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In this issue:

Window on the River Park

Window on the River Park, our annual donor recognition event, was held on Thursday, June 8th and generously hosted and underwritten by Adobe Systems, Inc.

We were joined by Mayor Sam Liccardo, County Supervisors Dave Cortese and Ken Yeager, and Councilmember Johnny Khamis. Board Member Kelly Hattley thanked our sponsors, and President Jeff Lawson announced a partnership with SPUR.

Executive Director Leslee Hamilton shared our vision for the park as the centerpiece of a thriving San Jose. Click here to view the slides developed by landscape architect Ken Kay.

We greatly appreciate the individuals, corporations, and foundations who provide operating support for our education, advocacy, and stewardship efforts.

Conservancy Ambassadors





River Park Visionary

PlayGarden Partners

Arena Green Fellows

Terry & Carol Austen
Blach Construction
Boston Properties
Dan Caputo
Cilker Family Businesses
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Insight Realty
Lewis and Tibbitts
Francois & Beth Rodigari
Samaritan Medical Center
Santa Clara Valley Water District
California Service Tool
Silicon Valley Law Group
A Slice of New York

Discovery Meadow Circle

Able Services
Air Filter/Control
Gachina Landscape Management
Garden City Sanitation
Richard Peterson & Sheryl Hinshaw
Johnson Controls International
MacArthur Co.
Old Republic Title
Katherine Oven
San Jose Earthquakes
Rotten Robbie
The Schoennauer Company
Jodi & Drew Starbird
Universal Site Services
Vulcan Construction

Trail Stewards

The Best Electrical
California Hydronics
Hopkins & Carley
Martin Kopp
Heather & Andy Lerner
Lord & Sons
Mac Millan Properties
Mason West
Reed & Graham
Salas O’Brien
San Francisco Elevator Services
Santa Clara Valley Contractors Association
United Rentals
Verde Design
Winsupply of Silicon Valley

Mother's Day Adopt a Rose

Many thanks to all who adopted a rose for Mother's Day and joined us for our inaugural reception in the Heritage Rose Garden. We are also grateful for Donna Snodgrass' many hours in the garden tending plaques and the volunteers from South Bay Heritage Rose Group whose twice weekly sessions keep the roses looking good.

Bike to Work Day

Supervisor Ken Yeager and lots of employees from KLA-TencorBloom EnergyGoogle, and VTA were among the 493 cyclists counted at our Energizer Station on May 11th.

Volunteer Corner

Western Digital (above left) joined us in the Heritage Rose Garden and had a lot of fun smelling the roses at peak bloom. CA Technologies (right) brought a team to help weed the Historic Orchard; they especially enjoying using pitchforks!

A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past April:

Boy Scout Troop 452
CA Technologies
California San Jose LDS Missionaries
Cisco Systems
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Hope Services
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Lynbrook High School Interact Club
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
Notre Dame High School
Presentation High School
Santa Clara University Delta Sigma Pi
Western Digital Foundation

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged more than 2,824 volunteer hours in April.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. July 1st, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • PlayGarden Landscaping Support
    Ongoing, e-mail Ricky for more information.
  • General Support - Ongoing
    Have some time during the week but can't make one of our regular workdays? Let us know! Every bit of time helps. E-mail Ricky for more information.


Volunteer Highlight: The Harker School
The Harker School is one of the local high schools that sends us volunteers. Spanish teacher Diana Moss is our biggest champion there. Whenever Diana sees has the opportunity to bring students out to volunteer, she’s here leading the way, with the biggest smile you'll ever see on a teacher's face. The Harker School community has donated over 130 hours of service so far this year. We appreciate The Harker School for their commitment to community service.

So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations,
Rotary PlayGarden,
The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Our Outdoor Environmental Science Program for homeschool students is currently on Summer Break.

Check back in August for program updates, including registration!

Click here to learn more.

Heritage Rose Garden Workdays

Wednesdays and Saturdays
8:30 to 11:30 am
Volunteers needed!

Looking to meet new people and get involved in your community? Join a dedicated group of volunteers to help maintain the Heritage Rose Garden, San Jose's unique collection of over 3,600 antique and modern roses.

Thanks to NBC Bay Area for featuring the garden in this Mother's Day segment.

Click here for more information.

Orchard Workday

Saturday, July 1st
8:30 to 11:30 am
Volunteers needed!

Help preserve a portion of the old Santa Clara Valley, when orchards stretched across the valley floor. We are looking for volunteers to help maintain the Historic Orchard in Guadalupe Gardens every first Saturday of the month.

Click here to sign up.

Rotary PlayGarden Anniversary

May 23rd marked the two-year anniversary of the PlayGarden's opening. Since then, we've tallied over 346,000 visitors!

We rely on community support to staff and maintain the park in pristine condition.

Click here to donate.

Autumn Pkwy. Extension

The Autumn Parkway extension, connecting Coleman Ave. to Julian St., opened May 31st and includes new bike lanes and reopening of the trail along the east side of Autumn. Parking will no longer be allowed along Autumn in either direction. We hope you enjoy this new route to the park!

Legacy Giving

Please consider a bequest to GRPC as part of your estate plan. There's no minimum amount required. In fact, you can specify any dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or designate what remains after your estate has been settled. Here's some sample language:

I give to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a California non-profit corporation (Tax ID 77-0166797), $_______ or _____% of my estate or ____% of the residue of my estate.

I intend this gift to be used for an endowment that will support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in perpetuity OR I intend this gift to be used at the Board of Directors' discretion.

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