Saving the Western Bluebird

According to the California Bluebird Recovery Program, (CBRP), newsletter, “Bluebirds Fly” Vol. 25, No. 1, Winter 2019, Lee Pauser was the top producer of 2018 out of 13 California counties.  He was responsible for the fledging of 1,850 birds (fledge means the bird has acquired the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity), and within that total he was responsible for the fledging of 701 Western Bluebirds.  Pretty impressive results!

Over the years, bluebirds have lived and reproduced in California. However, due to development in rural areas, much of their preferred habitat has been destroyed.

Lee’s primary activities are around birding.  However, he still finds time to lend a hand with the different Martin-Fontana Parks Association projects and taking care of the Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.    He is primarily involved in Owl, Duck and hawk/falcon nesting boxes.

When you see Lee, tell him ‘well done’!

VIDEO: Project Beautility: beautifying utility boxes

In a partnership with the City of San José, the water district sponsored the painting of 12 murals. Six local artists adorned the utility vaults at the Jeffrey Fontana Park and TJ Martin Park in Almaden Valley that provide access to one of the most important water pipelines in our region.

Check out the video:

*The Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) had been interested in having murals painted on them to make them a more beautiful part of the park, instead of the boring concrete ‘blocks’ that they are.

 

Fontana Memorial Rose Garden Volunteer Event

Thank You Leland Teen Volunteers!

Several teens from Leland High School spent their Saturday morning in the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden pruning intimidating, thorny, rose bushes.

A big MFPA Thank You to the Leland teen volunteers who turned out to prune the roses and prepare the garden for spring.

Thanks also to the PRNS Adopt-a-Park leader, Mollie Tobias and the Adopt-a-Park crew who were on hand to supply tools and people power.

Also helping were PRNS parks employee, Edmund, and MFPA members Scott Raley, Teresa Wellman, Linda Wilson, and Rich Grialou. MFPA member Patrick Pizzo led the effort and instructed everyone in the pruning techniques.

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“Pruning Party” this Saturday

Theresa Allen & Dave Walsh plug in the roses.

 

The Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden is having a “Pruning Party” this Saturday, January 26 at the corner of McAbee and Golden Oak Way.  


Join your park neighbors for Registration at 8:45, and Pruning from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (or noon).
 
Try your hand at pruning roses, instruction provided for beginners, as we ready Officer Fontana’s Memorial Rose Garden for the spring awakening!
 
All tools, gloves, coffee, water, donuts are provided.  Be sure to wear long sleeves and pants to keep the thorns at bay.
 
Sponsored by  the San Jose Parks Dept. Adopt-a-Park program and the
Martin-Fontana Parks Association.

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park Meeting Notice

It’s All About The Oaks! The Future of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

Do you like to take walks in the park? Interested in helping to advance the future of the park? Good stewardship includes community participation! Please come learn about the new “Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park”! Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Place: Almaden Community Center (6445 Camden Avenue, San Jose, 95120) Purpose: To bring together volunteers who are interested in the future of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park. If you enjoy goats grazing in the park, the beauty of the blue oaks, and the availability of nature and wildlife right in our city, please join us for this introductory meeting. Questions? Or if you’d like to join our email list, please call/text (408) 595-3483 or email ParkVolunteer@sanjoseca.gov Volunteers Create The Future! Please Join Us!

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park Group formed

This is to inform you that Lee Pauser , David Poeschel  and myself, have created a Groups.io website for Guadalupe Oak Grove Park:

https://groups.io/g/GuadalupeOakGrovePark

The objective of the group:

Is to provide park advocates and park users a forum to learn about, and discuss, on-going vegetation management issues. We encourage all to post photos and/or links describing the flora and fauna in our park.

Please consider joining the group: and spread the word.

Thanks for considering.

Patrick P. Pizzo

Don’t forget your MFPA is a tax-exempt organization

Our membership fees are only

$20 per individual or $35 per family per year

Martin-Fontana Parks Association needs your support.  2018 proved to be a milestone for our nonprofit group.  We finally have written agreements that will allow us to hire contractors using MFPA funds to complete those projects the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services cannot budget.  The Five Islands project was completed with the construction of a decomposed granite pathway.  MFPA invested $9,000 of your membership donations for this task. The last step will be the installation of informational signage about the native plants.  Currently, Larry Sasscer & Richard Grialou are working on repairing the fence along Meridian at TJ Martin Park,

and exploring the possibilities of replacing a section of turf near the dog park.  All 12 of the water vaults in TJ Martin & Jeffrey Fontana Parks have become works of art thanks to some great artists, District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Michael Ogilvie, San Jose’s Director of Public Art for the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD).

Our members’ support helped convince the City that our parks need better maintenance.  This has led to some new additions to the maintenance staff and more work being done in TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks. However, after years of cutbacks in the budget and manpower, park users and supporters will need to continue to advocate for better park services.

Lastly, we have continued our dialogue with PG&E regarding the preservation of our parks most precious resource; our trees.  In 2010 MFPA was formed to save the park trees from being removed by them.  Today we negotiate annually to protect our trees.  Your Membership affirms our community’s intent to PG&E that we are serious about them being respectful of these priceless resources.  So far we have been consistently successful getting them to agree to prune rather than remove these trees.

That’s why your membership is sorely needed. We hope you will take this opportunity to become a member by filling out a membership form and mailing it to us with your check or you may choose to use Pay Pal at our website:   https://martinfontanaparksassociation.blog/membership-3/.   Your renewal is valid for one year.  You may also choose to become a sponsor, with a family membership included in a sponsorship of $100 or more.  All membership and sponsorship donations are tax-deductible.   We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

With your support we will continue to advocate making our parks a better experience for all.  We value your membership and thank you for helping to make a difference in our neighborhood!  Please email us at SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.