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Get Ready for the Heart of the Park Celebration

The Martin Fontana Parks Association is once again presenting the Heart of the Park Celebration on May 18, 2019. This annual celebration brings together friends and neighbors to celebrate our two great Almaden Parks, TJ Martin & Jeffrey Fontana.

The Association has worked hard to keep these parks beautiful, accessible and fun for all of the park neighbors.

It will include arts and crafts, the traditional  Dog Parade   

a Birding Tour, Barn Owl Display, a Master gardener, and

a Raffle with valuable prizes.         

In 2010, PG&E announced its intentions to remove 140 mature shade trees from our parks. A group of park neighbors got together and formed a nonprofit, and within a year had stopped the mass cutting of the trees. We hold this annual celebration to bring our park community together to learn about the park resources, problems, to raise funds to keep the trees trimmed, and enhance the well-being of our parks.

Nowadays, MFPA concentrates on improving the parks with new projects every year. This past year we completed the Five Islands project,

bringing five new plant islands to Jeffrey Fontana Park. Working with the office of Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Michael Ogilvie, the Director of Public Art for the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, we helped to facilitate the artistic painting of all the water vaults in our two parks.

We also work with volunteers to help improve the parks. This past year we worked with an Eagle Scout who built two new picnic tables for the children’s playground at Fontana Park.

The event is designed to bring pride to our parks and help MFPA continue its work, long into the future. We hope all the neighbors who use the park will join us for the annual celebration.

The event begins at noon on May 18th with a birding tour led by Lisa Meyers in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.   Other activities will start at 1:00pm near the dog park.  The closing event will feature a raffle from 3:00pm to 3:30pm.

Don’t miss out! May 18th from noon to 3:30pm.

PRNS Deputy Director reveals new plan for our Parks at MFPA General Meeting

President Rod Carpenter called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm last Wednesday, Feb. 13, addressing an overflow audience of members and guests.

Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services Deputy Director, Justin Long, summarized some of the changes that are being made to improve the efficiency of park maintenance.  A new “Activate San Jose” plan will be the new parks’ guiding document and should be in available to the public in June for community review.  MFPA will alert our members when it is presented.

Mr. Long and Dan Greeley, our Maintenance District Supervisor, spoke about the rodent problem affecting many San Jose parks, including ours.  They outlined the action that PRNS will be taking to alleviate the problem, and then answered questions from the floor.

Outgoing President, Rod Carpenter highlighted the achievements of MFPA during his two-year tenure:

  • Completion of the native plant Five Islands Project
  • Construction of the “Surf Shack” tool shed
  • Repair of the Meridian fence at TJ Martin Park
  • The Planting of over fifty new trees in both parks
  • Completion of the “Beautility” Water Vault Painting project
  • Partnership with PRNS Adopt-a-Park Program and Santa Clara County Association of Realtors, (SCCAOR), to maintain existing projects like the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden

Perhaps the most significant achievement of Rod’s term was the completion of the “Right of Entry” agreement with PRNS allowing MFPA to hire qualified contractors to work in the parks on MFPA projects!

Outgoing Secretary, Rich Grialou was honored with the “President’s Award” and received a plaque in appreciation of his contributions to MFPA.

President Rod Carpenter was presented with a plaque honoring his dedication and determination to oversee the accomplishments of the last two years.

The new Board of Directors goals for the next year include:

  • Ongoing maintenance projects with PRNS Adopt-a-Park and SCCAOR
  • The annual Heart of the Park Celebration on May 18, 2019
  • Continued collaboration with PRNS and the City to improve our parks

When are they going to paint those ugly blocks of concrete you ask, well

Fontana West near Tot Lot

here’s the scoop:

Remember last June when we told you about this project?  Here’s the link:  https://martinfontanaparksassociation.blog/2017/06/15/you-can-help-turn-the-eyesores-in-our-parks-into-works-of-art/.  We met the Artists on Feb. 10th of this year at the Almaden Community Center.

MFPA President Rod Carpenter hands out pins to the Artists present at the community meeting.

And they are:

Here’s the schedule:

May 19th – Artist design proposals will be unveiled at Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s annual Heart of the Park VIII event held in Jeffrey Fontana Park.

June 5th – The Public Art Committee will meet to review and approve the designs.

June 6th to November 30th – The Artists will be painting their designs on the vaults.

December – A dedication will be held.

 

 

Please note: None of this would have been possible without the support of

District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis and the City of San Jose’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program.

 

When is Heart of the Park this year? I haven’t heard a thing!

Last year’s Heart of the Park event

For those of you who have been wondering, the next Heart of the Park will be held in May of 2018.  Once an exact date has been determined, we will be sure to let you know.  We are hoping it will be a lot cooler in Spring and our parks should look their best at that time of the year.  We will all be looking forward to seeing you there.

San Jose staff whips Almaden area parks into shape

TJ Martin Park Soccer Fields

Here’s an article by Julia Baum | jbaum@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group dated September 20, 2017:

Several parks in the Almaden Valley area should be in top shape after San Jose public works crews checked off a long list of improvements throughout the summer that have all finally been finished.

The upgrades range from simple replacements such as new solar LEDs at Chris Hotts Park to redoing the playground surface at Vista Park to rehabilitating the soccer fields at TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks.

For the rest of the story go to:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/20/san-jose-staff-whips-almaden-area-parks-into-shape/

February 2017 Newsletter

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