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Heart of the Park Thanks

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for our Heart of the Park event last weekend.  And another big thank you to those who participated in the Dog Parade and Raffle. Congratulations to the Winners!

To the person who won the 49ers Autographed Football:  Please contact Nancy at 408-398-4601 to receive your Certificate of Authenticity.  And to anyone reading this post, if you know the person who won please relay this message to him.  Thank you!

Football 2018

Current Newsletter Available

Please click below for the May 2018 Newsletter:

https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/newsletter-may-2018-final-version.pdf

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park Proposed Amphitheater

MFPA has not endorsed this proposal yet but has posted it so that you our readers can express your views on the proposal.

This information concerns our adjacent neighborhood park, the Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.  There is a proposal before the Open Space Authority (SCCOSA) to create an ‘amphitheater’ in the more-or-less open area just west of the rest-room in the GOGP. The amphitheater would be for daytime, youth educational-events.   The amphitheater is in the original, 1987 Master Plan for the GOGP and one can see an ‘concept sketch’ on the information board/kiosk, just west of the restroom.  You may view the proposal at the following URL:
https://www.openspaceauthority.org/system/user_files/Documents/17-18%20MQUOS%20Apps/San%20Jose%20Guadalupe%20–%20Application.PDF

The 1987 Master Plan for the Guadalupe Oak Grove Park is at:

https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/guadalupe-oak-grove-park.pdf

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park sign (1)

April is San Jose Volunteer Month

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A big Thank You to Mollie and Sue with Adopt-a-Park.  Tuesday, April 10 volunteers from middle, high school and Boy Scout troops joined with nearly 20 OSH volunteers in Jeffrey Fontana Park to spread 100 bags of mulch, pull tons of weeds and trim a tree that had become a huge shrub! Both the Scout gardens on the east side of McAbee and the Memorial Garden on the west side of McAbee were cleaned and mulched.  Then they weeded the Thorntree Drive native plant shrubs. Thanks to PRNS who picked up a ton of green waste from the work day.

Wednesday the school and Scout volunteers reported to TJ Martin Park at Burchell Ave. They trimmed shrubs, pulled a huge pile of weeds, and spread mulch down the fence line separating the homes from the park.  A great group, couldn’t have asked for more!  A big thanks to MFPA members Sunny Wagstaff, Larry Sasscer and Christine Noordam who worked with the volunteers on Tuesday in Fontana Park.  On Wednesday, MFPA members Rich Grialou, Sunny Wagstaff and Patrick Pizzo led the work party in TJ Martin.  Patrick Pizzo taught the kids how to weed, thin out crepe myrtle shrubs, and showed them the difference between a weed and a native plant that should remain.  The kids loved the experience and their teacher!

Biggest kudos to Sue Bowling from Adopt-a-Park who made sure things were done right, tools were kept in good shape and accounted for, and kept the kids going with her humor.  Finally, thanks to Michele Dexter from D-10 councilman Khamis’s office for including our parks in the work effort and arranged for the volunteers.

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Saving our feathered friends is local man’s goal

This is an article from the August 11th Almaden Times.

“Citizen Scientist” Lee Pauser has been building, installing, and monitoring nest boxes (the proper term for bird-houses) for 16 years.  He caters to 18 different species, ranging from Chickadees and Tree Swallows to Western Bluebirds, American Kestrels, Barn Owls and Wood Ducks.  He also works with Silicon Valley Wildlife Center to release rehabilitated birds back into the wild.

You can check out the rest of the article at: https://timesmedia.pageflip.site/editions/AT12649#page/1

 

You Make the Difference!

Thank you all for your park advocacy!  Our members called and emailed city council members and attended  budget meetings to bring city awareness to the desperate need for increased maintenance in our older neighborhood parks.  Your message was heard.  The new parks budget contains nine newly funded maintenance positions city-wide.  This is the first increase in maintenance personnel since 2008!

Our membership now includes 165 family and single memberships, with a total of 353 actual members.  You have allowed MFPA to play a major role in advocating a turn around of the City’s attitude toward parks.  Park maintenance finally was addressed in council meetings and budget talks. We look forward to seeing a gradual improvement in the care of our parks.

 

A big “Thank You to MFPA members, Chuck and Gail Haywood,

 

who have made a generous contribution to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association with the intent that a special fund be established to restore a section of the grass area in Fontana Park making it usable by all park goers.  New water piping, removal of gophers, and new grass seeding would all be part of a long-range plan.

The Haywoods stated in their letter that they remembered a time when kids played on the grass, dogs romped, and couples would sit under the trees or families would picnic.  Our parks can be all this again if we share that dream of how it once was and work to make it a reality.

 

 

If you would like to become a contributor to this effort, please send your contribution to  our new address: 

Martin-Fontana Parks Association,
6081 Meridian Ave., Suite 70 #246,
San Jose, CA 95120.

 

We have a new Address and New Logo

Martin-Fontana Parks Association
6081 Meridian Avenue
Suite 70 #246
San Jose, CA 95120

You can also reach us at:  SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com too.