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It’s Spring Cleanup at Jeffrey Fontana Park

A big THANKS to Michele LaPlante, our Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) Volunteer Coordinator, and Michele Dexter, the Community Relations representative from the District 10 City Council office for their coordination on a successful “Spring Cleaning” Saturday May 7th at the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden and the California native plant garden on McAbee Road.

Volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS met for their annual spring clean up of the rose garden, as well as some weeding and pruning on the east side of McAbee at the CA native garden.  They were joined by a large group of volunteers from the Church of the Latter Day Saints.  The volunteers filled a large Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) dump truck twice, with green waste from weeding, pruning, and trimming the trees and plants in the gardens. 

Thanks also, to the PRNS Volunteer Unit, who came out Saturday morning with all the tools and wheelbarrows needed for the cleanup effort. 

PRNS Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Bowling, helped with the sign in and MFPA member Chris Reed was there to give guidance in the native garden work area.   Together, all the helping hands put in a morning of great effort to create two garden spaces that all the park community can enjoy.

*Thanks to our new MFPA photographer, Jack Wollenweber, a Bellarmine College Preparatory school student for all the nice photos.

APRIL 2022

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Finally, a Dream is becoming a Reality

Turf removal has begun

Several years ago, Martin-Fontana Park Association members, Gail and Chuck Haywood,

The Haywoods

had a dream of having a smooth patch of lawn where people and dogs could relax under the trees by the dog park.  They eventually moved out of the area, but before they left, they donated $2000 to MFPA in the hope that someday their dream would become a reality.

Last year the San Jose City Council, with the urging of D-10 Councilman Matt Mahan’s office, set aside park funding for a pilot turf project in Jeffrey Fontana Park in front of the dog park.  A combination of $7000 from the D-10 Council office, $15,000 from Martin-Fontana Parks Association, and $20,000 from the San Jose Neighborhood Parks and Recreation Services Department. NPRS is funding this pilot project in our park as a way to determine if gopher wire can be an effective means of protecting the turf in our parks.

In mid-January of 2022, the work of removing old turf and rocks from the park area began.  When that step Is completed, PRNS will lay gopher wire in the bare space and plant turf over the wire.  The project will eventually expand to the entire turf area in front of the dog park. 

When you visit the park make sure to follow the progress of this pilot endeavor to create a safe turf area for playing, picnicking, and relaxing. 

*Here’s a link from a previous posting with more info: https://martinfontanaparksassociation.blog/2021/09/11/the-chuck-and-gail-haywood-project/.

Come out and smell the roses has been canceled!

Martin-Fontana Parks Association and the San Jose Parks Dept. are sponsoring a

Get the Rose Garden Ready for Spring! event.

This event has been canceled due to COVID

Where:  The rose garden at the west side of McAbee Road and Golden Oak Way.  

When: Saturday, Jan. 22nd from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

What:  Join your Park Association to weed, prune and feed the roses and get them ready for a spring bloom!

How:  This is a COVID safe event, so bring a picture ID and proof of vaccination.  Wear a mask, long sleeves, clothing that covers your legs, (thorns are sharp), and closed shoes. No experience necessary, train on the job!  Join the work party as your time allows and help Jeffrey Fontana’s Memorial Rose Garden sparkle.


To sign up and/or get more info, go to Eventbrite.com. You can also sign up at the park on Saturday.

Celebrating Our Parks

Who will be at our Heart of the Park event?

Almaden Valley Public Safety Net

Birds of Our Parks

California Native Plant Tour/Society

District 10 City Council Office

Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

Handmade Almaden Market

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara Valley

MFPA membership, raffle, & refreshment tables

Party by Alina Face Painting

San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

Volunteer Unit SJPD Crime Prevention Ice Cream Truck

The Chuck and Gail Haywood Project

Pat Pizzo’s Bench

Pat helped design the native plant garden at the visitor center in Hellyer County Park. He began the installation in Jan 2020. The garden is evolving and growing. The maintenance staff installed Pat’s bench near the flag pole and under a valley oak at the center.


If you get a chance, please check it out and send energy out to Pat’s spirit thanking him for his vision with this garden. The park is located at 985 Hellyer Ave in San Jose.

*Thanks to Jason Gorman for the photos and to Deb Kramer, Executive Director of Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, for providing the information.

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.

Fontana Turf Repair Project

Fontana Turf Repair area

A proposal to fund the remaining portion of a project to restore and make usable a .05 acre patch of grass located in tront of the Jeffrey Fontana Dog Park was submitted by
Councilmember Matt Mahan’s office to San Jose City’s mayor Sam Liccardo. The proposal is to repair the turf in front of the dog park at Jeffrey Fontana Park with new sod and gopher wire.

Martin-Fontana Parks Association has saved $15,000 to contribute to the project along with Councilmember Matt Mahan’s office contributing $7,000.

Here are the details: https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2021/06/bd083fontanaturfrepaird10.pdf