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SCCAOR* AT WORK IN OUR PARK

On Sat, July 10th., sixteen volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors* came out in the 90°+ heat to refresh the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden.  We were joined by Johnny Khamis, the past City Council member and now the Public Relations Consultant for SCCAOR, and a couple of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services staffers, Eddie and Lalo. All worked diligently to pull weeds, cut prune tree suckers, gently deadhead the roses, and feed each rose bush in the block long garden.

The work party was organized by the Martin-Fontana Parks Association working with San Jose’s Adopt-a-Park volunteer unit and PRNS maintenance workers from our District One Maintenance Dept.  Funding from MFPA member donations provided the rose feed, and 30 bags of mulch that were spread to preserve the sprinkler water during the summer.  Thanks to Johnny Khamis and PRNS staffers Eddie and Lalo who provided extra help and support.

Thanks also to MFPA member Dave Gonzalez (wearing the white shirt) who signed in the volunteers and provided energy snacks! And thanks to our MFPA photographer, Wayne Opp for all the photos.

July 10 work day in Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden

This Saturday volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors will be meeting at the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden to spruce up the area and feed the roses.  We would love to see you join them Saturday, July 10 at 8:15 am to pitch in and lend a hand!

Linda Wilson and Kelly Shepherd will be signing in the volunteers, and Lalo from Parks, Recreation and Neighbor Services (PRNS) will have all the tools, gloves, and other necessary equipment on hand.  Ice cold water and healthy snacks will be provided.   A canopy will be set up to provide some shade for anyone who wants to take a break.

Volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors meet twice yearly to work in the memorial garden and have helped the Martin-Fontana Parks Association keep this area as a fitting memorial for Officer Jeffrey Fontana who was killed in a nearby neighborhood nearly 20 years ago.  

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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.

2010 – The Community Calls

Volunteers Needed

San José Parks and Rec needs volunteers to support San José parks during this challenging time. Volunteers can help their neighbors and get outdoors in places like Alum Rock Park and the Municipal Rose Garden. All volunteers must wear a face covering and keep a 6-foot distance from others. For more info & to sign up: bit.ly/32RGmOZ.

Saturday’s Volunteer Rose Pruning was a BIG SUCCESS!

On Saturday the 25th of Jan, with the help of over thirty volunteers and a their hard work, the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden was pruned and weeded. Members of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR) provided most of the muscle along with other volunteers.  Now the roses are all set for some beautiful blooms this coming season.

Linda Wilson, the President of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, provided 10 bags of mulch and some rose food.  MFPA member, Rosy Bowring brought along 2 dozen assorted doughnuts to feed the troops.  Adopt-a-Park’s Sue Bowling was there with the Adopt-a-Park trailer and work supplies.  Thanks also to Mollie Tobias, City of San Jose’s Program Manager for Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services for setting this all up.

Let us not forget who wasn’t there, Patrick Pizzo.

Pat was always there to show everybody how the trimming was done.  We will miss seeing his smiling face and having him show us how to trim a rose bush  Things just weren’t the same with out him being there.

A photo display of Pat was provided by MFPA member, Sunny Wagstaff, showing his many years of service and dedication in making our parks more beautiful with native plants.

 

 

PRNS Deputy Director reveals new plan for our Parks at MFPA General Meeting

President Rod Carpenter called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm last Wednesday, Feb. 13, addressing an overflow audience of members and guests.

Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Deputy Director, Justin Long, summarized some of the changes that are being made to improve the efficiency of park maintenance.  A new “Activate San Jose” plan will be the new parks’ guiding document and should be in available to the public in June for community review.  MFPA will alert our members when it is presented.

Mr. Long and Dan Greeley, our Maintenance District Supervisor, spoke about the rodent problem affecting many San Jose parks, including ours.  They outlined the action that PRNS will be taking to alleviate the problem, and then answered questions from the floor.

