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.

“BEAUTILITY” – The Art in our two Parks has been completed.

Now it’s time for you to come out and take the tour:

The folks who made it all happen.  Thanks so much for adding more beauty to our two parks.

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A BIG Thank You

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MFPA sends a big THANK YOU to the group of realtors who came out Saturday, Nov. 17 to spruce up the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden.  Five years ago, the Santa Clara County Realtors Foundation adopted Jeffrey’s rose garden and have worked in the garden twice a year to keep it maintained.  Although the day was smoky, and the air quality was poor, they pulled weeds, lightly pruned plants, and spread mulch to control future weeds.  This group has donated over $3000 to Martin-Fontana Parks Association that has been used to purchase replacement plants, mulch, and garden materials since they first adopted the area in 2013.  Their funding and volunteers have been a crucial part of keeping the garden a fitting memorial to Officer Fontana.

Sincerely,
Linda Wilson
Past President and Membership Chair, MFPA

A updated video of the Five Island Project by Patrick Pizzo

These Islands were created by the Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) to provide alternative landscape features using California Native plants. The five berms, or islands, are situated between Heritage Coast Live Oaks and were finalized in January of 2018.  They are in Jeffrey Fontana Park just across the street from 1278 Oakglen Way in San Jose.

With all this rain the fish are jumping!

Thanks to Artist Andrew Kong Knight (http://andrewkongknight.com/),

we have this beautiful fish pond in the middle of TJ Martin Park.

Come check it out and bring your fishing pole.