Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Strike Team in Action!

T J Martin Park neighbors, with back yards adjacent to the park from Burchell Avenue to Weimar Avenue, woke up to the sounds of chain saws, trucks and heavy equipment at 8:30 am the morning of Thursday, Oct. 8.

After years of allowing the growth of weeds, volunteer tree sprouts, and dense brush build-up, the fence line area was in for a good grooming!  A strike team from Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) brought workers and equipment to clear out the large area that had become a dumping ground for litter, and a nocturnal meeting place for partying. 

The large mountain of mulch, deposited three years ago, was moved to the Fleet St. rose garden where MFPA member, Larry Sasscer, spread it among the roses and native plants to deter weed growth and hold in moisture.  Tree canopies were lifted to provide an easy sight line down the fence line while shrubs were pruned or removed to enhance the area.

The PRNS team worked from 8:30 am to noon clearing out and cleaning up the former nuisance area which had been left to grow wild for the last ten years.  Martin-Fontana Parks Association brought the blighted area to the attention of PRNS, and thanks them for their hard work and effort they made to clean it up.  Now it is once again an area of TJ Martin Park where walkers can enjoy the variety of birds and native plants along the fence line.

*Thanks to our MFPA President, Linda Wilson, for the story and photos

Phased Approach to Opening Park Amenities

Playground and Exercise Equipment

TJ Martin Tot Lot

Following the new County and State orders and guidance, the City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is taking a phased approach to reopening over 290 playgrounds and exercise equipment beginning on Friday, October 23.

Those who choose to use the newly opened amenities must follow all posted signage as well as County Public Health Orders. Guidelines for use include washing or sanitizing your hands before and after using playground/exercise equipment; wearing face coverings at all times; keeping a six-foot distance from those outside of your household; staying home if anyone in the household is ill; not sharing personal items or toys; and sanitizing equipment before and after use with EPA approved disinfectants as the equipment is not sanitized.

Parents and caretakers are responsible for ensuring that their children are playing safe and following all of the rules. Do your part to protect your family and others against COVID-19 by following these guidelines. The City of San José will continue to monitor our parks and facilities to ensure the safety and wellness of our community.

Jeffrey Fontana Dog Park

Dog Parks

San Jose’s 13 dog parks will open on Tuesday, June 9. Residents and their four-legged friends who choose to use the reopened dog parks must follow all posted signage and abide by all Santa Clara County Public Health Orders and conditions. This includes staying home if you or your pet are sick, and not entering a dog park if you can’t stay six feet away from others.

Dog park visitors must stay out of closed areas and not share recreational equipment with others. A face covering is required unless you meet the exemptions in the County Health Officer’s Critical Guidance on Face Coverings. Water fountains remain closed until further notice, please bring your own water.

*For updates please go to: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/Components/News/News/1207/5103

It was a Beautiful Day October 17-18

Volunteers from #beautifulday spent the day cleaning and beautifying the park ranger station at Almaden lake and Almaden Expressway

and updating and improving the Learning Center at the City of San Jose Corporation Yard.

Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers from #westgatechurch #beautifulday.

To view all their projects, visit https://beautifulday.org and click on 2020 Projects. 

WALK FOR THE TREES

On November 7th, 2020 from 9AM – 8PM, Our City Forest will be hosting the Breathe Easy! Walk-a-thon, a social distancing event!

Let us all walk for the trees and appreciate what the trees provide for us by enjoying the trees outside! Biking is welcomed and any other form of activity as long as you and any other friends and family you bring are outside for the trees!

Participants in our Breathe Easy! Walk-a-thon are encouraged to send photos with trees and post them on social media using #walkfortrees or #bikefortrees.

Anyone who participates is welcome to contribute any amount of money for Our City Forest’s mission of creating a greener and healthier space throughout Silicon Valley!

We will also be holding a raffle during this event for participants!

