SCCAOR Work Party
On Saturday the 22nd, MFPA President Linda Wilson signed in 15 volunteers from the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors group (SCCAOR), two Leland High School students and two Martin-Fontana Parks Association members. They worked both sides of McAbee Road to clean up the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Garden* and the Scout I and II native plant gardens. New mulch was applied to all the areas that 10 bags would cover and the street gutters were completely cleaned of plant life and dirt from squirrel and gopher activity. The dog was there to take care of any escaping rodents. Thanks to all their hard work both sides of the street are once again looking beautiful.
*Friday, the 28th of this month, will be the 15th anniversary of the loss of Office Jeffrey Fontana.
Christine Noordam & Nancy Kalashian sell tickets
The Raffle Prize table
Rod Carpenter gets some help
Rod Carpenter calls them out
Kari Snyder gives Linda Abad her prize
A lot of thanks go to those community businesses who donated such great prizes!
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.