Outgoing President, Rod Carpenter highlighted the achievements of MFPA during his two-year tenure:

  • Completion of the native plant Five Islands Project
  • Construction of the “Surf Shack” tool shed
  • Repair of the Meridian fence at TJ Martin Park
  • The Planting of over fifty new trees in both parks
  • Completion of the “Beautility” Water Vault Painting project
  • Partnership with PRNS Adopt-a-Park Program and Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, (SCCAOR), to maintain existing projects like the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden

Perhaps the most significant achievement of Rod’s term was the completion of the “Right of Entry” agreement with PRNS allowing MFPA to hire qualified contractors to work in the parks on MFPA projects!

Outgoing Secretary, Rich Grialou was honored with the “President’s Award” and received a plaque in appreciation of his contributions to MFPA.

President Rod Carpenter was presented with a plaque honoring his dedication and determination to oversee the accomplishments of the last two years.

The new Board of Directors goals for the next year include:

  • Ongoing maintenance projects with PRNS Adopt-a-Park and SCCAOR
  • The annual Heart of the Park Celebration on May 18, 2019
  • Continued collaboration with PRNS and the City to improve our parks

“Pruning Party” this Saturday

Theresa Allen & Dave Walsh plug in the roses.

 

The Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden is having a “Pruning Party” this Saturday, January 26 at the corner of McAbee and Golden Oak Way.  


Join your park neighbors for Registration at 8:45, and Pruning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (or noon).
 
Try your hand at pruning roses, instruction provided for beginners, as we ready Officer Fontana’s Memorial Rose Garden for the spring awakening!
 
All tools, gloves, coffee, water, donuts are provided.  Be sure to wear long sleeves and pants to keep the thorns at bay.
 
Sponsored by  the San Jose Parks Dept. Adopt-a-Park program and the
Martin-Fontana Parks Association.

What would we do without them?

HATS OFF, and a BIG THANKS to all who joined the Adopt-a-Park, Pioneer High School, and middle school volunteers on Saturday Feb. 17th. to clean up the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden and rake all the mulch at the east end of Fontana Park. They were a hard-working bunch, removing the Heliotrope that was choking out the roses, climbing the fence, and the trees, and then, marching down to the east end of Fontana to pull a mountain of weeds and spread all those piles of mulch.

For those who were not able, out of town, too busy, or just not into it, I urge you to at least visit the two sites to see the mountains of vegetation removed and the beauty of all the mulch spread.

Thanks again, to all those who worked on Saturday!

 

Clean Up in Jeffrey Fontana Park a Success!

Pascal on the left with friends

On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, the Parks Recreation & Neighborhood Services Adopt-a-Park folks, along with the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, coordinated a clean-up of the area we refer to as the Cotoneaster patch near Tree #13 in Jeffrey Fontana Park.  Thanks to Adopt-a-Park’s Mollie Tobias and Sue Bowling, we had about 20 or more students from many local and not so local schools:  Lynbrook High School, Pioneer High School, San Jose High School, Holy Spirit School, a young man from Cal-Davis (he was here on the weekend to visit his folks), Leland High School, Valley Christian High School and others.  What a terrific Group!  Combine this with a representation of local residents, MFPA members, and community leaders such as Scott Raley, Jane, Kelly, Sunny Wagstaff, Rich Grailou , Linda Wilson, Patrick Pizzo, and our MFPA photographer Susan Mosher, who took some great photos,  and we had one efficient work crew!   We did weeding, removed numerous Oak starts and saplings, planted a replacement plant and, in general,

made one HUGE of debris.     Take a look and see if you don’t agree that the Cotoneaster patch is looking Sharp (no pun intended)!

Thanks to Pat Pizzo, the Project Director shown on the left. 

 

Mollie Tobias, City of San Jose PRNS Program Manager, had this to say:

“As involved and ‘willing-to-sweat-and-get dirty’ neighbors and volunteers, you take ownership and pride in your local park! Thank you for sharing your time and energy! Your sense of pride is a great asset in improving the park and in turn, the entire community! Because of your help, the park is cleaner, safer and more welcoming to all! We appreciate all you do for Jeffrey Fontana and TJ Martin parks!”