Posts Tagged ‘Parks’

Park Closures

The City of San José Department of Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Services is temporarily closing several park locations due to poor air quality for the health and safety of park guests and staff. As an employer, the health and safety of our parks staff is our top priority, and all outdoor activities are being reduced as much as possible.

Closures include the following regional parks:

  • Almaden Lake
  • Alum Rock Park
  • Edenvale Gardens Regional Park
  • Emma Prusch Farm Park
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Guadalupe Oak Grove
  • Lake Cunningham Park
  • Municipal Rose Garden
  • Overfelt Gardens

These locations will reopen as air quality improves and staff is allowed to return to outdoor work. Neighborhood parks remain accessible to the public with the exception of Lincoln Glen, which is under construction. Per AQI – Sensitive groups, such as people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Everyone else is advised to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.

Post Date:09/11/2020 2:00 PM

For updates and details on reopened facilities and amenities, please visit bit.ly/prnsreopens.

District 10 Park Heroes

From left to right are Dave Poeschel, District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Patrick Pizzo, and Lee Pauser

On Feb. 8th 2018, Dave, Patrick, and Lee were awarded the status of “Park Heroes” at the State of the City address.  An award that was surely well deserved.  Congratulations, guys; for all you do for our parks.  When you see these guys, make sure to give them a pat on the back and say “Thank You” for all their hard work.

Dave hard at work

Pat Pizzo

Lee Pauser with one of his many bird friends

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 2018 – We need you

The Board of Directors are once again holding their Annual Membership Drive. Our goal is to add at least 30 memberships to our Association. If you know of someone who would like to join our organization, please pass along their name. Also, there are a lot of renewals due this time of year; if you have already renewed, a big THANK YOU, and if you haven’t renewed as yet, please do so, we really need your support.

To become a Member, renew a Membership, or become a Sponsor, just click on the “membership/sponsorship forms” heading at the top of the page.  It’s only $20 per person or $35 per family for a one year membership.  Your contributions go toward making our two parks the best they can be.

 

Take a walk around Almaden Lake Park

For more information:
Call (408) 535-4910 or Email michele.dexter@sanjoseca.gov

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/

Martin-Fontana Parks Association recognized at CPRS dinner

On Thursday the 23rd of February, the Martin-Fontana Parks Association was recognized at this year’s California Parks and Rec Society (CPRS) Appreciation Dinner held at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino.

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Representing MFPA at the event, from left to right were Ron Wilson, Dick Stevens, Ellie Carpenter, Rod Carpenter, Johnny Khamis, Mike Kalashian, Nancy Kalashian, Larry Sasscer, and Linda Wilson. (Photo provided by Johnny Khamis)

A letter from Jean Dresden of the San Jose Park Advocates

Here’s a letter, dated Feb. 5th, from Jean Dresden.  Jean is a member of the San Jose Park Advocates sjpagroup (an all volunteer group of neighborhood association leaders).  This letter was presented to the San Jose City Council Neighborhood Services & Education, (NSE), committee. In It you will find a good summary of current San Jose park issues.

 

Here’s a link to read the letter:  parkconditionsnse2017feb9item3sjparksadvocates.

 

MARTIN-FONTANA PARKS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

WANT TO TAKE YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN TO THE PLAYGROUND ?

WANT TO TAKE YOUR DOG TO THE DOG PARK ?

WANT TO SIT ON A PARK BENCH AND ENJOY A PLEASANT MORNING ?

WANT TO SEE AND SMELL THE BLOSSOMS OF SPRING AND

ENJOY THE SHADE THAT OUR PARK TREES PROVIDE ?

WANT TO ENJOY A BUTTERFLY GARDEN?

ALL OF THESE THINGS CAN CONTINUE AND IMPROVE

WITH YOUR MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT.

 

The Martin-Fontana Parks Association is having its annual membership drive during the months of January and February.  Our mission is to help beautify our two parks, maintain and enhance the trees and plantings we have, and to save the parks for the future.

Individual memberships are $20 per year

Family memberships are $35 per year

*Membership applications may be found in the information box attached to the kiosk in front of the Jeffrey Fontana dog park or on our website

Please consider joining us as we seek to improve and preserve our two parks here in Almaden valley.

Please note: We are a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

District 9 Councilmember Donald Rocha submits Memorandum on Park Maintenance to City Council Rules Committee

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The following is a quote from Councilmember Rocha’s newsletter:

“Dear Neighbor,

Over recent months, I’ve received an increasing number of complaints from residents about the condition of parks in my district. Residents report problems such as dead grass, dead trees, overgrown weeds and decaying fixtures. In many cases they have waited patiently for these problems to be fixed, but are increasingly frustrated at the City’s continued inability to address their concerns. (As an example of the kinds of complaints I’ve heard, I’ve included some pictures of our parks at the end of this newsletter.) Given the seriousness of the problem, I have issued a memorandum intended to help bring forward potential solutions to the problem in time for next year’s City budget.”

Click here to read Councilmember Rocha’s memorandum 

 

San Jose Fails To Maintain Almaden Valley Parks

Property owners are outraged at the lack of maintenance in our Almaden Valley parks, as the City of San Jose fails to allocate appropriate funds and staff to keep the parks not only maintained, but safe.

How Does this Affect You??

1) Shabby weed infested parks affect property values.

2) Weeds left to seed are spreading all over the neighborhood. Do you like weeding??

3) The gophers have taken over not only our parks, but have now invaded the yards of many adjacent houses causing damage to homeowner’s landscape. If you like your gardens and want to keep your sprinklers from being chewed like a toy, you’d better hope they don’t make it to your yard.

4) The grass areas you once enjoyed with your families, friends and neighbors are now so demolished by the burrowing holes of rodents that it is unsafe to even walk on without fear of breaking your ankle.

5) You know the big check you just cut for your property taxes??? Well the part of your money that is supposed to pay for the City parks is being allocated elsewhere, while your neighborhood parks suffer. Seem fair?

6) Reminiscing about the day of green lawns before water restrictions? While you conserve, the City of San Jose fails to replace our broken 1980s irrigation system that is corroded, leaks continuously and sprays tens of thousands of gallons of wasted water in the wrong areas as the rest of the turf dries up and dies off. The system is so old that they can no longer find replacement sprinkler heads to replace the broken ones.

Join your fellow Almaden Valley neighbors as they stand up,

and demand the

City Council and Mayor support and maintain our parks.

Together we can make a difference.

 

We encourage you to email your park maintenance concerns to the following city officials:

sam.liccardo@sanjoseca.gov

johnny.khamis@sanjoseca.gov

donald.rocha@sanjoseca.gov

rose.herrera@sanjoseca.gov

tam.nguyen@sanjoseca.gov

pierluigi.oliverio@sanjose.gov

magdalena.carrasco@sanjoseca.gov

manh.nguyen@sanjoseca.gov

raul.peralez@sanjoseca.gov

ash.kalra@sanjoseca.gov

charles.jones@sanjoseca.gov