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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.

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.

We are eight years old!

Here’s Valli Sharpe-Geisler with a letter from the California Secretary of State office indicating that we were  officially approved as a Non-Profit Corporation as of 10 August 2010!

If you were wondering what were some of the things we were doing back in 2010, here’s a tree rally we held for TJ Martin & Jeffrey Fontana Parks.  Here’s the video .

 

We were also out protesting in front of PG&E Headquarters in San Jose and during PG&E’s removal of 13 trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you been to the Islands yet?

Well you don’t have to go far.  Just drop by Jeffrey Fontana Park at the corner of Meridian Avenue and Oakglen Way and you will see our beautiful 5 Islands display of native plants.  Stroll around the Islands, find a plant you like, check the name on the plant ID signs, head to your nursery, and add one to your yard.  Mother Nature will thank you.

Almaden Valley Nursery has a wonderful island displaying some of the plants they have available for sale.

Check out East Bay Wilds‘ Island:

Then there’s DGDG‘s Island:

And don’t forget PG&E‘s Island:

And last but not least, is the Presidents’ Island, so named for the past MFPA Presidents who we want to thank for their generous donations to make this island possible:

In fact we want to thank all these generous organizations for their contributions of either Plants or Monetary donations.  We couldn’t do it without you.

 

Come on out.  The Islands await you.

 

Dozens of trees going to be planted in TJ Martin & Jeffrey Fontana parks

Our City Forest demonstrates how it’s done

The following is a San Jose Mercury News article by | jbaum@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group on

“The trees will replace those removed earlier this year under Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s gas pipeline safety program.”

“Workers from Our City Forest and the Martin-Fontana Parks Association will provide the new trees during two planting parties at the parks, one on Dec. 16 and the other on Jan. 6. Another couple dozen trees will be planted in the Shadow Brook neighborhood by the local neighborhood association with help from Our City Forest on Dec. 2, according to Councilman Johnny Khamis.”

To read the rest of the story go to Tree Planting.

According to Martin-Fontana Parks Association Director, Richard Zahner, the City’s Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhood Services has committed to provide the water needed to establish the 55 trees. Our City Forest has committed to watering the trees and providing care such as trimming and shaping to assure their survival through the first three years. At that time the trees should be established and should require no more than the routine care provided by PRNS.   In practice the first year will the most demanding, requiring 15 gallons per week.

‘Tree Gator’, a type of plastic water bag

A ‘Tree Gator’, a type of plastic water bag, may be used to control and concentrate the water where it is most beneficial. Watering will be incrementally reduced over the second and third years to promote healthy roots and sustainable growth.

Richard also serves as the Park Planning and Improvement Chairperson for MFPA.

 

One dying Oak tree removed & others trimmed

Here are photos of the dying Blue Oak near the dog park being removed and others being trimmed (see previous posting)

The Blue Oak was likely impacted by the drought and had succumbed to a bark beetle infestation.

What is the Martin-Fontana Parks Association about?

The Martin-Fontana Parks Association has been established to raise and provide funds to preserve and enhance the beauty of TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks with the City of San Jose.  We do so in a manner that’s compatible with the delivery of safe and reliable power under the transmission lines in the parks. We are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement these two parks. These parks, with their beautiful native Oak trees, are in Almaden Valley, San Jose, California. Any funds generated are specifically used for pruning and enhancing the vegetation in them.  Won’t you please join us in achieving these goals by becoming a member?

Please watch the video below to see what our beautiful parks look like.