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Get Ready for the Heart of the Park Celebration

The Martin Fontana Parks Association is once again presenting the Heart of the Park Celebration on May 18, 2019. This annual celebration brings together friends and neighbors to celebrate our two great Almaden Parks, TJ Martin & Jeffrey Fontana.

The Association has worked hard to keep these parks beautiful, accessible and fun for all of the park neighbors.

It will include arts and crafts, the traditional  Dog Parade   

a Birding Tour, Barn Owl Display, a Master gardener, and

a Raffle with valuable prizes.         

In 2010, PG&E announced its intentions to remove 140 mature shade trees from our parks. A group of park neighbors got together and formed a nonprofit, and within a year had stopped the mass cutting of the trees. We hold this annual celebration to bring our park community together to learn about the park resources, problems, to raise funds to keep the trees trimmed, and enhance the well-being of our parks.

Nowadays, MFPA concentrates on improving the parks with new projects every year. This past year we completed the Five Islands project,

bringing five new plant islands to Jeffrey Fontana Park. Working with the office of Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Michael Ogilvie, the Director of Public Art for the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, we helped to facilitate the artistic painting of all the water vaults in our two parks.

We also work with volunteers to help improve the parks. This past year we worked with an Eagle Scout who built two new picnic tables for the children’s playground at Fontana Park.

The event is designed to bring pride to our parks and help MFPA continue its work, long into the future. We hope all the neighbors who use the park will join us for the annual celebration.

The event begins at noon on May 18th with a birding tour led by Lisa Meyers in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.   Other activities will start at 1:00pm near the dog park.  The closing event will feature a raffle from 3:00pm to 3:30pm.

Don’t miss out! May 18th from noon to 3:30pm.

Our 2018 Membership Team is off and running

Thanks to the efforts of our hard-working team, six new members have been signed up to date; bringing our total membership count to 165. In addition, sponsorships are up as more people are becoming sponsors for the first time or our current sponsors are increasing their gifts. Thanks so much, members & sponsors. Without your generous donations where would we be? Just take a look around our parks to see where your money has been going. Lots of projects such as:

Remember, you too can become a member or sponsor by just selected the “memberships/sponsorships” menu selection at the top of our page and follow the directions provided.  We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code so your donations are tax-deductible.

Come Out and Celebrate with us

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Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade

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Aug 2016 Newsletter announcementJust click here or on the image above for the Newsletter.

Become a MARTIN-FONTANA PARKS ASSOCIATION member

We need your HELP !

Please consider becoming a member or sponsor

Our membership fees are only

$20 per individual or $35 per family per year

Last year was a difficult time for our parks because of the drought. Martin-Fontana Parks Association spent most of last year keeping approximately 100 trees and shrubs from dying. Trees and shrubs were hand watered on a monthly basis. This included several older trees that were stressed by the drought. As a result, nearly all of the trees/shrubs we watered were able to weather the drought.

In addition, we have had and continue to have, an ongoing dialogue with the San Jose’s Parks department to address the turf and rodent infestation problems and the constant failure of our parks’ sprinkler systems. We are beginning to see action by the parks department.

Beginning this month, MFPA will be working with San Jose Parks’ to develop a 5 year plan for our two parks. Key components of this plan will be:

1. Planting drought tolerant native plants and shrubs that better suit our semi-arid climate.
2. Improvements to the parks infrastructure including children’s tot lots and other capital improvements that offers additional youth and adult recreation activities.
3. Rodent control, upgrading our parks turf, and replacing our aging irrigation system.

Lastly, we have continued our dialogue with PG&E regarding the preservation of our parks’ most precious resource: our trees. Your Membership affirms our community’s intent to PG&E that we are serious about PG&E being respectful of these priceless resources. We have been consistently successful getting PG&E to agree to prune, rather than remove these trees.

If you have questions/comments you would like us to address feel free to email us at:

SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com.

If you are ready to become a member, a sponsor, or you need to renew your membership, it can be done in one of three ways:

1. You may renew your membership by using PayPal.  Just click on the “Make a Donation” button at  the top right of this page and follow the instructions.
2. You can write a check to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association and mail it to: Martin-Fontana Parks Association, 1177 Branham Lane #137, San Jose, CA 95118.
3. Or you could write a check to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, let us know, and we will gladly stop by and pick it up for delivery to our membership Chairperson.

We encourage you to fill out a membership form to include with your check.  It is available online here or you can pick up one at our kiosk in Jeffrey Fontana Park near the dog park.

Thank you for your past support and we hope you will want to continue to be a member of our association and the important work we do improving and preserving our parks.

The MFPA Board of Directors