Archive for the ‘Our City Forest’ Category

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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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.

 

 

 

PG&E will PAY to have OCF plant a tree in your front yard

Replacement trees will be planted before the end of the year to replace all those removed from Almaden Expressway as part of the PG&E Gas Line Safety Program. Your Martin-Fontana Parks Association has negotiated for allocating 55 trees to the two parks and a few to replace dead street trees on adjacent streets.

All new trees will be selected and planted by Our City Forest, a non-profit dedicated to planting trees through out the City.

If you have room for a new tree, please send an email to SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com to be considered. We have a limited number of trees for this program so please respond soon and get put on the list. Since the number of trees is limited there is no guarantee that every request will be fulfilled. We will submit a list to OCF soon – Do you want a free tree?

Vandals chop up 23 more trees again!

One of 23 trees cut at their base hangs from its support along Meridian Avenue in San Jose, Calif., Monday morning, July 18, 2016.  The Chinese Fringe Trees were apparently targeted late last week.  (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

One of 23 trees cut at their base hangs from its support along Meridian Avenue in San Jose, Calif., Monday morning, July 18, 2016. The Chinese Fringe Trees were apparently targeted late last week. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

In a Friday’s Mecury News article:

“In what Berry calls the worst vandalism she’s ever seen, someone has targeted the trees along Meridian Avenue and Dry Creek Road by sawing off their trunks in the middle of the night. Berry said it appears the vandals used an electric saw to chop up more than a quarter mile strip of trees.”

To read the complete article click here.

Seventeen Trees Planted in our Parks

On Sat. June 18th., a crew from Our City Forest, along with volunteers, planted a total of 17 trees at TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks.  OCF worked with the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services Department to determine the planting locations.  All trees planted were on  PG&E’s approved tree list for trees under power lines. Twelve trees were planted in east TJ Martin Park near Meridian Ave.
Two trees were planted along the curb of Oakglen Way in Jeffrey Fontana Park,
two were planted along the curb south of the dog parks, and
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one was planted near the Fontana statue.
Funds were provided by a grant OCF had for tree planting and watering.  Thanks so much for all the hard work provided by the volunteers.  This will help to replace some of the many dead trees felled by the drought.

Turf Reduction work party a huge success!

THANKS !  VOLUNTEERS!

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Martin-Fontana Parks Association receives another award.

Our City Forest celebrated Twenty Years of Volunteers by honoring two decades of volunteer spirit & dedication by passing out these beautiful framed awards.   Attending the event were MFPA President Linda Wilson, Secretary Pat Wagstaff and her husband, Sunny.  Also in attendance was San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis.   The ceremony was held on August the 2nd. at the Camden Community Center.