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.

See what you missed at our last Heart of the Park Celebration

*Thanks to our MFPA photographer, Wayne Opp for all these great photos!

Heart of the Park Celebration

Getting ready for the Dog Parade

*Thanks to our MFPA photographer, Wayne Opp and former District 10 Councilmember. Johnny Khamis for their great photos.

The Founding Fathers of our Martin-Fontana Parks Association

Vince Piazisi, Dick Stevens, & Pier Maggiani receive Certificates of Appreciation from MFPA president, Linda Wilson for being the original founders of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association back in 2010 at yesterday’s Heart of the Park Celebration. (Photo by Johnny Khamis)

Thanks for coming out

Celebrating Our Parks

Who will be at our Heart of the Park event?

Almaden Valley Public Safety Net

Birds of Our Parks

California Native Plant Tour/Society

District 10 City Council Office

Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

Handmade Almaden Market

Master Gardeners of Santa Clara Valley

MFPA membership, raffle, & refreshment tables

Party by Alina Face Painting

San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

Volunteer Unit SJPD Crime Prevention Ice Cream Truck

Who will be donating the Raffle Prizes?

The Chuck and Gail Haywood Project

Pat Pizzo’s Bench

Pat helped design the native plant garden at the visitor center in Hellyer County Park. He began the installation in Jan 2020. The garden is evolving and growing. The maintenance staff installed Pat’s bench near the flag pole and under a valley oak at the center.


If you get a chance, please check it out and send energy out to Pat’s spirit thanking him for his vision with this garden. The park is located at 985 Hellyer Ave in San Jose.

*Thanks to Jason Gorman for the photos and to Deb Kramer, Executive Director of Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, for providing the information.