Supporting San Jose Parks, Trails, and Recreation Programs
Beyond the key areas of programming and activities, San Jose Parks Foundation takes on special projects, sometimes as part of one its usual areas and other times to meet special situations for the good of our parks and trails.
One of these special projects happened right after the foundation first formed. Working with then-Councilmember Nancy Pyle, the foundation became the fiscal agent for the reopening of Almaden Lake's swimming area. Shortly after this, the foundation took on the task of building a volunteer Dog Waste Bag Program to replace the one the city cut.
Since then, a few more projects have been engaged. The Abronzino Field House Project is a partnership between the foundation and a community group trying to build a filed house in the soccer fields at Watson Park.
San Jose Parks Foundation is involved in the multiple efforts to revive St. James Park and restore it to elegance and full use by citizens. Executive Director James Reber is a co-chair on the exploratory committee for the Levitt Pavilion project, as well as a member of the City Manager's multi-party team trying to activate the park this summer.
More recently, San Jose Parks Foundation became the nonprofit partner, along with a citizens group at Pueblo de Dios Church, led by the remarkable community activist, Ken Pyle, working with KaBOOM! and funded primarily by the San Jose Sharks. The project began in late October and the Pueblo Play playground was built in a neighborhood on Payne Avenue (just west of Winchester) that really needed a playground for young children.
Citizen Stewardship is no longer a dream for the future, but a necessity of the present. San Jose Parks Foundation works with several groups on an ongiong basis to protect our parks and trails and the environment in which they thrive, to clean our critical waterways, and to provide accessibility and security for neighborhood parks.
By providing Fiscal Agency, fundraising and organizational assistance, and cutting red tape, San Jose Parks Foundation empowers neighborhoods and community groups across the city.
Budget cuts in recreation programs affected the kids who need these activities the most. Some programs were cut, others have to charge kids to participate. San Jose Parks Foundation helps fund kids programs, including fitness, team sports, summer camp, arts & crafts - targeting low income, at risk youth.
San Jose Parks & Trails Volunteer Programs, administered by city staff, provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in needed work from qualified volunteers. San Jose Parks Foundation helps recruit, train, and manage volunteers, working with the city's programs (including Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Trail), as well as working with our citizen stewards and neighborhood groups.
San Jose Parks Foundation is a voice of Advocacy for San Jose citizens, as well as an active partner with other parks, trails and open space advocates to be an effective voice for empowerment and long-term stewardship of the treasure that is our network of parks and trails.
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We welcome your inquiries, opinions and ideas. Contact San Jose Parks Foundation by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by telephone: (408) 893-PARK