Jeffrey Fontana Park’s Native Plant Islands

Before they were islands of rocks:

Thanks to MFPA, we now have islands of beauty.

Patrick Pizzo, one of Martin-Fontana Parks Association coordinators, has produced  a video explaining what plants are in these islands.   Thanks, Patrick!

  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Soccer fields to be treated for Broadleaf Weeds

Frank Maldonado Jr., Senior Maintenance Worker for San Jose’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, has informed us that they will be spraying the TJ Martin sports field for Broadleaf weeds after the rains.

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Sometime during the week of the 5th through the 11th of Feb. or the following week. They will be applying two applications. After the 1st week of March they will fertilize, aerate, and reseed the turf.  The next step in the process will be to fence off the field.

The sports field is located at the western intersection of Meridian Avenue and Oakglen Way in TJ Martin Park.

UPDATE:  Mar 23rd, the soccer fields have been closed off and the spraying will begin. 

San Jose City Council’s Report on Sustainable Park Maintenance

For those who couldn’t attend, here’s a video link to the report on Sustainable Park Maintenance presented on the 22nd of March at the San Jose City Council meeting.

TJ Martin benches refreshed

The refinished benches today

Thanks to the Junior Rangers, Martin-Fontana Parks Association members Paul Dornell and Larry Sasscer for doing such an outstanding job!  Wow!  They really look nice.  Come and sit a spell and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

Ready for Action !

 

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From left to right are: Pat Wagstaff (Recording Secretary), Greg Caillat (Director), Robert Braunstein (Director), Sunny Wagstaff (Director), Mike Kalashian (Treasurer), Rich Grialou (Director), Dick Stevens (PG&E Negotiations Chair but not a Board member), Linda Wilson (Past President), Rod Carpenter (President), and Linda Opp (Correspondence Secretary).  Not present is our new Vice President,Rich Zahner.

After conducting business, Linda Wilson, the outgoing President was presented an award for her time and service by incoming new President, Rod Carpenter.

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From left to right are Johnny Khamis (District 10 Councilmember), Linda Wilson, and Rod Carpenter.

Martin-Fontana Parks Association recognized at CPRS dinner

On Thursday the 23rd of February, the Martin-Fontana Parks Association was recognized at this year’s California Parks and Rec Society (CPRS) Appreciation Dinner held at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino.

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Representing MFPA at the event, from left to right were Ron Wilson, Dick Stevens, Ellie Carpenter, Rod Carpenter, Johnny Khamis, Mike Kalashian, Nancy Kalashian, Larry Sasscer, and Linda Wilson. (Photo provided by Johnny Khamis)

A letter from Jean Dresden of the San Jose Park Advocates

Here’s a letter, dated Feb. 5th, from Jean Dresden.  Jean is a member of the San Jose Park Advocates sjpagroup (an all volunteer group of neighborhood association leaders).  This letter was presented to the San Jose City Council Neighborhood Services & Education, (NSE), committee. In It you will find a good summary of current San Jose park issues.

 

Here’s a link to read the letter:  parkconditionsnse2017feb9item3sjparksadvocates.