Martin-Fontana Parks Association receives another award.

Our City Forest celebrated Twenty Years of Volunteers by honoring two decades of volunteer spirit & dedication by passing out these beautiful framed awards.   Attending the event were MFPA President Linda Wilson, Secretary Pat Wagstaff and her husband, Sunny.  Also in attendance was San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis.   The ceremony was held on August the 2nd. at the Camden Community Center.

WE’RE HAVING A CELEBRATION !

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Dog Parade registration form

Order your MFPA T-Shirts while they last!

Check out our Martin-Fontana Parks Association products for sale.  They can be found at:    (https://causera.org/martin-fontana-parks-association/first) .  You can also start or renew your membership at the same time.  Even if you don’t wish to become a member of MFPA, we would still be glad to accept any donation, no matter how small.  Thanks for your support.

Remember all proceeds go to the Association for use in our  two parks.

Butterfly Refueling Station update

ThenThe finished planting on the 29th of March 2014

 

NowAs it looks today!

IMG_0022The planting on the 29th of March 2014

IMG_0004As it looks today!

 

 

Why all the Green Ribbons around trees?

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You’ve seen them in both of our Jeffrey Fontana & TJ Martin parks: bright green ribbons fluttering in the spring breeze, decorating trees.  What do they mean?  How did they get there?
The answer: Members of our Martin-Fontana Parks Association are helping Our City Forest celebrate their organization’s 20th anniversary, and are honoring their site stewards, MFPA, Scout Troop 262, TJ Martin Neighborhood Association, the Daisy Brownie troop from Los Alamitos, Scout Pack 340, and other volunteers, by marking almost 200 trees we have helped plant since Dec 2010.
Ribbons have been placed in both Jeffrey Fontana & TJ Martin parks to thank everybody and raise awareness of the importance of our urban forest.  And for our Green Amigos out there, don’t worry, sustainability is a main priority at Our City Forest, and they’ll be reusing the ribbons for further projects after they come down in the fall. If you’d like to volunteer with this program, or learn more about Our City Forest’s programs and services, contact them for more information!

You Can Help

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Our City Forest is looking for volunteers to help water young trees at TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Park. Volunteers will be rewarded with the opportunity to learn more about the crucial, yet often overlooked, care needed to ensure the health and success of these young trees. Volunteers should be of, at least, high school age (with a consent form) or older, and anyone with a truck is highly encouraged to help out! These events usually take place each Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon. Those interested should contact the Tree Care Volunteer Coordinator, Olivia Goguen: treecarevolunteers@ourcityforest.org (408) 998-7337         ext. 105

Beware of Killer Kites!

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Here’s a kite that was tangled in the 230,000 volt powerlines overhead in Jeffrey Fontana Park.  This is a very dangerous thing to do and you were lucky you weren’t electrocuted!

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Please don’t let your children do this.

 

Weep for our Willow Tree

Around the 15th of May our large Willow tree decided to shed more branches.  This is the Willow tree in the northeast corner of Jeffrey Fontana Park not far from Alamden Expressway.  Back in 2010 it used to look like this:

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In Dec of 2012 she shed her first branch.
In Dec of 2012 the Willow shed the first branch.
Then this month two more limbs were shed.
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It looks like one of the limbs broke off from the top & it then smashed into a bottom limb, breaking it off too.

The Parks Department has been notified.  We hope to see about arranging to have this tree fully trimmed of all it’s dead branches.

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