Posts Tagged ‘Adopt-a-Park’

District 10 sets aside $250,000 for Guadalupe Oak Grove Park woodland management

On December 4, 2017, Mollie Tobias of the City’s Adopt-a-Park program and her crew, including our Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services maintenance team, supported the Swath Project in the Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.  You may recall that the Swath is a section of our park, between the east and central trails, 30 foot wide and about 420 foot long, in which 1-year Blue and Valley Oak seedlings were flagged.

These small ‘starts’ have been out competed by Coast Live Oak saplings for years.  They are encroaching from two main areas: the dog-park entry area, near the Villas of Almaden and the main GOGP entry off of Thorntree.  As a result, our open Blue and Valley oak woodland on the Valley floor has been transitioning to a closed Oak woodland.  It was initially thought that the Blue and Valley oaks were not regenerating.  However, Lee Pauser, Dave Poeschel and I found that these starts were there and were just being out-competed by Coast Live Oak saplings and the unmanaged European grasses.

The idea of the Swath is to demonstrate this regeneration by removing the Coast Live Oak saplings, then caging the Blue and Valley Oak starts to protect them from wildlife, providing occasional summer water, and promoting their establishment through the removal of weeds and grasses adjacent to these starts. Preserving the unique GOGP (one of the last two remaining Valley and Oak woodlands in the Santa Clara Valley) requires woodland management and Monday’s effort is a first step!   Thanks to the commitment of District 10 and our Councilman Johnny Khamis, funding at a level of $250K has been set-aside to involve H.T. Harvey and Associates, environmental consultants, in the woodland management of this park!

We ant to thank the dozen volunteers from the Signifyd Company for their help in coordination with project leads Lee Pauser and I.  Ninety-five percent of the scheduled work was performed between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on the workday!  I’m sure there will be a lot of sore muscles and a few bruises at Signifyd come Tuesday!

Park users should see a notable difference in the condition of the park in the area of the Swath.  This is illustrated in the photo comparison below.

Thanks again to all involved.

Patrick Pizzo

 

Tree Planting Volunteers Needed to Help OCF in December and January

Volunteer Opportunity – A once in a decade opportunity to replant the Parks

 Your Martin-Fontana Park Association is partnering with Our City Forest (OCF) to plant 55 trees in our TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks. These trees will grow for decades and brighten our neighborhood with greenery and color.

Our City Forest helps out with planting instructions

You can be part of a beautiful future by planting trees

OCF provides the trees, tools, workers and supervision. You can provide the labor, on this one day, to help dig holes, mix in the mulch, plant, stake and water the tree. A team of three to four will plant the trees so you will be working with the OCF staff.

No prior experience needed – Bring the children * – Your enthusiasm is most important and appreciated.

There will be two Planting Parties:

  • Saturday December 16th from 9AM to noon
  • Saturday January 6th from 9AM to noon

We will meet in Jeffrey Fontana Park at the MFPA kiosk in front of the Dog Park (Near the corner of Ostenberg and Oak Glen Way).

To Register with OCF for this event email or call Ariel at:

plantingvolunteers@ourcityforest.org

408-998-7337 Ext 108

*Children under 12 must be with parent or guardian, minors between 13-17 must have a waiver form (provided upon registration).

 

Clean Up in Jeffrey Fontana Park a Success!

Pascal on the left with friends

On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, the Parks Recreation & Neighborhood Services Adopt-a-Park folks, along with the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, coordinated a clean-up of the area we refer to as the Cotoneaster patch near Tree #13 in Jeffrey Fontana Park.  Thanks to Adopt-a-Park’s Mollie Tobias and Sue Bowling, we had about 20 or more students from many local and not so local schools:  Lynbrook High School, Pioneer High School, San Jose High School, Holy Spirit School, a young man from Cal-Davis (he was here on the weekend to visit his folks), Leland High School, Valley Christian High School and others.  What a terrific Group!  Combine this with a representation of local residents, MFPA members, and community leaders such as Scott Raley, Jane, Kelly, Sunny Wagstaff, Rich Grailou , Linda Wilson, Patrick Pizzo, and our MFPA photographer Susan Mosher, who took some great photos,  and we had one efficient work crew!   We did weeding, removed numerous Oak starts and saplings, planted a replacement plant and, in general,

made one HUGE of debris.     Take a look and see if you don’t agree that the Cotoneaster patch is looking Sharp (no pun intended)!

