Volunteers Spruce up Native Plant Islands

Island A

On June 6th, 2021, a hard working group of 18 volunteers signed up with the San Jose Parks  Recreation & Neighborhood Services Dept. to help the Martin-Fontana Parks Association prepare the Jeffrey Fontana Park’s two largest native plant islands ready for the long hot summer.

Wearing face masks and after passing COVID temperature checks, the volunteers went to work on the two islands to pull out dead native plants, prune back the spreading plants. To help conserve water over the summer, they hauled several buckets of mulch to cover the bare ground around the plants. The unused mulch from the ten cubic feet delivered by South Bay Materials will be added later in the summer. MFPA member donations funded the mulch purchase and will fund needed replacement plants in the late fall.

SCCAOR* AT WORK IN OUR PARK

On Sat, July 10th., sixteen volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors* came out in the 90°+ heat to refresh the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden.  We were joined by Johnny Khamis, the past City Council member and now the Public Relations Consultant for SCCAOR, and a couple of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services staffers, Eddie and Lalo. All worked diligently to pull weeds, cut prune tree suckers, gently deadhead the roses, and feed each rose bush in the block long garden.

The work party was organized by the Martin-Fontana Parks Association working with San Jose’s Adopt-a-Park volunteer unit and PRNS maintenance workers from our District One Maintenance Dept.  Funding from MFPA member donations provided the rose feed, and 30 bags of mulch that were spread to preserve the sprinkler water during the summer.  Thanks to Johnny Khamis and PRNS staffers Eddie and Lalo who provided extra help and support.

Thanks also to MFPA member Dave Gonzalez (wearing the white shirt) who signed in the volunteers and provided energy snacks! And thanks to our MFPA photographer, Wayne Opp for all the photos.

July 10 work day in Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden

This Saturday volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors will be meeting at the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden to spruce up the area and feed the roses.  We would love to see you join them Saturday, July 10 at 8:15 am to pitch in and lend a hand!

Linda Wilson and Kelly Shepherd will be signing in the volunteers, and Lalo from Parks, Recreation and Neighbor Services (PRNS) will have all the tools, gloves, and other necessary equipment on hand.  Ice cold water and healthy snacks will be provided.   A canopy will be set up to provide some shade for anyone who wants to take a break.

Volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors meet twice yearly to work in the memorial garden and have helped the Martin-Fontana Parks Association keep this area as a fitting memorial for Officer Jeffrey Fontana who was killed in a nearby neighborhood nearly 20 years ago.  

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Fontana Turf Repair Project

Fontana Turf Repair area

A proposal to fund the remaining portion of a project to restore and make usable a .05 acre patch of grass located in tront of the Jeffrey Fontana Dog Park was submitted by
Councilmember Matt Mahan’s office to San Jose City’s mayor Sam Liccardo. The proposal is to repair the turf in front of the dog park at Jeffrey Fontana Park with new sod and gopher wire.

Martin-Fontana Parks Association has saved $15,000 to contribute to the project along with Councilmember Matt Mahan’s office contributing $7,000.

Here are the details: https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/bd083fontanaturfrepaird10.pdf

Watering Day at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

Thanks to the folks who came out to help water the oak saplings and to our own Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Supervisor Jesse, his son, and Boy Scout Troop 250 for paving the way to smooth trails ahead.

Tips For Safely Enjoying Outdoor Spaces During Warm Weather Months

Info provided by City of San Jose’s Daniel Lazo, Interim Public Information Manager
408-205-8814; daniel.lazo@sanjoseca.gov

Tree Watering in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

Saturday May 1st was spent tree watering with the Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park
and San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services


It was a workout! But it was well worth it to spend time in our favorite park and to make sure we maintain it for generations to come. Thanks to all the volunteers who spent their morning with us!

It’s that time of the year to enjoy the Native Plants at Five Islands

Take a walk with the video provided by our MFPA photographer, Wayne Opp below:

Here are some plant close ups:

Thanks to our MFPA Photographer, Wayne Opp for these great photos. We hope to be on this year’s Going Native Garden Tour.

Our March 2021 Newsletter is here

Watering Team to Revive (?) New Tree

Four intrepid volunteers have formed a watering team for the newly planted natural Coast Live Oak tree planted in the Heritage Grove. Rich Grialou, Brandon Koehne, Dave Gonzalez and Dave Poeschel make up the team who will water weekly and try to revive the tree.

Heritage Tree placque

The grove of multi-trunked Coast Live Oak trees was designated a Heritage Tree site by the City of San Jose in 2011.  Two years ago, PG&E removed two diseased trunks of one of the oaks and the City Arborist recommended planting a replacement tree.  Martin-Fontana Parks Association helped pay for the tree with the agreement that Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services would plant it. Late in February, park staff planted the Coast Live Oak.  Planting was a big job because the tree was in a 24″ box, bigger than anything we had ever planted before. Although the tree has completely browned out, the branches are still alive, so our MFPA team will be working diligently to bring the tree back to life!