Archive for the ‘Park Maintenance’ Category

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

FOGOGPARK@gmail.com

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.

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park has a new kiosk

Come check it out

Thanks go to Kevin and Scout Troop 212 for this Eagle Scout project.

Saturday’s Volunteer Rose Pruning was a BIG SUCCESS!

On Saturday the 25th of Jan, with the help of over thirty volunteers and a their hard work, the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden was pruned and weeded. Members of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR) provided most of the muscle along with other volunteers.  Now the roses are all set for some beautiful blooms this coming season.

Linda Wilson, the President of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, provided 10 bags of mulch and some rose food.  MFPA member, Rosy Bowring brought along 2 dozen assorted doughnuts to feed the troops.  Adopt-a-Park’s Sue Bowling was there with the Adopt-a-Park trailer and work supplies.  Thanks also to Mollie Tobias, City of San Jose’s Program Manager for Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services for setting this all up.

Let us not forget who wasn’t there, Patrick Pizzo.

Pat was always there to show everybody how the trimming was done.  We will miss seeing his smiling face and having him show us how to trim a rose bush  Things just weren’t the same with out him being there.

A photo display of Pat was provided by MFPA member, Sunny Wagstaff, showing his many years of service and dedication in making our parks more beautiful with native plants.