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In this issue:

Welcoming Jason

Jason Su joined the Conservancy staff as our new Executive Director on June 3rd. Jason previously served for five years as the Street Life Manager at the San Jose Downtown Association, fostering collaborations with businesses, nonprofits, foundations, and the public sector. He has also held positions at the San Francisco Department of Public Works, SPUR, and the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County. Jason succeeds Leslee Hamilton who has served in this role with heart and soul since 2008. Please join us in sharing our hearfelt thanks to Leslee and welcome to Jason.

Click here to read the annoucement.

Impact Day Donation

Deloitte presented us with this big check on June 7th as part of their 20th Impact Day and teamed up with City of San Jose PRNS on beautification projects in three regions of the park, including some much-needed weeding in the Courtyard Garden. We're grateful for Deloitte's generous support and shared vision for an iconic, active, and well-maintained central park for our community.

A Tribute to the Carousel

Window on the River Park, our 18th annual fundraising party, was held on May 30th and generously hosted and underwritten by Adobe. This year's festivities centered around our planned relocation and reactivation of the Children's Carousel at Arena Green.

We were joined by Mayor Sam Liccardo, Councilmembers Raul Peralez and Johnny Khamis, and Valley Water Board Chair Linda LeZotte.

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

More photos in the right-hand column.

Carousel Circle







Salmon Run

Eagle Convocation

KT Urban
Platform 16
Sharks Sports & Entertainment
John Michael Sobrato
Vulcan Construction
West Valley Construction

Coyote Pack

Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing
Terry & Carol Austen
Boston Properties
Erica Carr
Mike & Mary Ellen Fox
Garden City Construction
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Lewis & Tibbitts
One Pearl Place
Republic Urban Properties
Francois & Beth Rodigari
Silicon Valley Law Group
A Slice of New York
Valley Water
Verde Design

Rabbit Colony

Able Services
Air Systems
Jim & Robyn Alves
Dan Caputo, Jr. Family
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Dr. Gloria C. Duffy & Hon. Rod Diridon, Sr.
Garden City Sanitation
Dave & Noelle Henderson
H.T. Harvey & Associates
Richard & Sheryl Peterson
Hopkins & Carley
HydroScience Engineers
Yohann Jacob & Kacey Armstrong
Jacobs Engineering Group
Rotten Robbie
Salas O'Brien Engineers
Samaritan Medical Center
SiliconSage Homes
San Jose Earthquakes
The Schoennauer Company
Jodi & Drew Starbird

Hummingbird Hover

Jon Ball
Bellarmine College Preparatory
Alex Cox
Mac Millan Properties
Charles McCarroll
Mission Valley Ford
Reed & Graham
Santa Clara Valley Contractors Assoc.
South Bay Piping Industry
Steinberg Hart
Urban Catalyst

Volunteer Corner

Samsung joined us to beautify the park for their annual Earth Day volunteering event. 77 volunteers worked on multiple projects including a trail cleanup, weeding within our various gardens, mulching around the Heritage Rose Garden picnic area, and rehabilitating some of our wheelbarrows! We got a lot of work done in a short amount of time and greatly appreciate the support from our corporate partners.

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

Averroes High School
HandsOn Bay Area
Hope Services
Indigo Group
Leland High School
Mission Bay
Archbishop Mitty High School
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
Notre Dame High School
Pioneer High School
SJSU, Occupational Therapy
Shin Shin Youth Group
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County
VMWare Foundation
Westmont High School, CSF
Yerba Buena High School, NHS

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged 1,978 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. June 29th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.


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

Upcoming Events

Camp Guadalupe

Why should fun and learning stop during Summer?

Camp Guadalupe is a drop-in camp that provides participants with an educational, affordable, and engaging way to enjoy Summer months. Each program is deliberately designed to support the development of our students. Programs take place outside, weather permitting, and we use natural phenomena to drive student learning.

Click here to register.

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.

Rotary Fireworks

Thursday, July 4th
6:00 to 11:00 pm

Save the Date! The Rotary Club of San Jose-sponsored fireworks show returns to Guadalupe River Park's Discovery Meadow on July 4th.

Click here for more information.

More photos from Window on the River Park

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."
  1. 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.
  1. Tax-wise, it could be beneficial. Gifts to qualified charitable organizations reduce the value of your estate for estate tax purposes.
  1. 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.
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