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Jeffrey Fontana Park Beautification Project

Oct 01, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

1280-1290 Oakglen Way, San Jose, CA

Help restore the health and beauty of the west end of Jeffrey Fontana park! Tools, water and snacks will be provided. We suggest you bring your own gloves and wear protective shoes, shirts with sleeves, and jeans to cover your legs! STUDENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST HAVE WRITTEN PARENT PERMISSION. Community service hours will be provided to students who volunteer.

Workday volunteers who attend our Heart of the Park event on October 29th will get a free large pumpkin!https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jeffrey-fontana-park-beautification-project-tickets-420771297277__;!!Mt_FR42WkD9csi9Y!cfPraezIKqNuzgYJWXAIWf1UGtdK6w8AEIS8ZpUe6bo9omMo7Glvpyl32MPnDbHOqIV5ds1eKkPc5hLZ89-0sn7clRs$

It’s Spring Cleanup at Jeffrey Fontana Park

A big THANKS to Michele LaPlante, our Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) Volunteer Coordinator, and Michele Dexter, the Community Relations representative from the District 10 City Council office for their coordination on a successful “Spring Cleaning” Saturday May 7th at the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden and the California native plant garden on McAbee Road.

Volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS met for their annual spring clean up of the rose garden, as well as some weeding and pruning on the east side of McAbee at the CA native garden.  They were joined by a large group of volunteers from the Church of the Latter Day Saints.  The volunteers filled a large Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) dump truck twice, with green waste from weeding, pruning, and trimming the trees and plants in the gardens. 

Thanks also, to the PRNS Volunteer Unit, who came out Saturday morning with all the tools and wheelbarrows needed for the cleanup effort. 

PRNS Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Bowling, helped with the sign in and MFPA member Chris Reed was there to give guidance in the native garden work area.   Together, all the helping hands put in a morning of great effort to create two garden spaces that all the park community can enjoy.

*Thanks to our new MFPA photographer, Jack Wollenweber, a Bellarmine College Preparatory school student for all the nice photos.

APRIL 2022

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Finally, a Dream is becoming a Reality

Turf removal has begun

Several years ago, Martin-Fontana Park Association members, Gail and Chuck Haywood,

The Haywoods

had a dream of having a smooth patch of lawn where people and dogs could relax under the trees by the dog park.  They eventually moved out of the area, but before they left, they donated $2000 to MFPA in the hope that someday their dream would become a reality.

Last year the San Jose City Council, with the urging of D-10 Councilman Matt Mahan’s office, set aside park funding for a pilot turf project in Jeffrey Fontana Park in front of the dog park.  A combination of $7000 from the D-10 Council office, $15,000 from Martin-Fontana Parks Association, and $20,000 from the San Jose Neighborhood Parks and Recreation Services Department. NPRS is funding this pilot project in our park as a way to determine if gopher wire can be an effective means of protecting the turf in our parks.

In mid-January of 2022, the work of removing old turf and rocks from the park area began.  When that step Is completed, PRNS will lay gopher wire in the bare space and plant turf over the wire.  The project will eventually expand to the entire turf area in front of the dog park. 

When you visit the park make sure to follow the progress of this pilot endeavor to create a safe turf area for playing, picnicking, and relaxing. 

*Here’s a link from a previous posting with more info: https://martinfontanaparksassociation.blog/2021/09/11/the-chuck-and-gail-haywood-project/.

Come out and smell the roses has been canceled!

Martin-Fontana Parks Association and the San Jose Parks Dept. are sponsoring a

Get the Rose Garden Ready for Spring! event.

This event has been canceled due to COVID

Where:  The rose garden at the west side of McAbee Road and Golden Oak Way.  

When: Saturday, Jan. 22nd from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

What:  Join your Park Association to weed, prune and feed the roses and get them ready for a spring bloom!

How:  This is a COVID safe event, so bring a picture ID and proof of vaccination.  Wear a mask, long sleeves, clothing that covers your legs, (thorns are sharp), and closed shoes. No experience necessary, train on the job!  Join the work party as your time allows and help Jeffrey Fontana’s Memorial Rose Garden sparkle.


To sign up and/or get more info, go to Eventbrite.com. You can also sign up at the park on Saturday.

Five Islands Ready for Winter

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who came out Nov. 14th and worked for several hours pruning, clearing brush, cleaning the pathway and the Antje Hirt memorial bench. The crew consisted of Christine Noordam, Michele La Plante, Kelly Shepherd, Linda Wilson, Dave Poeschel, Dan and Ian Judd, Rich Grialou, and Christopher Reed.  Now the native plants in all five islands and the pathway are ready for a winter nap.

Special thanks to Ernie Hirt who came out to enjoy the bench under the oak tree that commemorates his late wife.  Ernie and his wife were among the 46 neighbors who originally formed MFPA to save our park trees from the PG&E chain saws back in 2010.

Once again, thank you all so much!

Linda Wilson,

President of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association

*For those who don’t know where the Five Islands are, they are located at the west end of Jeffrey Fontana Park. They consist of 5 individual native plant islands.

Celebrating Our Parks

The Chuck and Gail Haywood Project

Volunteers Spruce up Native Plant Islands

Island A

On June 6th, 2021, a hard working group of 18 volunteers signed up with the San Jose Parks  Recreation & Neighborhood Services Dept. to help the Martin-Fontana Parks Association prepare the Jeffrey Fontana Park’s two largest native plant islands ready for the long hot summer.

Wearing face masks and after passing COVID temperature checks, the volunteers went to work on the two islands to pull out dead native plants, prune back the spreading plants. To help conserve water over the summer, they hauled several buckets of mulch to cover the bare ground around the plants. The unused mulch from the ten cubic feet delivered by South Bay Materials will be added later in the summer. MFPA member donations funded the mulch purchase and will fund needed replacement plants in the late fall.