Archive for the ‘Park Maintenance’ Category

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.

 

 

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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We have lots to be Thankful for. Check out our latest Newsletter

Our Park shed was burglarized !

Our storage shed, we call the “Surf Shack”, was burglarized Saturday night on the 19th.

The GopherX,and the walk behind weed whacker were stolen. Nothing else appears to be missing and there was minimal damage to the shed. The Police Department have been notified and a Community Service officer was sent out and a report was taken along with photos. The GopherX is valued at $2000 and the Weed whacker around $700.  Damage to the shed was around $50.

The shed is located just behind the Five Islands Project close to the intersection of Meridian Ave and Oakglen Way in Jeffrey Fontana Park.

Please let us know if you might have seen a vehicle near the shed Saturday night. It’s so disappointing to all of the volunteers who work so hard to keep our parks maintained.  Our email address is:

SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com.

What will they think of next?

Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden Shines Again

Six years ago, Officer Fontana’s Memorial Rose Garden was adopted by the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors .  They  stepped up with grants to fund the upkeep of the garden on McAbee Road, and volunteered to work in the garden twice a year to help keep it maintained.

Saturday, May 25, the Realtors joined Martin Fontana Parks Association volunteers and two employees of San Jose’s Adopt-a-Park program, to weed, trim trees, remove plum tree suckers, and spread rose fertilizer and mulch over Jeffrey’s garden.

MFPA extends a big ‘THANKS” and job well done to Realtors Scott Raley, Doug Goss, Frank Cancilla and Neil Collins, assisted by MFPA members Linda Opp, Linda Wilson, Patrick Pizzo, Matt Mahan, and Chris Chen.

Thanks also to San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services for providing all the equipment needed.

*Wayne Opp, our new official MFPA photographer, aptly recorded the action. 

Wayne Opp

Don’t forget, as you pass by Fontana Park on McAbee Road, to stop and smell the roses and appreciate the beauty of the garden.

 

TJ Martin Beautification Project

Thanks to Scout Jason Graves and his Eagle Scout project, we will be seeing more beautiful native plants blooming under one of the electrical transmission towers in TJ Martin Park.  This particular tower is located between two towers in the middle just across from Glowing Court and Oakglen Way.

Helping with the project is Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s Project Coordinator, Larry Sasscer.

Thanks to Scout Jason and his fellow Scouts and volunteers for doing such a wonderful job.  We will be looking forward to seeing the fruits of all their labor in the years to come.

 

 

 

PRNS Deputy Director reveals new plan for our Parks at MFPA General Meeting

President Rod Carpenter called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm last Wednesday, Feb. 13, addressing an overflow audience of members and guests.

Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Deputy Director, Justin Long, summarized some of the changes that are being made to improve the efficiency of park maintenance.  A new “Activate San Jose” plan will be the new parks’ guiding document and should be in available to the public in June for community review.  MFPA will alert our members when it is presented.

Mr. Long and Dan Greeley, our Maintenance District Supervisor, spoke about the rodent problem affecting many San Jose parks, including ours.  They outlined the action that PRNS will be taking to alleviate the problem, and then answered questions from the floor.

Outgoing President, Rod Carpenter highlighted the achievements of MFPA during his two-year tenure:

  • Completion of the native plant Five Islands Project
  • Construction of the “Surf Shack” tool shed
  • Repair of the Meridian fence at TJ Martin Park
  • The Planting of over fifty new trees in both parks
  • Completion of the “Beautility” Water Vault Painting project
  • Partnership with PRNS Adopt-a-Park Program and Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, (SCCAOR), to maintain existing projects like the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden

Perhaps the most significant achievement of Rod’s term was the completion of the “Right of Entry” agreement with PRNS allowing MFPA to hire qualified contractors to work in the parks on MFPA projects!

Outgoing Secretary, Rich Grialou was honored with the “President’s Award” and received a plaque in appreciation of his contributions to MFPA.

President Rod Carpenter was presented with a plaque honoring his dedication and determination to oversee the accomplishments of the last two years.

The new Board of Directors goals for the next year include:

  • Ongoing maintenance projects with PRNS Adopt-a-Park and SCCAOR
  • The annual Heart of the Park Celebration on May 18, 2019
  • Continued collaboration with PRNS and the City to improve our parks