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Black Friday is just around the corner on November 27. This is a great opportunity for you to increase your AmazonSmile donations to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association by shopping at smile.amazon.com. When you get there, be sure to search for and select the Martin-Fontana Parks Association and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the association at no cost to you.

So far Martin-Fontana Parks Association has received $493.31 to date of this year. Thanks to everyone who has participated in this program.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all of you the gentle joys of Thanksgiving, the quiet beauty of the season, and the deep warmth of those closest to your heart.

From left to right they are: 
Rosy Bowring, Director; Michelle Judd, Director; new MFPA President, Linda Wilson; Robert Braunstein, Vice President; stepping down from President to Director, Rod Carpenter; Linda Opp, Secretary; & Patricia Wagstaff, Director.

Note: Not present for the photo was our Treasurer, Gaya Vukkadala

Nurturing Nature at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

Dave Poeschel shows how it’s to be done

Thanks to all our volunteers who came out last Sunday the 15th., including our District 10 San Jose City Councilmember-elect Matt Mahan, to give the tender loving care needed to keep our natural oasis thriving!

Matt and Jason returning from the top of Blue Oak Hill after leading youth to plant a dozen sites with the acorns that mighty blue oaks, quercus douglassii, will grow — and the 40 lb. bucket of water needed for each oak!

Volunteers provided the watering needed for the many small acorn sprouts, as the rains had not yet provided the moisture that was needed.

New, wire cages, were placed around the growth of small sprouts so that they will be able to thrive in the natural environment.

*Thanks to Jason Spitzer & Matt Mahan for all the photos

The Five Islands in Fontana Park are Ready for Winter!

No, they’re not Zombies emerging from the woods, they’re volunteers.

Halloween Day saw several masked Martin-Fontana Parks Association volunteers meet at the Five Islands in Jeffrey Fontana Park with rakes in hand.  Forty bags of mulch were spread among the islands by the hard working volunteers, assuring that the Islands were tucked in and ready for the winter rains.  To help keep the weeds at bay, the MFPA volunteers spread Preen (a weed preventer that stops weeds from germinating) around the islands.  After running short on mulch, Stacey Winters made a run to Outdoor Supply Hardware to return with enough mulch to finish the job!

Many thanks to Pieter Noordam, Dan and Michelle Judd with son Jared, Stacey Winters, Dave Poeschel, Rich Grialou, Kelly Shepherd and husband, Dave Gonzales, Star Taylor, organizer Linda Wilson, and MFPA Photographer Wayne Opp.  Additional thanks to Pat Burrow who also contributed pictures of the hard working masked team.

A  bench dedicated to Antje Hirt, a former MFPA member who spent many mornings walking her little dog in the park, has provided a quiet place to sit and contemplate for several park walkers since its installation last summer.  Plans are being made to compliment the bench with a Manzanita plant on each side.

HATS OFF TO OUR MFPA VOLUNTEERS!!!

Guadalupe Oak Grove event

You can use the following link to sign up:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nurturing-nature-at-guadalupe-oak-grove-park-tickets-127415239411

Park namesake remembered

From left to right, Steve Barnes, Donna Barnes, Laura Perret, Gregory Fontana, Sandy Fontana, and Kathy Rogers. *Photo taken in 2014.

October 28th of this year will mark 19 years since Officer Fontana was killed in the line of duty in 2001 by a gunshot from a suspicious motorist on whom he had just initiated a vehicle stop for a follow-up criminal investigation.

The photo above was from a 2014 Memorial held in Jeffrey Fontana Park that was attended by family and friends.

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. 

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

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