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Celebrating Beautility

Councilmember Johnny Khamis

has announced in his Nov. 2018 newsletter the following :

 

“Join us on Saturday, December 8th, at 8:30 AM, for an early morning celebration of the completion of the Beautility water vault painting project – a project to beautify local utility infrastructure in TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks.

There are twelve concrete block structures, called water vaults, throughout both parks, stretching from Almaden Expressway to Coleman Road. The Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) was interested in having murals painted on them to make them a more beautiful part of the park, instead of the boring concrete ‘blocks’ that they are. My team and I looked carefully through the District 10 Parks budget and found that there was funding available in the line item for Park Art. We proposed the idea to Michael Ogilvie, Director of Public Art for the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs, who was immediately excited about the project. He worked closely with our partners at the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD), the owners of the vaults, to get all the permissions and permitting required, and posted a Request for Proposal, seeking artists to paint the murals. A Review Panel was convened, which included community members, and six artists were selected, each given two vaults to paint. A grant was provided by the Water District to cover the cost of permitting, and the project moved forward.

Working out all the details and moving parts took many months, and we are excited to finally be able to celebrate the completion of this beautification effort. We are grateful to Michael for all the work he did to make this possible and those he partnered with here at the City, the Water District, and the MFPA to bring this special project to fruition. He found some amazing artists who have all done a fantastic job!

For the celebration on December 8th, we will be meeting near the dog park on Golden Oak Way at 8:30 AM. Several of the vaults are visible nearby, and a map will be provided to show the locations of all the vaults, along with the names of the artists. Guests are encouraged to walk through the park to view these lovely works of art.

This event will happen rain or shine. Canopies will be available should we be blessed with rain. Coffee and donuts will also be available.”

Another Art Box completed in Jeffrey Fontana Park

Thanks to Artist, Megan Stevens (http://www.meganstevens.com/), we have another beautiful addition to our park.

From this ugly block in front of Tree 13 to this beauty.

Our thanks to Michael Ogilvie, the City of San José Director of Public Art, Santa Clara County Water District & Councilmember, Johnny Khamis for making this project possible.

Vault Painting has begun

Vault painting has begun with artist, Vanessa Stafford.

The vault is just east of the pedestrian bridge in Jeffrey Fontana Park

 

Below is a note from Michael Ogilvie, the City of San José Director of Public Art:

 

“Dear Review Panel,

Good news! I just heard word that the bulk of construction work on the interior of the vaults by the water district’s contractor has been completed. They have given us a notice to proceed with painting starting this Saturday, 8/25. Our conservator is scheduled to pressure wash and clean the vaults on August 23 and 24th.

All work by the artists must be scheduled with the water district and I am working to coordinate the artist’s schedules and align those with servicing needs of the district.

The deadline to complete this project was moved to November 30. So, the artists have three months to complete the work.

If you see an artist painting in your park, feel free to say hi!”

Thanks and talk soon,

Michael Ogilvie

City of San José
Director of Public Art

 

Click on the link below for more info:

San Jose artists sought to paint murals on park…

 

Volunteer and Help

When are they going to paint those ugly blocks of concrete you ask, well

Fontana West near Tot Lot

here’s the scoop:

Remember last June when we told you about this project?  Here’s the link:  https://martinfontanaparksassociation.blog/2017/06/15/you-can-help-turn-the-eyesores-in-our-parks-into-works-of-art/.  We met the Artists on Feb. 10th of this year at the Almaden Community Center.

MFPA President Rod Carpenter hands out pins to the Artists present at the community meeting.

And they are:

Here’s the schedule:

May 19th – Artist design proposals will be unveiled at Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s annual Heart of the Park VIII event held in Jeffrey Fontana Park.

June 5th – The Public Art Committee will meet to review and approve the designs.

June 6th to November 30th – The Artists will be painting their designs on the vaults.

December – A dedication will be held.

 

 

Please note: None of this would have been possible without the support of

District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis and the City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.

 

District 10 Park Heroes

From left to right are Dave Poeschel, District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Patrick Pizzo, and Lee Pauser

On Feb. 8th 2018, Dave, Patrick, and Lee were awarded the status of “Park Heroes” at the State of the City address.  An award that was surely well deserved.  Congratulations, guys; for all you do for our parks.  When you see these guys, make sure to give them a pat on the back and say “Thank You” for all their hard work.

Dave hard at work

Pat Pizzo

Lee Pauser with one of his many bird friends

55 trees planted in Jeffrey Fontana & TJ Martin parks

On December 16th & January 6th., Our City Forest (OCF) held “Planting Parties” and a total of 55 new trees were planted in our Jeffrey Fontana & TJ Martin parks. The new trees were planted in select locations and in areas where dead or dying trees needed to be replaced. The professional staff of Our City Forest managed the program and provided direction and tools.

From left to right are MFPA Vice-President Richard Zahner, MFPA President Rod Carpenter, District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, and OCF Planting Manager Rob Castaneda

These plantings were a major “once in a decade” opportunity and the Martin Fontana Parks Association Board of Directors wants to give a big “Thank You” to the OCF staff, MFPA members, and all the other volunteers who came out and helped make it a success.

This program was initiated by PG&E early in 2017 when they asked the MFPA Board to partner with them to find locations for new trees to replace the ones they were required to remove along Almaden Expressway.  A team of MFPA members created a ‘Planting Plan’ for consideration of the City Park Staff and PG&E.  The PG&E planting guidelines that limit the mature tree height for any trees under the lines were taken in to account during the negotiations. This avoids any possible contact with the lines and costly annual tree trimming.

Our plan was adopted in principle by PG&E and used in negotiations with the City and County. PG&E finished the removal of over 150 trees along Alamaden Expressway in late summer and then provided funding to OCF to plant replacements in our parks.  MFPA finalized the Planting Plan locations and the OCF Arborist coordinated tree selection with the City and PG&E.

From left to right are District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, MFPA Project Manager Dave Poeschel, OCF rep, Brian O’Neill, and two others.

The trees were of the 15-gallon size from the OCF nursery. The City will provide water for a three-year program to assure survival of these young trees and OCF will manage the watering. Our continuing responsibility will be to support the OCF watering and report problems, if and when they occur.

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We hope you, your children, and future neighbors, will enjoy all the new trees and a have an attractive parks for decades.