Archive for the ‘Park Maintenance’ Category

Watering Team to Revive (?) New Tree

Four intrepid volunteers have formed a watering team for the newly planted natural Coast Live Oak tree planted in the Heritage Grove. Rich Grialou, Brandon Koehne, Dave Gonzalez and Dave Poeschel make up the team who will water weekly and try to revive the tree.

Heritage Tree placque

The grove of multi-trunked Coast Live Oak trees was designated a Heritage Tree site by the City of San Jose in 2011.  Two years ago, PG&E removed two diseased trunks of one of the oaks and the City Arborist recommended planting a replacement tree.  Martin-Fontana Parks Association helped pay for the tree with the agreement that Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services would plant it. Late in February, park staff planted the Coast Live Oak.  Planting was a big job because the tree was in a 24″ box, bigger than anything we had ever planted before. Although the tree has completely browned out, the branches are still alive, so our MFPA team will be working diligently to bring the tree back to life!

Memorial Rose Garden Clean Up

The Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) thanks all of you in the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) and the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Adopt-a-Park Program for your help in establishing the recent work day in the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden.

Thanks to the Adopt-a-Park for providing all the tools

This year, 2021, marks the seventh year since the realtors in SCCAOR adopted the rose garden, donated funds to help keep it up, and have recruited volunteers to work each spring and winter to keep Jeffrey’s garden a delight for all park visitors.  Saturday, Feb. 6 continued this tradition, with 30 realtors and adopt-a-park volunteers spreading throughout the garden to pull weeds, remove ground cover choking out some rose bushes, and cutting out the prune tree suckers that spring up every year.  

Abiding by COVID restrictions, the masked volunteers worked in the warm February sunshine to get the garden ready for spring and the new rose growth to come.    Lots of mulch was spread to prevent weed growth, and plans for a June work day were set in motion. The rose bushes provided an abundance of thorns to keep everyone on their toes as they worked through the garden.

The event was set up and organized by Elisabeth Krienke of PRNS and Anna Lopez with the Realtor Group. Don Jessup and Neil Collins provided leadership for the realtors’ efforts, and Jose Ruiz from PRNS pitched in with much needed manpower to head up the green waste collection and clean up.

*Special thanks to Wayne Opp, our MFPA photographer, who captured the spirit of the day with his photos.

Nurturing Nature at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

Dave Poeschel shows how it’s to be done

Thanks to all our volunteers who came out last Sunday the 15th., including our District 10 San Jose City Councilmember-elect Matt Mahan, to give the tender loving care needed to keep our natural oasis thriving!

Matt and Jason returning from the top of Blue Oak Hill after leading youth to plant a dozen sites with the acorns that mighty blue oaks, quercus douglassii, will grow — and the 40 lb. bucket of water needed for each oak!

Volunteers provided the watering needed for the many small acorn sprouts, as the rains had not yet provided the moisture that was needed.

New, wire cages, were placed around the growth of small sprouts so that they will be able to thrive in the natural environment.

*Thanks to Jason Spitzer & Matt Mahan for all the photos

The Five Islands in Fontana Park are Ready for Winter!

No, they’re not Zombies emerging from the woods, they’re volunteers.

Halloween Day saw several masked Martin-Fontana Parks Association volunteers meet at the Five Islands in Jeffrey Fontana Park with rakes in hand.  Forty bags of mulch were spread among the islands by the hard working volunteers, assuring that the Islands were tucked in and ready for the winter rains.  To help keep the weeds at bay, the MFPA volunteers spread Preen (a weed preventer that stops weeds from germinating) around the islands.  After running short on mulch, Stacey Winters made a run to Outdoor Supply Hardware to return with enough mulch to finish the job!

Many thanks to Pieter Noordam, Dan and Michelle Judd with son Jared, Stacey Winters, Dave Poeschel, Rich Grialou, Kelly Shepherd and husband, Dave Gonzales, Star Taylor, organizer Linda Wilson, and MFPA Photographer Wayne Opp.  Additional thanks to Pat Burrow who also contributed pictures of the hard working masked team.

A  bench dedicated to Antje Hirt, a former MFPA member who spent many mornings walking her little dog in the park, has provided a quiet place to sit and contemplate for several park walkers since its installation last summer.  Plans are being made to compliment the bench with a Manzanita plant on each side.

HATS OFF TO OUR MFPA VOLUNTEERS!!!

Guadalupe Oak Grove event

You can use the following link to sign up:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nurturing-nature-at-guadalupe-oak-grove-park-tickets-127415239411

Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Strike Team in Action!

T J Martin Park neighbors, with back yards adjacent to the park from Burchell Avenue to Weimar Avenue, woke up to the sounds of chain saws, trucks and heavy equipment at 8:30 am the morning of Thursday, Oct. 8.

After years of allowing the growth of weeds, volunteer tree sprouts, and dense brush build-up, the fence line area was in for a good grooming!  A strike team from Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) brought workers and equipment to clear out the large area that had become a dumping ground for litter, and a nocturnal meeting place for partying. 

The large mountain of mulch, deposited three years ago, was moved to the Fleet St. rose garden where MFPA member, Larry Sasscer, spread it among the roses and native plants to deter weed growth and hold in moisture.  Tree canopies were lifted to provide an easy sight line down the fence line while shrubs were pruned or removed to enhance the area.

The PRNS team worked from 8:30 am to noon clearing out and cleaning up the former nuisance area which had been left to grow wild for the last ten years.  Martin-Fontana Parks Association brought the blighted area to the attention of PRNS, and thanks them for their hard work and effort they made to clean it up.  Now it is once again an area of TJ Martin Park where walkers can enjoy the variety of birds and native plants along the fence line.

*Thanks to our MFPA President, Linda Wilson, for the story and photos

Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services is hiring a full-time gardener!

The City of San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department is hiring a full-time gardener to plan and execute landscaping operations and maintain our outdoors spaces healthy and beautiful. To apply, please complete an application by visiting bit.ly/sjgardenerjob. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 13. If you have questions, please email dominique.voelker@sanjoseca.gov

What’s the only tree in our parks with a name? Find out in our August Newsletter.

For the complete 4 page newsletter go to:  https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/newsletter-august-2020.pdf or just click on the image above.

GOGP Volunteer Day

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Volunteers Needed

San José Parks and Rec needs volunteers to support San José parks during this challenging time. Volunteers can help their neighbors and get outdoors in places like Alum Rock Park and the Municipal Rose Garden. All volunteers must wear a face covering and keep a 6-foot distance from others. For more info & to sign up: bit.ly/32RGmOZ.