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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.

Our March 2019 Newsletter has arrived. Check it out!

Just click the link below for the complete newsletter:

https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/2019-march-4-pg-newsletter.pdf

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

VIDEO: Project Beautility: beautifying utility boxes

In a partnership with the City of San José, the water district sponsored the painting of 12 murals. Six local artists adorned the utility vaults at the Jeffrey Fontana Park and TJ Martin Park in Almaden Valley that provide access to one of the most important water pipelines in our region.

Check out the video:

*The Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA) had been interested in having murals painted on them to make them a more beautiful part of the park, instead of the boring concrete ‘blocks’ that they are.

 

Don’t forget your MFPA is a tax-exempt organization

Our membership fees are only

$20 per individual or $35 per family per year

Martin-Fontana Parks Association needs your support.  2018 proved to be a milestone for our nonprofit group.  We finally have written agreements that will allow us to hire contractors using MFPA funds to complete those projects the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services cannot budget.  The Five Islands project was completed with the construction of a decomposed granite pathway.  MFPA invested $9,000 of your membership donations for this task. The last step will be the installation of informational signage about the native plants.  Currently, Larry Sasscer & Richard Grialou are working on repairing the fence along Meridian at TJ Martin Park,

and exploring the possibilities of replacing a section of turf near the dog park.  All 12 of the water vaults in TJ Martin & Jeffrey Fontana Parks have become works of art thanks to some great artists, District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, Michael Ogilvie, San Jose’s Director of Public Art for the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD).

Our members’ support helped convince the City that our parks need better maintenance.  This has led to some new additions to the maintenance staff and more work being done in TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks. However, after years of cutbacks in the budget and manpower, park users and supporters will need to continue to advocate for better park services.

Lastly, we have continued our dialogue with PG&E regarding the preservation of our parks most precious resource; our trees.  In 2010 MFPA was formed to save the park trees from being removed by them.  Today we negotiate annually to protect our trees.  Your Membership affirms our community’s intent to PG&E that we are serious about them being respectful of these priceless resources.  So far we have been consistently successful getting them to agree to prune rather than remove these trees.

That’s why your membership is sorely needed. We hope you will take this opportunity to become a member by filling out a membership form and mailing it to us with your check or you may choose to use Pay Pal at our website:   https://martinfontanaparksassociation.blog/membership-3/.   Your renewal is valid for one year.  You may also choose to become a sponsor, with a family membership included in a sponsorship of $100 or more.  All membership and sponsorship donations are tax-deductible.   We are a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

With your support we will continue to advocate making our parks a better experience for all.  We value your membership and thank you for helping to make a difference in our neighborhood!  Please email us at SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

“BEAUTILITY” – The Art in our two Parks has been completed.

Now it’s time for you to come out and take the tour:

The folks who made it all happen.  Thanks so much for adding more beauty to our two parks.

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