Posts Tagged ‘Martin-Fontana Parks Association’

Come out and smell the roses!

Martin-Fontana Parks Association and the San Jose Parks Dept. are sponsoring a

Get the Rose Garden Ready for Spring! event.

Where:  The rose garden at the west side of McAbee Road and Golden Oak Way.  

When: Saturday, Jan. 22nd from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

What:  Join your Park Association to weed, prune and feed the roses and get them ready for a spring bloom!

How:  This is a COVID safe event, so bring a picture ID and proof of vaccination.  Wear a mask, long sleeves, clothing that covers your legs, (thorns are sharp), and closed shoes. No experience necessary, train on the job!  Join the work party as your time allows and help Jeffrey Fontana’s Memorial Rose Garden sparkle.


To sign up and/or get more info, go to Eventbrite.com. You can also sign up at the park on Saturday.

PG&E is trimming & removing trees in our parks today

Golden Rain trees in Jeffrey Fontana Park

Per Linda Wilson, the Martin-Fontana Parks Association President, PG&E wanted to cut down and remove seven trees and trim several others.  After meeting with the MFPA team, the work was revised to the following:

Two “volunteer” trees growing in Jeffrey Fontana Park, east of Golf Creek, will be removed because they will eventually be a problem with the wires.

Four Golden Rain trees along Golden Oak Way will be trimmed instead of removed.

Tree 13 at the corner of Castello Drive and Golden Oak Way will be trimmed.

Tree 13

Several “volunteer’ trees along the fence line with the Villas will be removed or trimmed.  The Pyracantha will remain as well as the other brush.

In TJ Martin Park, one tree that shades the bench near Burchell Ave. will be trimmed instead of removed.

The Liquid Amber trees along Oak Glen Way will be sloped (trimmed) away from the wires.

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 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

The Chuck and Gail Haywood Project