Is this email not displaying correctly? Try the web version.

Home | Education | The Park | Volunteer | Contribute

NEWSLETTER: October 2016

In this issue:

Pumpkins in the Park

Pumpkins in the Park returns to Discovery Meadow this Saturday, October 8th from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission!

What's there to do at Pumpkins in the Park? You can buy and decorate a pumpkin, play carnival games, join a costume parade, watch children's entertainers, or visit with the many community organizations.

You can also help spread the word by sharing the Facebook event.

We still have room for volunteers for setup and tear-down on Saturday. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Event Sponsors - Cavalia, City of San Jose, Cortese Brothers Farms, First 5, Martinelli's, NBC Bay Area, Whole Foods Market

GRPC Partners - Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing, Adobe, Air Filter/Control, Air Systems, Mike & Christy Akatiff, Armanino, Terry & Carol Austen, Barry Swenson Builder, Blach Construction, Boston Properties, BrightView, Cilker Family Businesses, eBay, Eco Bay Services, Heritage Bank of Commerce, Insight Realty, Lewis & Tibbits, PG&E, Francois & Beth Rodigari, Samaritan Medical Center, SanDisk, San Jose Water Company, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Silicon Valley Law Group, A Slice of New York, John Michael Sobrato, West Valley Construction, WHCI Plumbing Supply

Event Supporters - Joan & Sheryl Hinshaw

Click here for more information.

Window on the River Park

Window on the River Park, our annual donor recognition event, will be held on Wednesday, October 5th and is generously hosted and underwritten by Adobe Systems, Inc.

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









Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing
Air Filter/Control
Blach Construction
Boston Properties
eBay Inc.
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Insight Realty
Lewis & Tibbits
Francois & Beth Rodigari
Samaritan Medical Center
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Sharks Sports & Entertainment
Silicon Valley Law Group
A Slice of New York
WHCI Plumbing Supply


Robert A. Bothman, Inc.
Cosmopolitan Catering
Garden City Sanitation
Goodwill of Silicon Valley
Lord & Sons
MacArthur Co.
Mason West
Norman S. Wright Mechanical Equipment
Old Republic Title
Katherine Oven
San Jose Earthquakes
Rotten Robbie
San Pedro Square Market
The Schoennauer Company
Seven Flags Automotive Care Network
Jodi & Drew Starbird
Verde Design, Inc.
Santa Clara Windustrial
Joann Zimmerman


Bayside HVAC Products
Bellarmine College Preparatory
The Best Electrical
California Hydronics
Erica Carr
Simon Bloch & Denise Chilow
Conklin Bros.
Evoqua Water Technologies
Feralloy PDM Steel Service
GC Fasteners
Gloria Duffy & Rod Diridon
Heat Transfer Equipment
Richard Peterson & Sheryl Hinshaw
Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel
Hopkins & Carley
Johanson & Yau
Heather & Andy Lerner
MacMillan Properties
Morgan Franich Fredkin Siamas & Kays LLP
Reed & Graham
Salas O’Brien
Santa Clara Valley Contractors Association
Scott Machinery
South Bay Piping Industry

Trail Use on the Rise

Our Coleman Ave. trail count site registered a 30% increase over 2015, with an average of over 1,387 daily users.

Click here for the Trail Count Summary Report.

Volunteer Corner

A cheerful group from ARM joined us for a river cleanup and removed 328 pounds of debris otherwise destined for San Francisco Bay.

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


Bellarmine College Preparatory

California San Jose Mission

Creekside School

Friends of Children with Special Needs

Habitat for Humanity

Hope Services

Mission Bay

Morgan Autism Center

Moss Adams

Muldoon Construction


South Bay Heritage Rose Group

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged over 1,904 volunteer hours in August.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
    Sat. November 5th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Monthly River Clean Up
    Sat. October 15th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.

  • Pumpkins in the Park
    Sat. October 8th, Various shifts available. Sign up.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Classes

Spooky Critters

Click here for more information on our homeschool program.

Fall Walking Series

Saturdays, October 15th - Nov. 5th
8:30 to 9:30 am
$20/members, $30/non-members
Ages 18 and up

Join fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher on Saturday mornings for fun, fitness and friendship along the Guadalupe River trails. Whether you are looking to start a fitness program or add to your current program, they will be out on the trails with you providing instruction, motivation and accountability. Interval training, safe for all fitness levels, will be used along with additional strength and flexibility exercises.

Click here to sign up.

Beginners Landscape Watercolor Painting

Saturday, October 15th
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
$20/members, $25/non-members

Learn how to capture nature's beautiful landscapes with watercolors. Art Specialist Heather Engle will show participants how to control water and pigment levels to explore variations in color and light. Other topics covered include: primary colors, secondary colors, watercolor techniques, and the elements of landscape painting.

Click here to sign up.

Rotary PlayGarden Campaign

Help us keep the PlayGarden clean and safe!

With over 243,000 visitors since May 2015, the PlayGarden needs lots of TLC so we have launched a campaign to fund operations and maintenance, with the goal of maintaining the cleanest and safest place to play in the South Bay!

As Conservancy employees, Rotary PlayGarden Attendants play a key role in that effort, greeting guests at the gate, enforcing park rules, and performing daily maintenance tasks. While paid attendants were an unanticipated cost, they have proven essential in keeping the park clean and safe.

Click here to see what happens behind the scenes and pledge your support.

Water Festival

We hosted our 14th annual Water Festival on Wednesday, September 14th, with over 250 5th-grade students from River Glen, Luther Burbank, and Franklin schools.

Many thanks to our volunteers and the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for underwriting the costs.

Thanks to our Environmental Education Partners: Children's Discovery Museum, City of San Jose - Environmental Services Dept., Marine Science Institute, Our City Forest, SF Bay Wildlife Society, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Save the Bay, UCCE Master Gardeners, Ulistac Natural Area Restoration & Education Project, Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center, and Youth Science Institute

Cavalia presents Odysseo

Cavalia's latest equestrian and acrobatic adventure, Odysseo, continues under the white big top at Coleman and Ryland, with matinee and evening performances scheduled through October 30th.

Please note there will be heavier-than-usual traffic on the trail between Julian and Coleman during show times.

Save up to 15% on evening shows with promo code VOYAGE.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Legacy Giving

Why Should You Include a Charitable Gift in Your Will (Or Living Trust)?

  1. It's simple to do. It can be as easy as including language stating, "I give $20,000 to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy."
  2. You can change your mind. We won't receive the gift until after your death. During your lifetime, you can amend anything you choose, i.e., beneficiaries, amounts, etc.
  3. Tax-wise, it could be beneficial. Gifts to qualified charitable organizations reduce the value of your estate for estate tax purposes.
  4. It's an easy way to support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and we'd be grateful for your gift. Bequests of every size build our future financial strength.
Home | Education | The Park | Volunteer | Contribute