Archive for the ‘Adopt-a-Park’ Category

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.

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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.

Adopt-a-Park volunteers save the day

What a great workday, Sunday, February 12! The weather was awesome.  Students from Rancho Milpitas Middle School, San Jose High School and other volunteers met at McAbee to prune roses and weed the Jeffrey Fontana Memorial Rose Garden. Thanks to Adopt-a-Park and PRNS, we had all the necessary tools and support to remove one and a half truck-loads of debris. Thanks to Martin-Fontana Parks Association, volunteers were properly checked in and there was water and snacks to keep everyone focused. The roses were pruned and thinned so that we should have a wonderful 2017 bloom. Work was also done on the east side of McAbee in the two scout projects; and a pile of wood chips, recently delivered to East Fontana, on the east-side of the Golf Creek Bridge, was partially spread. PRNS will be bringing in a small front-loader to help in this process. All in all, we thank those that helped with yesterday’s project.

One word to those of us that use McAbee. When there is a coordinated effort such as this, and it is necessary for volunteers to work curb-side, please exercise caution; please slow down. Those commuting on McAbee in general exceed the posted limit. Even with middle school children negotiating wheelbarrows in the bike path on McAbee, vehicles maintained their speed. So folks, in general, if you see a work party, slow down. Those florescent-pink vested workers and their stewards would appreciate it.

Patrick P. Pizzo,

MFPA Project Coordinator

 

February 2017 Newsletter

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Just click on the photo to download the Newsletter or click here

A Big Thank You to these Adopt-a-Park Folks

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These 10th Graders from the Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, spent their Saturday morning cleaning up the brush and spreading mulch in Jeffrey Fontana Park.  What a hard-working group they were!  They cheerfully cut down scrub oaks and filled two truck loads full of trimmings that Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) hauled away.  Thanks to Steve Cameron of PRNS for his Saturday help.  Thanks also to those Martin-Fontana Park Association members that helped, the Adopt-a-Park folks, and the PRNS staff from the City of San Jose that assisted with tools, refreshments and project management.  This was a real team effort.

Thanks to SCCAOR and all the other volunteers

SCCAOR Work Party

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.

Aug 2016 Newsletter announcementJust click here or on the image above for the Newsletter.

Were our Voices heard?! You be the Judge.

Rod Carpenter speaks before the Council

 On Monday, April 11th, 2016, Martin-Fontana Parks Association members attended the San Jose City Council Parks Study Session at the San Jose City Hall, City Council Chambers.  Please click here for a video link to Study Session.

 

*NOTE:  Public comments start at the 39 minute mark and the Martin-Fontana Parks Association presentation starts at the 42 minutes mark. 

 

Martin-Fontana Parks Association included this slide show to accompany our comments before the Mayor, Council Members, and the Dept of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS).  The following MFPA members spoke before the Council on these subjects relating to or two parks:

Introduction – Linda Wilson
Irrigation – Linda Wilson
Rodent Damages – Rod Carpenter
Park Safety – Rod Carpenter
Weed Control – Rich Grialou
Volunteers – Mike Kalashian
Sense of Community – Rosy Bowring

 

We encourage you to email your park maintenance concerns to the following city officials:

sam.liccardo@sanjoseca.gov

johnny.khamis@sanjoseca.gov

donald.rocha@sanjoseca.gov

rose.herrera@sanjoseca.gov

tam.nguyen@sanjoseca.gov

pierluigi.oliverio@sanjose.gov

magdalena.carrasco@sanjoseca.gov

manh.nguyen@sanjoseca.gov

raul.peralez@sanjoseca.gov

ash.kalra@sanjoseca.gov

charles.jones@sanjoseca.gov