Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services is hiring a full-time gardener!

The City of San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department is hiring a full-time gardener to plan and execute landscaping operations and maintain our outdoors spaces healthy and beautiful. To apply, please complete an application by visiting bit.ly/sjgardenerjob. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 13. If you have questions, please email dominique.voelker@sanjoseca.gov

It’s A Beautiful Day!!

October 17-18 is Beautiful Day 2020! Since its inception in 2004, Beautiful Day has sought to invest in communities with simple, direct, and unyielding kindness. Each work project is an act of no-strings-attached service for those who are otherwise unable to help themselves. I have been honored to have Beautiful Day operating in District 10 and to have participated in many of their projects over the years. You can participate in this year’s projects as a volunteer! 

This year, they have 21 projects spread throughout Santa Clara County. Two of them are in District 10, in the Almaden area. The first is a wall painting project at Coleman and Almaden Expressway, that will also involve putting down weed barrier. The second is updating and improving the Learning Center at the City of San Jose Corporation Yard at Almaden Expressway and McAbee/Winfield. 

To sign up for the Almaden/Coleman project, please click here. This project can utilize volunteers ages 14 and up. 

To view all their projects, including the Learning Center near Almaden Lake, visit https://beautifulday.org and click on 2020 Projects. 

Park Closures

The City of San José Department of Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Services is temporarily closing several park locations due to poor air quality for the health and safety of park guests and staff. As an employer, the health and safety of our parks staff is our top priority, and all outdoor activities are being reduced as much as possible.

Closures include the following regional parks:

  • Almaden Lake
  • Alum Rock Park
  • Edenvale Gardens Regional Park
  • Emma Prusch Farm Park
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Guadalupe Oak Grove
  • Lake Cunningham Park
  • Municipal Rose Garden
  • Overfelt Gardens

These locations will reopen as air quality improves and staff is allowed to return to outdoor work. Neighborhood parks remain accessible to the public with the exception of Lincoln Glen, which is under construction. Per AQI – Sensitive groups, such as people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else is advised to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

Post Date:09/11/2020 2:00 PM

For updates and details on reopened facilities and amenities, please visit bit.ly/prnsreopens.

What’s the only tree in our parks with a name? Find out in our August Newsletter.

For the complete 4 page newsletter go to:  https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/newsletter-august-2020.pdf or just click on the image above.

Support Guadalupe Oak Grove Park’s Unique Environment

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park – a natural wonder worth preserving

The Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park formed as an alliance of neighbors and park patrons concerned about the long-term stewardship of a uniquely-natural park in San Jose. Guadalupe Oak Grove Park has very little in the way of amenities, such as buildings or equipment, but rather is left in its natural state, complete with beautiful native oaks, wildflowers, and typical Santa Clara Valley flora and fauna.

The Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park have been putting together dedicated volunteer efforts for the past few years, clearing and trimming and cleaning up trails and making certain that Guadalupe Oak Grove Park remains the community treasure that it is intended to be.

Sheep and goats have been brought in to help clear and trim the natural plants in way that helps preserve the wonder of the park without disturbing it or imposing less natural maintenance.

The City of San Jose provides support for these efforts, but with limited funds, there is more work than there is funding, so the volunteer work is even more important. The Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park is seeking donations from people who care about this park and the natural habitat that it uniquely houses. Every dollar counts.

https://sanjoseparksfoundation.networkforgood.com/projects/80369-guadalupe-oak-grove-park-fund

Thanks for helping out on Volunteer Day

Wow! Thank you Laurie and your high school young men and our usual “Stars” — a lot of ground covered. We may have finished watering our trees for the year and many will now be able to make it on their own for the next couple hundred years. Stay tuned for this fall’s planting events — more oaks and natives shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers.

Keep your pet safe in this hot weather

 

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GOGP Volunteer Day

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2010 – The Community Calls

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.