Archive for the ‘MFPA’ Category

TJ Martin Tot Lot Bench Refinished

Thanks to Scout Nathan Bird and some help and guidance from MFPA member Larry Sasscer, the bench was refinished to look like new again.  The work on the bench should help Nathan achieve his Eagle Scout status.

Now it’s safe to sit & watch the kids play.  Thanks so much, guys.

What would you have us do with $44,000 to spend in our Jeffrey Fontana & TJ Martin parks

I’m Robert Braunstein, Vice President of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association.

We have just signed a groundbreaking Right of Entry agreement with the City of San Jose that allows us to work on certain projects using contractors we hire.  Our association has $44,000 to spend on these projects. My question to you is, what are the most important issues in the TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks right now that need to be addressed?  If there is an issue you feel particularly strongly about, let me know if you would like to join a project management group to work on a specific fix.

Please reply with your opinion at SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Robert hard at work refinishing the Tot Lot fence in Jeffrey Fontana Park.

Have you been to the Islands yet?

Well you don’t have to go far.  Just drop by Jeffrey Fontana Park at the corner of Meridian Avenue and Oakglen Way and you will see our beautiful 5 Islands display of native plants.  Stroll around the Islands, find a plant you like, check the name on the plant ID signs, head to your nursery, and add one to your yard.  Mother Nature will thank you.

Almaden Valley Nursery has a wonderful island displaying some of the plants they have available for sale.

Check out East Bay Wilds‘ Island:

Then there’s DGDG‘s Island:

And don’t forget PG&E‘s Island:

And last but not least, is the Presidents’ Island, so named for the past MFPA Presidents who we want to thank for their generous donations to make this island possible:

In fact we want to thank all these generous organizations for their contributions of either Plants or Monetary donations.  We couldn’t do it without you.

 

Come on out.  The Islands await you.

 

In case you are wondering, here are our new Board of Directors

From left to right they are Treasurer Rich Zahner, Secretary Rich Grialou, Member at Large Mike Kalashian, Past President Linda Wilson, Vice President Robert Braunstein, President Rod Carpenter, Member at Large Pat Wagstaff, Director Rosy Bowring, Director Linda Opp, and Director Michelle Judd.

Here are Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s new Board of Directors as presented at the annual General Membership meeting that was held on the 28th of February at the Almaden Community Center.  We want to welcome our new Directors shown below:

From left to right are Director Michelle Judd, President Rod Carpenter, and Director Rosy Bowring.

Our previous 2017 Board was, from left to right, Pat Wagstaff (Recording Secretary), Greg Caillat (Director), Robert Braunstein (Director), Sunny Wagstaff (Director), Mike Kalashian (Treasurer), Rich Grialou (Director), Dick Stevens (PG&E Negotiations Chair but not a Board member), Linda Wilson (Past President), Rod Carpenter (President), and Linda Opp (Correspondence Secretary).  Not present was our new Vice President,Rich Zahner.

Receiving appreciation awards were Mike Kalashian, Pat Wagstaff, & Sunny Wagstaff

 

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.

 

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.

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