Martin-Fontana Parks Association receives large donation

Thanks SCCAOR

On the left, Santa Clara County Association of Realtors’ Bonnie Wilson hands a check for $500 to MFPA President Linda Wilson.  Assisting with the donation is realtor Marlene Cavello on the right.  SCCAOR continues to provide us excellent support with volunteers and funds to help maintain the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden.  The garden is on McAbee Road near Golden Oak in Fontana Park.

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

Become a MARTIN-FONTANA PARKS ASSOCIATION member

We need your HELP !

Please consider becoming a member or sponsor

Our membership fees are only

$20 per individual or $35 per family per year

Last year was a difficult time for our parks because of the drought. Martin-Fontana Parks Association spent most of last year keeping approximately 100 trees and shrubs from dying. Trees and shrubs were hand watered on a monthly basis. This included several older trees that were stressed by the drought. As a result, nearly all of the trees/shrubs we watered were able to weather the drought.

In addition, we have had and continue to have, an ongoing dialogue with the San Jose’s Parks department to address the turf and rodent infestation problems and the constant failure of our parks’ sprinkler systems. We are beginning to see action by the parks department.

Beginning this month, MFPA will be working with San Jose Parks’ to develop a 5 year plan for our two parks. Key components of this plan will be:

1. Planting drought tolerant native plants and shrubs that better suit our semi-arid climate.
2. Improvements to the parks infrastructure including children’s tot lots and other capital improvements that offers additional youth and adult recreation activities.
3. Rodent control, upgrading our parks turf, and replacing our aging irrigation system.

Lastly, we have continued our dialogue with PG&E regarding the preservation of our parks’ most precious resource: our trees. Your Membership affirms our community’s intent to PG&E that we are serious about PG&E being respectful of these priceless resources. We have been consistently successful getting PG&E to agree to prune, rather than remove these trees.

If you have questions/comments you would like us to address feel free to email us at:

SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com.

If you are ready to become a member, a sponsor, or you need to renew your membership, it can be done in one of three ways:

1. You may renew your membership by using PayPal.  Just click on the “Make a Donation” button at  the top right of this page and follow the instructions.
2. You can write a check to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association and mail it to: Martin-Fontana Parks Association, 1177 Branham Lane #137, San Jose, CA 95118.
3. Or you could write a check to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, let us know, and we will gladly stop by and pick it up for delivery to our membership Chairperson.

We encourage you to fill out a membership form to include with your check.  It is available online here or you can pick up one at our kiosk in Jeffrey Fontana Park near the dog park.

Thank you for your past support and we hope you will want to continue to be a member of our association and the important work we do improving and preserving our parks.

The MFPA Board of Directors

Our Quarter Two May 2016 Newsletter is here!

Watch out!  Those MFPA folks are at it again!

Squirrel announcementClick here for our latest Newsletter:  Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, & Page 4.

Were are Voices heard?! You be the Judge.

Rod Carpenter speaks before the Council

 On Monday, April 11th, 2016, Martin-Fontana Parks Association members attended the San Jose City Council Parks Study Session at the San Jose City Hall, City Council Chambers.  Please click here for a video link to Study Session.

 

*NOTE:  Public comments start at the 39 minute mark and the Martin-Fontana Parks Association presentation starts at the 42 minutes mark. 

 

Martin-Fontana Parks Association included this slide show to accompany our comments before the Mayor, Council Members, and the Dept of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS).  The following MFPA members spoke before the Council on these subjects relating to or two parks:

Introduction – Linda Wilson
Irrigation – Linda Wilson
Rodent Damages – Rod Carpenter
Park Safety – Rod Carpenter
Weed Control – Rich Grialou
Volunteers – Mike Kalashian
Sense of Community – Rosy Bowring

 

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

 

The Great Race, MFPA Membership Drive

Final photo of Membership Drive 2016

Click on photo above for a larger version.

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From left to right, Rich Grialou, Mike Kalashian, Dick Stevens, Vince Piazzisi,

Sunny Wagstaff, Pat Wagstaff, Rod Carpenter, Ellie Carpenter, and Linda Wilson.

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The 2015 Martin-Fontana Parks Association website in review

Annual Review image

Check it out, you’ll find lots of interesting statistics such as:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. Our website was viewed about 5,000 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

There were 358 pictures uploaded; that’s about 7 pictures per week.

Click here to see the complete report.

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