middle schools are currently under construction. Those properties will have irrigation systems and new landscaping. Why should we continue to pay for new landscaping that will not be maintained?

Craig Schoch


Jim Hutter June 24, 2020 at 3:54 AM  

excellent letter, it will be interesting if anyone from the school district addresses your letter

DIGITAL FACE MEDIA June 24, 2020 at 1:37 PM  

Excellent letter, thank you. If you're not going to pay to maintain it, don't pay to install it in the first place.

Anonymous,  June 24, 2020 at 1:42 PM  

Noticed the same thing lately, the place looked like a dump for a while there. Had Sound Transit not bumped us out of our Shoreline home, I'd be more than a little upset to see my tax dollars being wasted. While there may be some budget savings in the short term, there will be a higher cost in restoring the grounds later.

Concerned June 24, 2020 at 5:12 PM  

I couldn’t agree more! My husband actually took a mower to some of it recently before they finally brought in some equipment to do the job. There are more weeds than grass and several of the trees they planted have died. The sprinklers have not been turned on since shortly after they were installed. No weeding or barking ever happens, just mowing up to and around the shrubs. We’ll have to think twice about any future requests for tax dollars!

Anonymous,  June 24, 2020 at 6:34 PM  

There seems to be a pattern. Landscaping was installed up and down Aurora avenue, and now has turned into grass. How about we just all agree that we won't landscape new buildings or highways. Save us buco bucks

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