Notes from Martin-Fontana Parks Association President, Rod Carpenter

These last few months have been a very busy time for your Parks Board of Directors.  We have been holding meetings with the City Park’s personnel seeking a letter of understanding as to what our relationship is in keeping our parks the way we would all like to see them.  It is our hope we can share a positive outcome with all of you by the time our next newsletter comes out.

The Board of Directors has purchased a Gopher X machine to help eliminate the infestation of gophers within our parks.  This will supplement the efforts of the Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services Dept. in the months to come. It is our goal to eliminate the many holes that riddle our grassy areas and make it impossible to walk on.  Training will be given by the City’s PRNS Department and if you would like to be trained and want to volunteer your time in this effort, please let us know.


Robert Braunstein, a member of our Board of Directors, has produced a 30 second video spot which features the efforts of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association.  If you haven’t already seen it, just click on the video below and let us know what you think of it.


Thank you to our member negotiating team dealing with PG&E, led by Dick Stevens and Richard Zahner, in bringing to a conclusion another successful outcome in saving and preserving the life of the trees in our parks.  Also a thank you to PG&E for hearing our concerns and eliminating only those trees that were of necessity.

I am pleased to announce that our Board of Directors will be honoring its many volunteers on Saturday, September 16th.  Invitations will be mailed in August.  Volunteers are the life-blood of our organization and we look forward to saying “thank you” to these very special people.

Rod Carpenter


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sqrrlady on August 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    I know the Gophers are a problem, but that machine will kill them and they are a native species. PLEASE

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  2. Posted by sqrrlady on August 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    ( I didnt finish), PLEASE do not use this machine in Guadalupe Oaks, that area needs all the little ground native species it has, that area should not be groomed or handled by people other than for safety. It should be as natural as possible.

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  3. While removing is underway we have to ensure that any kind of life is leastely harmed and if required it is shifted to some other safe location.

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  4. Posted by sqrrlady on September 30, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Please leave all the wildlife alone. They were there first, it is their natural and native habitat. It is not ours. Live with them. You cannot relocate them they will not survive. Work with them , expect losses, you cannot win everything. Humans DO NOT rule, we just think we do.

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