A BIG THANK YOU for all these generous donors at Heart of the Park VI Oct 4th.

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Our Quarter Three Newsletter is out!


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Fall clean-up in the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden


Thanks to the hard work of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, SCCAOR, the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden continues to increase in value year after year for all our park visitors.  Through their generous donations of time and money, the rose garden is a sight to behold.  On Sat the 19th of Sept. a crew of volunteers swept through the garden, clipping rose bushes and pulling weeds.

Thanks also to Adopt-a-Park for providing the necessary tools to get the job done.

Is the drought killing trees?

In the interest of saving trees we offer the following:

San Jose Mercury News 09-12-2015
Residents’ efforts to conserve may be fueling the problem

By Kevin Kelly


MENLO PARK — The city claims the heritage oak as its symbol, but the actual trees that line its streets might not feel particularly adored.

The leader of the city’s Fire Department says some trees along his route are in such sad shape that he recently brought up the idea of forming a task force to make sure they’re getting enough water during the drought, now in its fourth year. He even broached the idea of sending firefighters out in a truck to water threatened trees along the rights of way if the cities in its coverage area were unwilling to set up a system to monitor the trees’ health.

Follow the link below to view the article.

Helpful info is also provided at:  http://saveourwater.com/what-you-can-do/tips/landscaping/save-our-water-and-our-trees/



Saving water during drought yields unintended consequence

By Lisa M. Krieger


The rush to save water is claiming legions of unintended casualties — California’s trees.

Specimens that have stood tall and strong for decades are stressed and dying because of the drought, as Californians turn off spigots to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory conservation measures.




Clear grass to at least 6 inches from the trunk’s base. Some arborists suggest clearing it to the tree’s drip line.Cover the area with wood chips or other mulch to help maintain soil moisture, being careful not to let mulch touch the trunk.If the tree is younger than 5 years old, it needs 10 to 15 gallons of water per week during the growing season. Water established trees once a month, applying 10 gallons for each inch of the trunk’s diameter. Established oaks should be watered only during the Bay Area’s normal rainy season when there’s no precipitation.Water trees slowly, using a soaker hose or drip system. Continue watering a tree until the soil from beneath the canopy to slightly outside the drip line is moist 12 to 18 inches below the surface.

Read the rest of the article here.

Party time at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event

Par-Tea group photo

Martin-Fontana Parks Association board members attended San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Annual Volunteer Appreciation Par-Tea at Lake Cunningham Park Saturday.  Lots of fun was had by all as you can see by the photos.

MFPA President Linda Wilson receives several awards at San Jose Parks Foundation’s Summer Soiree

Thursday June 25th, at the Japanese Friendship Gardens Tea House, San Jose Parks Foundation’s President, Kathy Sutherland, presented their Community Hero Award to MFPA President Linda Wilson.

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Linda also received a Commendation from the County of Santa Clara presented by Policy Assistant, Mike Donohoe.


Presenting the final Commendation from the City of San Jose were District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.


A beautiful evening was enjoyed by all in celebrating the partnerships, projects, and the future of the San Jose Parks Foundation. A big thank you to James Reber, the Founding Executive Director, for putting this all together.


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