Thanks to Pat Pizzo, the Project Director shown on the left. 

 

Mollie Tobias, City of San Jose PRNS Program Manager, had this to say:

“As involved and ‘willing-to-sweat-and-get dirty’ neighbors and volunteers, you take ownership and pride in your local park! Thank you for sharing your time and energy! Your sense of pride is a great asset in improving the park and in turn, the entire community! Because of your help, the park is cleaner, safer and more welcoming to all! We appreciate all you do for Jeffrey Fontana and TJ Martin parks!”

 

Thanks to all for giving our Memorial Rose Garden a Fall clean up

Fall SCCAOR Rose Garden clean-up crew

Thanks to the Santa Clara County of Realtors (SCCAOR), District 5170 Rotary Club members, Martin-Fontana Parks Association members, and other volunteers. We had a great turn out on a beautiful day in the park.

Mulch was spread, weeding was done, along with trimming, and fertilizing. Tools were provided by MFPA and San Jose’s Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services.  Refreshments were provided by the Martin-Fontana Parks Association.  Thanks to Orchard Supply Hardware for their donation of 15 bags of mulch.  They were put to good use in the garden.

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*A special thanks to our MFPA Photographer, Susan Mosher and thanks also to Kris Myers for her photos.

Everybody had a great time at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

MARTIN-FONTANA PARKS ASSOCIATION’S

Held at The Villas Clubhouse, light hors d’oeuvres were served along with wine and other beverages .

 

Awards were presented along with MFPA pins to the 55 volunteers attending  

 

The MFPA Board of Directors all received Elephants from MFPA President Rod Carpenter.  In case you were wondering, Rod’s favorite saying is “You can eat an elephant if you take a bite at a time“.

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*Thanks to our wonderful photographer, Susan Mosher, for such great photos!

Fontana Park’s Tot Lot fence is looking like new again!

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, the fence got a new coat of paint.

Martin-Fontana Parks Association member, Scott Raley, directed the scraping & painting for the two days it required.  We even had Fire Station 22 firefighters drop by to lend a hand.

Engine 22

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Stop by and you will notice a job well done!

A HUGE Thank You to MFPA member and realtor, Scott Raley, who led the project to restore the iron fence.  Volunteers included firefighters from Fire Station 22 on Bose Ave., Kiwanis members, the Raley family, one grandson, and MFPA members.  The fence looks great, thanks to: Scott, Susan, Daniel and Christie Raley, Ingrid Menafra, Mike Montanari, (Kiwanis), John Senkier, Kara Danielsen, Scott Fey, Tom Connelly (Station 22), and Sunny Wagstaff, Linda Wilson, Johnny Khamis, Rich Grialou, Jack Robertson, Mike Kalashian, Dennis Abad, Patrick Pizzo, Robert Braunstein, and Rod Carpenter (MFPA). 

*Photos by Nancy Kalashian and Sunny Wagstaff.

Adopt-a-Park volunteers save the day

What a great workday, Sunday, February 12! The weather was awesome.  Students from Rancho Milpitas Middle School, San Jose High School and other volunteers met at McAbee to prune roses and weed the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden. Thanks to Adopt-a-Park and PRNS, we had all the necessary tools and support to remove one and a half truck-loads of debris. Thanks to Martin-Fontana Parks Association, volunteers were properly checked in and there was water and snacks to keep everyone focused. The roses were pruned and thinned so that we should have a wonderful 2017 bloom. Work was also done on the east side of McAbee in the two scout projects; and a pile of wood chips, recently delivered to East Fontana, on the east-side of the Golf Creek Bridge, was partially spread. PRNS will be bringing in a small front-loader to help in this process. All in all, we thank those that helped with yesterday’s project.

One word to those of us that use McAbee. When there is a coordinated effort such as this, and it is necessary for volunteers to work curb-side, please exercise caution; please slow down. Those commuting on McAbee in general exceed the posted limit. Even with middle school children negotiating wheelbarrows in the bike path on McAbee, vehicles maintained their speed. So folks, in general, if you see a work party, slow down. Those florescent-pink vested workers and their stewards would appreciate it.

Patrick P. Pizzo,

MFPA Project Coordinator