Martin, Fontana parks get a boost
By Julia Baum
SAN JOSE — Preserving some of the city’s most prized natural treasures has been an ongoing challenge for the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, which hosts its seventh annual “Heart of the Park” fundraiser and membership drive on Saturday.
This year, the volunteer group is spotlighting its struggle to maintain or upgrade TJ Martin and Jeffrey Fontana parks with dwindling resources.
The group and San Jose’s parks and recreation department want to see new irrigation systems and turf installed in three areas, including the soccer fields. Native plants and mature oak trees thrive in the 33 acres that make up both parks, but non-native assets such as a grove of redwoods have been struggling to survive this past year due to budget cuts, drought and even gophers and squirrels.
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In a Friday’s Mecury News article:
“In what Berry calls the worst vandalism she’s ever seen, someone has targeted the trees along Meridian Avenue and Dry Creek Road by sawing off their trunks in the middle of the night. Berry said it appears the vandals used an electric saw to chop up more than a quarter mile strip of trees.”
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The annual vegetation review with PG&E was completed last month. The good news was we had only two small Oak trees in PG&E’s right of way removed. A Australian Tea Leaf tree and a Toyon tree were planted as replacements.
Ten small volunteer trees (trees that nature planted) were removed. Five were encroaching into some of the PG&E towers, two were dead, and three were in PG&E’s right of way. PG&E requires the tower concrete supports be free of vegetation so they can be periodically inspected.
As a good will gesture, PG&E provided these 3 additional trees and included the cost of watering them for 3 years.
These were planted in the western end of TJ Martin Park.
Here are maps showing the tree locations:
Our thanks to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s Negotiation Team of Dick Stevens, Mike Kalashian, Vince Piazzisi, Sunny Wagstaff, and Rich Zahner.