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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

Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services is hiring a full-time gardener!

The City of San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department is hiring a full-time gardener to plan and execute landscaping operations and maintain our outdoors spaces healthy and beautiful. To apply, please complete an application by visiting bit.ly/sjgardenerjob. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 13. If you have questions, please email dominique.voelker@sanjoseca.gov

It’s A Beautiful Day!!

October 17-18 is Beautiful Day 2020! Since its inception in 2004, Beautiful Day has sought to invest in communities with simple, direct, and unyielding kindness. Each work project is an act of no-strings-attached service for those who are otherwise unable to help themselves. I have been honored to have Beautiful Day operating in District 10 and to have participated in many of their projects over the years. You can participate in this year’s projects as a volunteer! 

This year, they have 21 projects spread throughout Santa Clara County. Two of them are in District 10, in the Almaden area. The first is a wall painting project at Coleman and Almaden Expressway, that will also involve putting down weed barrier. The second is updating and improving the Learning Center at the City of San Jose Corporation Yard at Almaden Expressway and McAbee/Winfield. 

To sign up for the Almaden/Coleman project, please click here. This project can utilize volunteers ages 14 and up. 

To view all their projects, including the Learning Center near Almaden Lake, visit https://beautifulday.org and click on 2020 Projects. 

Park Closures

The City of San José Department of Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Services is temporarily closing several park locations due to poor air quality for the health and safety of park guests and staff. As an employer, the health and safety of our parks staff is our top priority, and all outdoor activities are being reduced as much as possible.

Closures include the following regional parks:

  • Almaden Lake
  • Alum Rock Park
  • Edenvale Gardens Regional Park
  • Emma Prusch Farm Park
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Guadalupe Oak Grove
  • Lake Cunningham Park
  • Municipal Rose Garden
  • Overfelt Gardens

These locations will reopen as air quality improves and staff is allowed to return to outdoor work. Neighborhood parks remain accessible to the public with the exception of Lincoln Glen, which is under construction. Per AQI – Sensitive groups, such as people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else is advised to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

Post Date:09/11/2020 2:00 PM

For updates and details on reopened facilities and amenities, please visit bit.ly/prnsreopens.

What’s the only tree in our parks with a name? Find out in our August Newsletter.

For the complete 4 page newsletter go to:  https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/newsletter-august-2020.pdf or just click on the image above.

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.

Almaden Community Center Closed

Closed with exception to senior nutrition

The City of San José will be closing all community centers effective immediately, with exception to the Senior Nutrition Program. The Senior Nutrition Program has transitioned to a boxed pick-up lunch format until further notice.

Also, Playgrounds are closed to prevent cross contamination of COVID-19 in children and youth.

Park and trail users must refrain from using parks or trails if they are sick or exhibiting symptoms; maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others; and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during, and after use.

More info at:  https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/Components/News/News/892/16

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.