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Park Concerns

My name is Linda Wilson, former president of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association and current project manager of park enhancements provided by our nonprofit park adoption group.

TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks comprise roughly 33 acres of city park land running east/west under PG&E high tension power lines in Almaden Valley. 

The parks neighborhoods have two main concerns:  the construction of the pilot turf projects in Jeffrey Fontana Park near the dog parks, and the turf/weed conditions in both TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks. We formed in 2010 to stop PG&E’s removal of nearly 140 mature trees in our parks and were successful. Since then we have spent thousands of dollars planting native plants and trees, placing benches, and enhancing the bare skin areas of the parks that used to be weed filled eyesores. We have witnessed the severe deterioration of both parks over the last few months, and do not believe it can be blamed on our Parks Facilities Supervisor or his assistant.

In Jeffrey Fontana Park we donated $15,000 to a project begun in early 2022 using gopher wire as a base for two turf areas to see if they will remain gopher free. The areas were fenced off in November of 2021, and work was begun, removing existing turf, placing gopher wire, and bringing in good soil as a base for the turf.  It is still fenced in, squirrels have invaded one space, and weeds are growing prolifically.  Our park facilities manager and assistant manager are out of the information loop on the project and neighbors want to know when it will finally be completed.  This is not the fault of either Brian Schultz, or Melody Goodwin, who are not informed of the status of the work in this area.  

Neighbors want to know:  When will this project be completed, and who is the person in PRNS responsible for seeing the project is carried out to completion?

Both TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Park suffer from lack of water, and prolific weed growth.  TJ Martin Park from Meridian Avenue east to Vilmar and Sentinal Streets is about 80% weed growth and 20% sod.  Two days after a letter or complaint was sent to the District 10 Councilperson from concerned park neighbors, the worst area from Meridian to Burchell Ave. was mowed.  I have visited other parks in Almaden Valley and these two parks are far and away in worse condition than other District 10 parks.  Mowers are always broken and weeds have taken over.  We know the parks department is never funded enough, and there is a shortage of park maintenance staff.  However, TJ Martin park is in deplorable shape.  District 10 parks have always been underfunded due to the funding formula set up by the city.

Neighbors want to know:  Will TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks remain infested with thistles and weeds choking out grasses until they are not more than vacant lots unusable by children and adults for play and exercise?

Will there ever be a completion of the turf project in Fontana?  If so, when?

Will there ever be an attempt to bring grass back and kill the weeds that have taken over TJ Martin park?  If so, when?


Linda Wilson

Native Garden Islands Refreshed and Ready for Spring

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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!;!!Mt_FR42WkD9csi9Y!cfPraezIKqNuzgYJWXAIWf1UGtdK6w8AEIS8ZpUe6bo9omMo7Glvpyl32MPnDbHOqIV5ds1eKkPc5hLZ89-0sn7clRs$

PG&E is trimming & removing trees in our parks today

Golden Rain trees in Jeffrey Fontana Park

Per Linda Wilson, the Martin-Fontana Parks Association President, PG&E wanted to cut down and remove seven trees and trim several others.  After meeting with the MFPA team, the work was revised to the following:

Two “volunteer” trees growing in Jeffrey Fontana Park, east of Golf Creek, will be removed because they will eventually be a problem with the wires.

Four Golden Rain trees along Golden Oak Way will be trimmed instead of removed.

Tree 13 at the corner of Castello Drive and Golden Oak Way will be trimmed.

Tree 13

Several “volunteer’ trees along the fence line with the Villas will be removed or trimmed.  The Pyracantha will remain as well as the other brush.

In TJ Martin Park, one tree that shades the bench near Burchell Ave. will be trimmed instead of removed.

The Liquid Amber trees along Oak Glen Way will be sloped (trimmed) away from the wires.

Celebrating Our Parks

Not to worry

This weekend, some good folks from Our City Forest will come out to visit some of the beautiful California native plant landscaping projects that Pat Pizzo designed and led volunteers to build including along Capitancillos Dr. in the Oak Canyon neighborhood and the 5 Islands Project in Jeffrey Fontana Park. Don’t be alarmed if you see them snipping away at the plants. They will be collecting cuttings to root and grow in their 501(c)3 non-profit nursery for the benefit of all!

5 Islands Project in Jeffrey Fontana Park

Phased Approach to Opening Park Amenities

Playground and Exercise Equipment

TJ Martin Tot Lot

Following the new County and State orders and guidance, the City of San José’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services is taking a phased approach to reopening over 290 playgrounds and exercise equipment beginning on Friday, October 23.

Those who choose to use the newly opened amenities must follow all posted signage as well as County Public Health Orders. Guidelines for use include washing or sanitizing your hands before and after using playground/exercise equipment; wearing face coverings at all times; keeping a six-foot distance from those outside of your household; staying home if anyone in the household is ill; not sharing personal items or toys; and sanitizing equipment before and after use with EPA approved disinfectants as the equipment is not sanitized.

Parents and caretakers are responsible for ensuring that their children are playing safe and following all of the rules. Do your part to protect your family and others against COVID-19 by following these guidelines. The City of San José will continue to monitor our parks and facilities to ensure the safety and wellness of our community.

Jeffrey Fontana Dog Park

Dog Parks

San Jose’s 13 dog parks will open on Tuesday, June 9. Residents and their four-legged friends who choose to use the reopened dog parks must follow all posted signage and abide by all Santa Clara County Public Health Orders and conditions. This includes staying home if you or your pet are sick, and not entering a dog park if you can’t stay six feet away from others.

Dog park visitors must stay out of closed areas and not share recreational equipment with others. A face covering is required unless you meet the exemptions in the County Health Officer’s Critical Guidance on Face Coverings. Water fountains remain closed until further notice, please bring your own water.

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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

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