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!

Memorial Rose Garden Clean Up

The Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) thanks all of you in the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) and the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Adopt-a-Park Program for your help in establishing the recent work day in the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden.

Thanks to the Adopt-a-Park for providing all the tools

This year, 2021, marks the seventh year since the realtors in SCCAOR adopted the rose garden, donated funds to help keep it up, and have recruited volunteers to work each spring and winter to keep Jeffrey’s garden a delight for all park visitors.  Saturday, Feb. 6 continued this tradition, with 30 realtors and adopt-a-park volunteers spreading throughout the garden to pull weeds, remove ground cover choking out some rose bushes, and cutting out the prune tree suckers that spring up every year.  

Abiding by COVID restrictions, the masked volunteers worked in the warm February sunshine to get the garden ready for spring and the new rose growth to come.    Lots of mulch was spread to prevent weed growth, and plans for a June work day were set in motion. The rose bushes provided an abundance of thorns to keep everyone on their toes as they worked through the garden.

The event was set up and organized by Elisabeth Krienke of PRNS and Anna Lopez with the Realtor Group. Don Jessup and Neil Collins provided leadership for the realtors’ efforts, and Jose Ruiz from PRNS pitched in with much needed manpower to head up the green waste collection and clean up.

*Special thanks to Wayne Opp, our MFPA photographer, who captured the spirit of the day with his photos.

Not to worry

This weekend, some good folks from Our City Forest will come out to visit some of the beautiful California native plant landscaping projects that Pat Pizzo designed and led volunteers to build including along Capitancillos Dr. in the Oak Canyon neighborhood and the 5 Islands Project in Jeffrey Fontana Park. Don’t be alarmed if you see them snipping away at the plants. They will be collecting cuttings to root and grow in their 501(c)3 non-profit nursery for the benefit of all!

5 Islands Project in Jeffrey Fontana Park

PHYSICAL DISTANCING IN PUBLIC PARKS

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