Thanks to Lee Pauser and Larry Sasscer, we have a new owl box at the west end of T.J. Martin park. Park users and personnel…. It is important to keep loud/noisy equipment & activities away from the box during nesting season. Nesting season in a normal year is January thru July 1st. Owls can be spooked causing egg abandonment or pre-fledging of owlets. Watch out gophers & squirrels!
On a beautiful Saturday morning, the 2nd of November, Scout Troop 262, headquartered at the Almaden Hills United Methodist Church, was out in force to help beautify their local Jeffrey Fontana Park. Those of you who use McAbee Road to get to and from your weekend destinations may have noticed this enthusiastic group planting the east-side of the fence that defines their first effort of last Fall 2012, the Eagle Scout project of Andrew Oberhelman. Thanks to the leadership of Scoutmaster Richard Blume, Troop 262 has adopted this area of the park which they continue to care for and improve. The Parks Department (PRNS) is pleased to have community groups take a special and active interest in San Jose City Parks and Jeffrey Fontana Park well illustrates this point. With the direct financial support of Martin-Fontana Parks Association and the cooperation and direct participation of PRNS, this project was made possible. Drought resistant California native plants and some Mediterranean zone plant species are featured in this landscape, thus minimizing the water requirements. The Scouts have already seen the fruits of their labor in the Spring 2013 project and they cannot wait to see the Spring bloom of 2014, assuming the Fall winter rains will arrive soon! Many thanks to these young scouts of Troop 262 for improving the quality of life in their community and thanks to MFPA member, Patrick Pizzo, who provided the coordination and planning for the effort! Thanks also to Louie Anaya of the Parks Dept. for all his help in planting and providing the proper tools and equipment needed.
Besides the planting in the Scout Project, Lee Pauser guided the Scouts in the Cotoneaster Patch, near Tree 13, to remove volunteer Oaks and spruce up the Coyote Brush. It now looks great and is oak-sapling free. They also planted three plants in the patch: one Dr. Hurd Manzanita and two Silk Tassel Trees,which we think residents and park users will greatly appreciate.
See what the Almaden Times Weekly had to say about the event.
Were you were wondering why there were so many Police Officers at the Park Monday morning? They had come to pay their respects and remember their fellow Officer, Jeffrey Fontana. Officer Fontana, for whom the park is named, was at the age of 24 when he was killed by gunfire in the line of duty on October 28, 2001.
Once again, its time to pick up our shovels and pruning shears and tackle the overgrowth at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park. We are continuing the effort started during the Great American Litter Pick Up back in April. If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please join us on Saturday, October 19th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Tools, gloves, snacks, water, and coffee will be provided. You are more than welcome to bring your own gardening tools, but no power tools. Tennis shoes and long pants are suggested. If you’d like more information contact Rayshelle at email@example.com or call 408-535-4910.
Members of MFPA, neighbors and users of TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana Parks, we need your input to prioritize park issues. At the Sept. 4th MFPA Board of Directors meeting, the following park priorities were identified for the next couple years. We would like your feedback on these priorities to help us validate our choices/identify other priorities that are important to the community. Once we have your feedback compiled, we will report back to the community the findings in the form of a finalized list of projects to be budgeted for 2014.
Please take a few minutes to rank priorities using the online tool, and write in any other issues. It’s quick and easy and compiles the results for us. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BDGDPKP.
All surveys need to be received by Oct 21.
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