We have a new Address

Martin-Fontana Parks Association
6081 Meridian Avenue
Suite 70 #246
San Jose, CA 95120

You can also reach us at:  SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com too.

Guadalupe Oak Grove Park fire

When asked in an email about the afternoon fire in GOGP on June 12th , Roger Hurtado, a Workers Compensation Analyst for the San Jose Fire Department, replied that it was a controlled burn.  However, according to Michele Dexter, the Council Liaison for the Office of District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis, reported that it was not a controlled burn, but a fire started by a tipped over BBQ being used illegally in the park.  The perpetrators fled the scene, so it is not known who started it.  Thankfully, the SJFD got there as quick as possible, and got the fire  controlled or who knows how far and wide it would have spread.

Sadly, Lee Pauser, who has a web site called Birdsfly, reported that there were 9 Bluebird nesting boxes in or adjacent to the burn area.  Five nestlings in a box on the edge of the burn area were found dead.  Five 2-day-old nestlings in another box deep in the burn area were weak, and or not expected to survive.  Not only were there birds nesting in the nest boxes, but the park has many natural cavities which are used for nesting purposes. There may also have been birds nesting on the ground, or in nests they have built in the trees.  The burn has blackened the hillside that harbors insects that the birds are so dependent on for feeding their young. This loss of local insects now means that they will have to extend their foraging range.

Park Visitors:

With an Excessive Heat Watch having been issued by the National Weather Service for Friday through Sunday across the Bay Area, please take care not to have this happen again.  With the huge mass of dead weeds in the park, yesterday’s event clearly illustrates the problem with the fire-load in the park and the fire department’s ability to deal with the situation. Access to roads, multiple entry points and such, made for a rapid response. Winds were active at the time of the fire, and we were all very fortunate. Thanks to the San Jose Fire Department’s quick response, good coordination, and proper training, they were able to put out the fire before it had spread any further.

Tired of looking at those UGLY concrete blocks in our Parks?

According to an article published by Julia Baum in the  June 16th. Cambrian Resident, artists are being sought to paint murals on park water vaults.  You can read her article at:  http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/13/san-jose-artists-sought-to-paint-murals-on-park-water-vaults/.

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A Budget Letter from San Jose Park Advocates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a letter that Jean Dresden of San Jose Park Advocates is sending to the San Jose City Council regarding the 2017/2018 City Budget.  San Jose Parks Advocates offers these comments on the proposed operating and capital budgets for FY 2017G18:  City Council Budget letter

 

 

Jeffrey Fontana Rose Garden gets a clean up

Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden clean up Crew

Thanks to the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR), who came out in force last Saturday on May 20th, the Memorial Garden looks better than ever.  They were assisted by five members of the Pioneer High School Key Club, who are mentored by the Kiwanis, and members of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association.

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It’s been five years since the SCCAOR Foundation adopted the Memorial Garden and pledged more than $4000 toward its upkeep, besides volunteering their time and hard work each spring and fall to maintain the beautiful red and white theme.  Chairman of the group is Frank Cancilla

The Martin-Fontana Parks Association greatly appreciates SCCAOR’s funding and volunteerism for the last five years. We salute their members who contribute so much to the lasting beauty of the garden that was planted to memorialize Officer Jeffrey Fontana.  Officer Fontana was killed in the line of duty while patrolling our neighborhoods.

*Photos provided by Nancy Kalashian.  Thanks, Nancy.

 

 

Fontana Park’s Tot Lot fence is looking like new again!

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, the fence got a new coat of paint.

Martin-Fontana Parks Association member, Scott Raley, directed the scraping & painting for the two days it required.  We even had Fire Station 22 firefighters drop by to lend a hand.

Engine 22

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Stop by and you will notice a job well done!

A HUGE Thank You to MFPA member and realtor, Scott Raley, who led the project to restore the iron fence.  Volunteers included firefighters from Fire Station 22 on Bose Ave., Kiwanis members, the Raley family, one grandson, and MFPA members.  The fence looks great, thanks to: Scott, Susan, Daniel and Christie Raley, Ingrid Menafra, Mike Montanari, (Kiwanis), John Senkier, Kara Danielsen, Scott Fey, Tom Connelly (Station 22), and Sunny Wagstaff, Linda Wilson, Johnny Khamis, Rich Grialou, Jack Robertson, Mike Kalashian, Dennis Abad, Patrick Pizzo, Robert Braunstein, and Rod Carpenter (MFPA). 

*Photos by Nancy Kalashian and Sunny Wagstaff.

Here’s our latest Newsletter. Check it out!

WOW!  What does our new President have to say?!  What’s happening in our parks?!  Find out in our latest Newsletter.

*Click on the image or go to:  https://saveourparktrees.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/newsletter-apr-2017.pdf for the complete newsletter.