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NEWSLETTER: November 2019

In this issue:

Giving Thanks

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the sponsors, partners, supporters, contributors, and volunteers who made Pumpkins in the Park a great success! Save the Date for next year - October 10, 2020!

Event Sponsors & Supporters

City of San Jose
First 5 Santa Clara County
The Health Trust
Marguerite Lee
Charles McCarroll
NBC Bay Area & Telemundo
Jodi Starbird
Valley Transportation Authority

GRPC Partners

We also appreciate these generous partners whose support underwrites all our events and programs:

Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing, Adobe, Mike & Christy Akatiff, Arm, Armanino, Terry & Carol Austen, Blach Construction, Boston Properties, BrightView, Erica Carr, Deloitte, eBay, Mike & Mary Ellen Fox, Garden City Construction, Heritage Bank of Commerce, KT Urban, Lewis & Tibbits, One Pearl Place, Platform 16, Republic Urban Properties, Francois & Beth Rodigari, San Jose Water Company, Sharks Sports & Entertainment, Silicon Valley Law Group, A Slice of New York, John Michael Sobrato, SPUR, Valley Water, Vulcan Construction, Verde Design, and West Valley Construction

Rotary PlayGarden Expansion

We are pleased to announce that the Rotary PlayGarden is expanding to the north (pink area above) thanks to County of Santa Clara and City of San Jose support. What would you like to see in the expansion? We're collaborating with the City of San Jose's Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services to gather community input -- visit us in person at the PlayGarden and complete the survey linked below through November 17th.

You can also provide input at community meetings at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor & Education Center on January 9th and February 25th, 2020, 6:30-8:00 pm.

Take the survey.

Heritage Rose Garden Donation

We are grateful to receive a $1,000 donation from the Heritage Roses Group Bay Area for the Mel Hulse Fund in support of the Heritage Rose Garden. Established in memory of the garden's former volunteer director, the Mel Hulse Fund enables us to enhance the garden's unique collection of heritage roses. Haven't visited recently? It's still a great time to enjoy the fall bloom!

Learn more about the garden.

Guadalupe Gardens Development

After months of planning and preparation, we are excited to announce the completion of phases 1 & 2 of split-rail fence contruction in Guadalupe Gardens. The new fence lines your future Gardens along Coleman Avenue and Hedding Street, boosting the aesthetic of the area. A final phase will follow along Asbury Street. We would like to give a huge thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard to build it and share their expertise -- Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, and San Jose Water -- and Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for providing Measure Q grant funding for this project.

Volunteer Corner

San Jose Water helped us with split-rail fence installation along Hedding Street. If you don't already follow our volunteer Instagram page, you can do so by following @volunteergrpc to see the kind of work community members like yourself are doing for our park!

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

Andrew Hill High School
Archbishop Mitty High School
First Tech
Gunderson High School, Interact Club
Habitat For Humanity
HandsOn Bay Area
Homestead High School, National Honor Society
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League, Almaden Chapter
San Jose Water
Santa Clara University
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UC Master Gardners of Santa Clara County

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. You helped us log 964 volunteer hours in September.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Christmas Bird Count
    Sun. December 15th, 8:00 am to Noon. Sign up.
  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. December 7th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Animal Care Internship
    We're seeking volunteers with availability on Tuesdays to help care for our education animals. Contact us if interested.


Meet Board Member: Charles (Chuck) McCarroll
Chuck is a corporate banker for JP Morgan Chase, covering the South Bay market. Chuck was previously with Comerica Bank for 19 years in a similar role located in downtown San Jose. He grew up in Southern California, studied Finance at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and continued to move north to start a career in corporate banking, making San Jose his home for almost 20 years. As an avid distance runner and triathlete, Chuck is passionate about open spaces where the community can enjoy outdoor activities, and making San Jose a better place to raise a family.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs


Our weekly Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) program classes are available for ages 9-12.

The Hard Stuff
November 18

Fluff, Fuzz, & Feathers

November 25

Register here.

SPUR Lunchtime Forum

Thursday, November 14th
12:30 pm

Join our Executive Director, the City of San Jose, and SWA Group at SPUR as we explore what's next for San Jose's public spaces. With nearly 100 regional and neighborhood parks, as well as over 53 miles of trails, San Jose has developed a robust program for investing in open space and recreation on a citywide scale. How might this program serve as a lesson to other South Bay cities, and how can these types of places catalyze a sense of community in our neighborhoods?

Register here.

Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 15th
8:00 am to noon

The is a census of early winter bird populations. More than 50,000 volunteer observers across the Americas take part in counting birds in their particular area. The result is over a century of data on bird populations from North to South America, which is used by scientists to monitor bird population changes over time.

Please join us to complete the census of birds in the section of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens from Coleman Ave. to Hedding St. Knowledge of bird species is desirable.

Register here.

Support Us When You Shop Online

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at, AmazonSmile donates to GRPC?

Giving Tuesday

Save the Date! We're participating in the eighth annual Giving Tuesday on December 3rd.

Learn more.

Beginning Environmental Explorers

Weekly on Wednesdays & Fridays
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Rotary PlayGarden

Our Beginning Environmental Explorers (BEE) program is an enriching introduction into environmental science taught by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's environmental educators and designed for children ages 2-6. Programs are offered for free on Wednesdays (in English) and Fridays (in Spanish) and drop-ins are welcome.

More information here.

Join your neighbors who have made the switch from a water guzzling yard to a landscape that saves water and supports our local environment. Learn more about Valley Water's rebate programs and eligibility requirements at

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