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Guadalupe Gardens Development

After more than a year of study, soccer fields won't be built in Guadalupe Gardens. A Caltrans aviation division prohibition on group recreation and children's activities in the approach zone derailed the proposal. During the study, airport staff put forward a plan to remove land along Coleman Avenue for commercial development - a proposal that we emphatically oppose. The current master plan calls for a "green gateway" along Coleman. We would rather hold out for a bold vision, such as the one shown that was developed in 2009 by Ken Kay.

Click to learn more about master planning.

Summer Interns

We're pleased to welcome seven students from the Santa Clara County Intern & Earn program. Pictured above with education staff Luana and Mel (right) are Junior Guadalupe Guides Allina, Destiny, Gena, and Josh, who will support our summer day camp. We appreciate their enthusiam and positive attitudes!

They have also been a wonderful help in socializing and caring for the litter of kittens we've been hosting; the kittens will be available for adoption soon. E-mail if interested.

Summer Day Camp

Boys & Girls Club members from the Alum Rock, Smythe, and Levin clubhouses are joining us for a week each in July for a half-day camp that uses the gardens, river, and trail. Activities include geocaching, bike riding, and learning about the river environment, animals, and food production. Many thanks to our neighbors at Trader Joe's for providing behind-the-scenes tours to complement the lesson in the Historic Orchard.

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 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

Volunteer Corner

A cheerful group of BPM employees joined us to spruce up the Courtyard Garden roses.

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

California San Jose LDS Missionaries
Cristo Rey High School
The Fairmont Hotel San Jose
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Hope Services
Keller Williams Realty
Lattice Semiconductor
Lynbrook High School CSF
McCarthy Building Companies
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
Notre Dame High School
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 more than 2,047 volunteer hours in May.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. August 5th, 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.


Meet Volunteer: Mary
Mary is one of our office and Rotary PlayGarden volunteers; she comes to us as she is recovering from a work injury. Mary has been a great help with our interns from the county program in providing leadership support on projects. We hope she's able to return to work soon, but will miss her when the time comes. Everyone at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy would like to give a big round of applause and thank you to Mary for all that she's doing for us.

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

Upcoming Events

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.

Click here for more information.

Historic Orchard Workday

Saturday, August 5th
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.

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.

GRPC Board of Directors

We greatly appreciate our hard working, volunteer Board of Directors, led by our Executive Committee:

Jeff Lawson, President
Silicon Valley Law Group

Francois Rodigari, Vice President
San Jose Water Company

Marguerite Lee, Secretary
A Slice of New York

Marty Cull, Treasurer
Air Systems

Terry Austen, Past President
Kaiser, Retired

Erica Carr
Adobe Systems

Teresa Davies
Community Representative

Kelly Hattley
Boston Properties

Sheryl Hinshaw
Johanson & Yau

Marty Kopp

Tony Le
Stanford University

Jed Mettee
San Jose Earthquakes

Mike McCarroll
SAP Center

Michael Parrish
San Jose State University

Cameron Schwab

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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.

Independence Day Festivities

The San Jose Rotary Club-sponsored fireworks drew a big crowd to Discovery Meadow. We hope you enjoyed the show!

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