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See the results of Operation Facelift at Almaden Meadows Park

Almaden Meadows sign

Putting the finishing touches on the sign. (Photo by SJ Council member, Johnny Khamis)

Wow! What a beautiful day and what an effort! Everyone is to be commended for all of the hard work and the good time!  Thanks to hard work and dedication, all pretty much got done.

I want to give a special thank you to the members of the South Hills Community Church who persisted in doing what had to be done, late into the afternoon, and even after the volunteer feast! We, the Friends of the Almaden Meadows Park are most grateful for the dedication!  A special thanks go to the Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) crew directed by Peggy Rudd.  They also donated extra effort, working well into Saturday afternoon.  What can we say about the food and BBQ crew! Excellent!


In the way of overview, the following work was concluded: Both ‘corner’ signs were cleaned (concrete plus wood) and painted. Dirt was removed from the sign-locations so as to make room for the chocolate-wood-chips which look awesome, by the way. The concrete bench and backing strip along the west-periphery of the tot-lot was scraped and painted. Vegetation along Camden was cleaned of ‘volunteer’ plants and weeds…. and the water-utility-piping at Skyfarm Court too was painted.

Spreading the mulch

Spreading the mulch. (Photo by SJ Council member, Johnny Khamis)

Wood Chips… oh my! The piles that were strategically placed in the dirt area at the upper BBQ Benches were spread through much effort. Below, between these tables and Meridian, a second layer of wood was spread to make a uniform 6-inch layer to keep back the weeds and to give a good-look to the park. Thanks to all those ladies (mostly) that weeded along the concrete trimming strip that defines these areas. They went after the weeds, taking them out by the root! What a task! Thanks!  And then there were the playground chips. Yes… “the chips are down” and we are confident the tots and their parents will greatly appreciate the effort!

Tot Lot makeover

Boy…. did we draw the political folks! Johnny Khamis, District 10 Councilman and his wife were there and working. I also saw mayoral candidate Pierluigi Oliverio out there too. Hope I am not forgetting anyone. Mollie Tobias representing PRNS of course (thanks for all the tools and support, Mollie); and Michele Dexter (City of San Jose). Michele was also a painter at one of the other South Hills Community Church projects, either at a local school or painting the sound wall near Trinidad off of the Almaden Expressway. Let us not forget that Almaden Meadows Park was only one of three areas made beautiful by the South Hills Community Church folks!

And of course I have to acknowledge the Friends of Almaden Meadows Park who were out in force. Met one young gentleman from Leigh High School who really knew how to work! A few folks from MFPA (Martin-Fontana Parks Association) rounded out the volunteer force. Thanks to all of you too. And what about the Almaden Valley Kiwanis Club! They contributed too!

A critical role was played by Jose and Louie from PRNS! They really more-or-less saved the day! They brought in equipment which greatly helped us to meet the ‘labor’ requirement to get the whole of the job done!! Thanks guys!  You know your involvement is greatly appreciated.

A capstone of the project was held at the South Hills Community Church at 6601 Camden Avenue in San Jose on Sunday at 10:00am where anyone that wanted to celebrate the event could come to their regular service.

Pastor Larry Brundage  larry-brundage….that’s it in one word: Community! Through our joint efforts this Saturday and the communal BBQ, we expressed and demonstrated our sense of community. Others shared this experience, even if only indirectly. What we did, what they witnessed, is bound to motivate them to do something positive, something to benefit their own neighborhood. We were not just wheelbarrowing woodchips; we were mining goodwill!

Patrick P. Pizzo

Patrick is one of the Park Management Chairpersons for the Martin-Fontana Parks Association.


MFPA General Membership meeting results

As most of you know, we held our annual General Membership meeting last month on the 25th.  Here are the minutes of the meeting:  MFPA General Membership Meeting.

Board Members for 2014

Board Members for 2014

From left to right they are:  Dennis Abad, new TJ Martin area Director; Pier Maggiani, Past President; Pat Wagstaff, Secretary; Mike Kalashian, new Treasurer; Linda Wilson, President; Dick Stevens, Fontana/Villas Director; and Larry Sasscer, new Vice President.

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More photos from Sat’s Nov 2nd Scout Project

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From the Office of Councilmember Johnny Khamis

The parks and trails in District 10 are some of the most beautiful in the City. I am very proud of not only these wonderful parks and trails, but the hundreds of volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to keep these valuable community resources clean, accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Given the City’s budgetary constraints, these volunteers continue to bridge the gaps in service from lower City staffing levels in order to keep these areas maintained.

My office works in close collaboration with volunteers and Parks staff to ensure that our parks get the maintenance and attention they deserve. This has been especially evident in the TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks. With gophers, ground squirrels and an irrigation system three decades old, these parks have faced serious setbacks, but after meeting with the Deputy Directors of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS), our hardworking park supervisors, and the park maintenance staff, maintenance in these parks is getting back on track. The faulty sections of the irrigation system have been fixed/and or replaced, and the maintenance team is now being proactive in addressing issues before they get out of hand. In addition, the PRNS Staff have doubled the funding for the gopher and ground squirrel eradication project.

Since taking office, my staff and I have worked closely with The Martin Fontana Parks Association to resolve a number of issues. It has always been, and will continue to be my goal to establish solid working relationships with all community stakeholders. It is this kind of collaboration and communication between residents, volunteers, the Council Office and city staff that keeps our parks beautiful.

In addition to the work at TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks, we will be hosting another clean up day at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park in mid-October. We will be sure to keep your posted so that you can join us!

I would be remiss if I did not thank a band of volunteers who have been around for a long time, but have recently started a new venture in Almaden Meadows Park. District 10 residents Lee Pauser, Dave Poeschel, and Pat Pizzo have recently started the Friends of Almaden Meadows volunteer group. They have adopted the park and are looking for others to join them in keeping Almaden Meadows Park beautiful. If you are interested in participating, you can join their Yahoo! group by emailing

See what you missed…

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Here’s what Almaden Times Weekly had to say about the event.

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Heart of the Park IV

2013 HOP Flyer

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park Clean Up July 6, 8 am to noon


Join Councilman Johnny Khamis, the Parks Dept, community members and volunteer groups pruning trees and removing coyote brush.  Meet near the restroom at the Thorntree Entrance and Parking Lot.

Please wear  appropriate clothing and shoes. Gloves and limited tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well, such as pruning tools and rakes  (no power tools).  Water, coffee, and snacks will be provided to all volunteers by District 10. If you have any questions, please contact Rayshelle at or call 408-535-4910. We hope to see you there!

Note:  If you are interested check out Guadalupe Oak Grove Park’s Master Plan.