Archive for November 29th, 2011

Martin-Fontana Parks Association receives City Award

From left to right is Mayor Chuck Reed, member Ron Wilson, Treasurer Bob Heldt, Vice President Mike Kalashian, AV & Website Mgmt Committee chairperson, Sunny Wagstaff; former President Pier Maggiani, Secretary Patricia Wagstaff, President Linda Wilson, District 10 Councilperson Nancy Pyle.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29th, Mayor Chuck Reed and the San Jose City Council awarded a formal commendation to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association for their work in the TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks.  Since forming a nonprofit organization eighteen months ago, MFPA has worked to stop the wholesale removal of 140 shade trees by PG&E under transmission lines, restore areas of the parks where most of the tree removal has already occurred, and enhance areas which were never fully landscaped.

To date, only seventeen mature trees have been removed by PG&E, and Tree #13, the stately oak in Fontana Park, continues to offer shade to those who pass under its branches as they walk through the park.  MFPA successfully petitioned the City to proclaim a grove of multi-trunked oaks near The Villas as a “Heritage Grove”, and has planted over 240 trees and shrubs in park areas with the approval of the City and PG&E.

MFPA thanks the City of San Jose for this recognition.  We also thank our District #10 Council member Nancy Pyle for recommending MFPA for this honor.  Our members, donors, and volunteers will continue to work to make our parks a neighborhood treasure for years to come.

For a video of the award ceremony click here.  See what the Almaden Times Weekly had to say.