Annual Neighborhood 4th of July Parade!

4th of July parade

Come out and join us in the Annual Neighborhood 4th of July Parade! It’s a fun walk/ride that ends at TJ Martin park with popsicles and fun! Kids decorate your bikes or scooters, adults join us too on your bike or for a walk. Dress up your pet, drive your fancy car!

It’s a good old-fashioned kind of fun! Parade starts at 9:30am (be at Colorview Court at 9:15am if you want to join parade) and ends before 10am at the park with popsicles. This year, join the watermelon eating contest or see if you can hula hoop the longest! Or have fun with a water balloon toss! Prizes for winners of each contest!

Parade and popsicles sponsored by your neighborhood realtor Theresa Wellman and games/contests with prizes all sponsored by Martin-Fontana Parks Association (MFPA). Contact Theresa@HomeOwnerExperience.com with any questions or to volunteer!

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.

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

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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.

Drought & San Jose Parks

TJ2 damage

Doing Our Part to Conserve

With California facing the most severe drought in history, and residents being asked to reduce usage by 30%, the City of San José takes its responsibility to conserve water seriously.  PRNS is dedicated to maintaining our facilities in a way that both conserves water and preserves our parks. Although public parks are exempt from the watering restrictions, we plan to reduce our potable (fresh) water usage while keeping areas of our parks green, to provide our residents a respite from the drought conditions and a safe environment to recreate.
For the rest of the statement click here.

Here’s an article written by Leeta-Rose Allester for the May 29th edition of the Cambrian Resident:

Linda Cambrian Resident 5-29-15

TJ Martin Park bench refinished

Thanks to the work of Ranger M. Mac, M. Mendriski, and N. Martinez, we have a nicely refinished bench in TJ Martin Park.  It was the last of those still needing an upgrade.  Our Martin-Fontana Parks Association provided the funds to purchase the necessary materials and they provided the labor.

Before refinishing.

Before refinishing.

Warped

Warped boards.

TJ2 Bench repair

Off with the old boards

TJ2 Bench

and on with the new ones.

The finished product.  Nice, huh?

The finished product. Nice, huh?

Great job, guys!

The Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden gets a Spring makeover

On Sat the 9th of May, the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors (SCCAOR), with the support of the Martin-Fontana Parks Association, and Adopt-a-Park, weeded, dead-headed roses and generally cleaned-up the Fontana Memorial Rose Garden at McAbee Road and Golden Oaks Drive.  Continuing to make this area the highlight of the commute on McAbee!  Thanks for all your hard work, volunteers.  What we do without you.

Thanks also, to our photographer, Susan Mosher for the great photos.

Hard at work

Volunteers hard at work

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Martin-Fontana Parks Association Board votes in 4 more Directors at the annual General Membership Meeting

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From left to right in the back row are Director Dennis Abad, Vice President Larry Sasscer, Secretary Pat Wagstaff, Director and Fundraising Chair Rod Carpenter, Director Dick Stevens, and Treasurer Mike Kalashian.  In the front row from left to right are President Linda Wilson, Director and AV/Website Chair Sunny Wagstaff, Past President Pier Maggiani, Director Vince Piazzisi, and newly elected Director Rich Grialou.  Not shown is newly elected Director Chuck Haywood.

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This brings our Board up to twelve members from eight. The MFPA Bylaws have been updated, and the new additions to the Board will be able to provide more direct member input into the MFPA values and activities.

Our biggest challenges that remain are:  PG&E, the drought, and working in a partnership with Parks Recreation & Neighborhood Services and the City of San Jose.

 

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