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We have lost Pat Pizzo

SCCAOR Sept 2014 work-party

Patrick Pizzo, a long time member and guiding light of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association passed away on the 2nd of January 2020 at the age of 75.  If you look around our two parks, you will see many examples of his handy work.  Pat was the brains & brawn behind all the native plant islands located in Jeffrey Fontana Park.  His most extensive creation was the 5 Islands Project near Meridian Ave.

Here is a link to a 2017 article on Pat and his many accomplishments by Our City Forest:  http://www.ourcityforest.org/blog/2017/1/4/the-remarkable-pat-pizzo?fbclid=IwAR0FxrzleTYiHR_K8EacOjotqX71Vqwz0FL73QNzDkcOXa7bj6GjCKz1pU8

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LAST DAY to take the Guadalupe Oak Grove Park survey is Dec 31, 2014

The GOGP Survey has an end-date of December 31, 2014. If you have not completed the survey, please do so. We would greatly appreciate it.

GOGP Walkthru

Our walkabouts have been completed. If however, you have a group of 8 or more people who would like a tour to access the park condition, please contact Patrick Pizzo at the following e-mail address:

patrick.pizzo@sjsu.edu

We will try to accommodate your need.

There has been some confusion about how to access the survey. You can get to the survey via the following links:

https://saveourparktrees.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/gathering-input-on-the-use-and-future-of/ or
http://survey.birdsfly.info/

Once you are there, click on the underscored and bolded word ‘survey‘ near the bottom of the page.

Thank you for participating. Patrick P. Pizzo

P.S. The results of the survey will be posted on the Martin-Fontana Park Association (MFPA) web page.

Note: To be sure you don’t miss the posting of the results, you can add your email address to the box on the right side of the home page and you will be notified of any new post by email.

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The 2014 Martin-Fontana Parks Association website in review

Check it out, you’ll find lots of interesting statistics such as:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s 2013 blog in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Some observations by Pat Pizzo

Pat Pizzo

Pat Pizzo

Some observations of the T.J. Martin, Guadalupe Oak Grove and J. Fontana Parks:

My name is Pat Pizzo and I spend some hours in these parks since 2010 as part of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) and I wish to share some observations.   These are my personal observations and do not necessarily reflect the views of MFPA or its executive board.

Our parks are connected; and events in one may influence events in the other.  That is why I have included Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.

For the rest of Pat’s comments click here.

Our Spring of 2013 Newsletter is here

Spring Newsletter

Click on Newsletter for pages 1 thru 4.

Martin-Fontana Park Association’s blog review for 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Remembering San Jose Police Officer Jeffrey Fontana

In honor of Officer Jeffrey Fontana,  a standing spray of flowers has been placed next to the park identification sign on McAbee.

Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden

It was 11 years ago that Officer Jeffrey Fontana was killed.  The Jeffrey Fontana park was dedicated to him along with a memorial and plaque near the tot lot.  He was shot in the line of duty while patrolling the near by neighborhood on the 28th of October, 2001.

Note:  MFPA was not the ones who placed the spray of flowers there.

May 2012 Newsletter from Councilmember Nancy Pyle

MFPA President Linda Wilson and Councilmember Nancy Pyle

Dear Community Member,
On Arbor Day, April 27th, I had the pleasure to participate in the
dedication of a large grove of magnificent oak trees in Jeffrey Fontana
Park. These trees were designated to be Heritage Oaks by the City of
San Jose in August 2011 and after much effort by the Martin Fontana
Parks Association and the TJ Martin Neighborhood Association the
Heritage Grove was dedicated to the community.

Read the rest of what Nancy Pyle, District 10 Councilmember had to say here.

Earth Day planting of 18 trees and 7 Ceanothus Shrubs

This family is really getting into it!

I am sure many of you have already seen the results of the huge tree-planting effort by Martin-Fontana Parks Association and Our City Forest in Jeffrey Fontana Park.   Neighbors from all over the South Bay and OCF’s Tree Amigos, came to volunteer their time to plant 18 new trees and 7 shrubs.  This, combined with last month’s (March 31) planting of 16 trees in T.J. Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Park, will almost complete this Spring’s tree planting efforts.  One more effort, next week, on April 28th. The target this time is the garden area across from Glowing Court in T.J. Martin Park.   We will be planting some shrubs and 2 more trees.   We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Statue.  MFPA and San Jose Adopt-a-Park will welcome the largest work party ever seen in our parks to plant, spread mulch, clean out weedy areas, and make our parks sparkle!

Thirty six new trees in our two parks…. outstanding, yes?

When an organization does some outstanding work to improve the community, they need to be acknowledged.  The best way to acknowledge your support is to continue your membership and/or make a direct contribution to MFPA to continue these beneficial efforts.  You already know of the target $1,300 to put in a bench, in the shade, by Tree #13.  We are about half-way there.   Additionally, we plan to install an educational CA Native Plant garden in the western end of Jeffrey Fontana Park.  That will require funding.  So come on…. you may not have been able to swing a pick or to wheelbarrow mulch…. but you certainly can write that check!    It is effortless,  why not go to our donation link at the top right of our home page or you can mail it to us using this form and help support MFPA, because you certainly can see and enjoy the benefits it brings to the community!

Patrick P. Pizzo