How it works to participate in our raffle for a succulent garden prize:

1. Fill in our participation form below
2. Donate $25+ for our Breathe Easy! T-shirt (donate once participation form has been completed)
3. Take a selfie with any tree from your walk anywhere and post it on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter using the hashtag #walkfortrees or #bikefortrees and tag Our City Forest

On November 13th, we will announce the winner of our succulent garden prize through our social media and contact the winner!

To sign up for our event now, please fill out our participation form listed below:
Breathe Easy! Walk-a-thon Participation Form

Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services is hiring a full-time gardener!

The City of San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department is hiring a full-time gardener to plan and execute landscaping operations and maintain our outdoors spaces healthy and beautiful. To apply, please complete an application by visiting bit.ly/sjgardenerjob. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 13. If you have questions, please email dominique.voelker@sanjoseca.gov

It’s A Beautiful Day!!

October 17-18 is Beautiful Day 2020! Since its inception in 2004, Beautiful Day has sought to invest in communities with simple, direct, and unyielding kindness. Each work project is an act of no-strings-attached service for those who are otherwise unable to help themselves. I have been honored to have Beautiful Day operating in District 10 and to have participated in many of their projects over the years. You can participate in this year’s projects as a volunteer! 

This year, they have 21 projects spread throughout Santa Clara County. Two of them are in District 10, in the Almaden area. The first is a wall painting project at Coleman and Almaden Expressway, that will also involve putting down weed barrier. The second is updating and improving the Learning Center at the City of San Jose Corporation Yard at Almaden Expressway and McAbee/Winfield. 

To sign up for the Almaden/Coleman project, please click here. This project can utilize volunteers ages 14 and up. 

To view all their projects, including the Learning Center near Almaden Lake, visit https://beautifulday.org and click on 2020 Projects. 

Park Closures

The City of San José Department of Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Services is temporarily closing several park locations due to poor air quality for the health and safety of park guests and staff. As an employer, the health and safety of our parks staff is our top priority, and all outdoor activities are being reduced as much as possible.

Closures include the following regional parks:

  • Almaden Lake
  • Alum Rock Park
  • Edenvale Gardens Regional Park
  • Emma Prusch Farm Park
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Guadalupe Oak Grove
  • Lake Cunningham Park
  • Municipal Rose Garden
  • Overfelt Gardens

These locations will reopen as air quality improves and staff is allowed to return to outdoor work. Neighborhood parks remain accessible to the public with the exception of Lincoln Glen, which is under construction. Per AQI – Sensitive groups, such as people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else is advised to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

Post Date:09/11/2020 2:00 PM

For updates and details on reopened facilities and amenities, please visit bit.ly/prnsreopens.

What’s the only tree in our parks with a name? Find out in our August Newsletter.

For the complete 4 page newsletter go to:  https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/newsletter-august-2020.pdf or just click on the image above.

Support Guadalupe Oak Grove Park’s Unique Environment

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park – a natural wonder worth preserving

The Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park formed as an alliance of neighbors and park patrons concerned about the long-term stewardship of a uniquely-natural park in San Jose. Guadalupe Oak Grove Park has very little in the way of amenities, such as buildings or equipment, but rather is left in its natural state, complete with beautiful native oaks, wildflowers, and typical Santa Clara Valley flora and fauna.

The Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park have been putting together dedicated volunteer efforts for the past few years, clearing and trimming and cleaning up trails and making certain that Guadalupe Oak Grove Park remains the community treasure that it is intended to be.

Sheep and goats have been brought in to help clear and trim the natural plants in way that helps preserve the wonder of the park without disturbing it or imposing less natural maintenance.

The City of San Jose provides support for these efforts, but with limited funds, there is more work than there is funding, so the volunteer work is even more important. The Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park is seeking donations from people who care about this park and the natural habitat that it uniquely houses. Every dollar counts.

https://sanjoseparksfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/80369-guadalupe-oak-grove-park-fund

Thanks for helping out on Volunteer Day

Wow! Thank you Laurie and your high school young men and our usual “Stars” — a lot of ground covered. We may have finished watering our trees for the year and many will now be able to make it on their own for the next couple hundred years. Stay tuned for this fall’s planting events — more oaks and natives shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers.