Park Uplift

The restroom building, the picnic area and the playground at Los Paseos Park got a facelift! When? Sunday, April 29.

Bernal Church volunteers, with help from Los Paseos Neighborhood Association (LPNA) members and the Parks Department, painted the restroom building, refurbished the picnic area grounds with more decomposed granite, and added 100 yards of fibar (playground wood chips) to the playground.

Our park are an inviting place, and community members strive to make it an even better place.

Cheers to the group for offering a helping hand to spruce up the park.

Thanks,

Greg Peck
LPNA

Restroom Building Before

Restroom Building After

General Improvement Activities

Feeding of the Troops

Electronic Speed Sign on Santa Teresa Blvd

Electronic Speed Signs was a proposed PB project to place electronic speed signs on the Santa Teresa Blvd and Monterey Highway corridors to warn drivers to slow down and reduce speed as they entered into urban neighborhood communities, rural speeds (50-55mph) reduce to local street speeds (40-45mph). Often, drivers fail to observe local street speeds after prolonged driving along a rural road.

Unfortunately, the electronic speed signs PB project did not receive enough votes to proceed after PB Round 2 voting. Fortunately, however, many community members persisted to voice concerns to the City of San Jose DOT. The DOT examined the issue for the Santa Teresa Blvd corridor, and addressed our concerns with the installation of a speed sign on northbound Santa Teresa Blvd past Tulare Hill before Bayliss Dr. The sign is currently inactive as of 4/15. Stay tuned. More details to be posted when we learn of an activation date.

Hopefully, this sign alerts drivers to their speed and aid in curtailing the rampant speeding along this roadway. Many thanks to all who collectively voiced their opinions to the City to help improve the traffic safety entering our neighborhood.

LPNA Community Projects 2018

The Los Paseo Neighborhood Association has multiple projects in Los Paseo Park this year. These projects are primarily funded by a BeautifySJ grant from the City, submitted by LPNA. LPNA members have initiated these projects with Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services (PRNS) to beautify and enhance our Park.

  • Planting of 10 new shade trees (Catalpa speciosa) in the Park. Purpose was to provide shade to the sun-exposed, non-reserve picnic area, and add additional shade trees in the Park. LPNA worked with Our City Forest (OCF) and Americorps volunteers with support from PRNS to get the job done. PRNS established a hose coupling nearby to water trees if needed during the hot summer months until they are established. (BeautifySJ funds) Complete!
  • Repair and painting of the restroom building in the Park. Also, we will be repairing the decomposed granite (DG) surface in the picnic area near the bathroom. This is a continuing effort by LPNA member Herb Bowen to keep the reserve picnic area looking great. LPNA has teamed with PRNS to accomplish this project. This renovation will happen at 10:00 am on April 29th. The community and Bernal Church volunteers will be involved in this effort. If interested in helping, please join us.
  • Installation of two new park benches between the tennis courts and the restroom building. Current status, park bench types have been identified. Project target date is July. (BeautifySJ funds).
  • Upgrade to the lighting inside and outside the restroom building, installing new LED lighting. This project was initiated to address the poor, outdated lighting in and around the building, for purposes of increased visibility within the restrooms, and increased illumination around the building at night. Complete!

Note: Herb Bowen is the LPNA contact person working with the city planners on Los Paseos Park projects. City planners and Parks personnel will meet with and update the community at the LPNA meeting on May 19th, 7:00 p.m. at Santa Teresa Library. If you have any questions concerning these projects, please contact Herb though the LPNA website “Contact Us” page

PB Round 2 Update

Many of our neighbors have inquired about the status of the PB projects. While LPNA is not managing all the PB projects (this is the City’s responsibility), some of its members have personal interest to ensure the success of their own projects championed through the PB process. As a result, those involved in managing their own projects have better insight to the status vs others within the community. Information is always available through the City’s District 2 website. The Parks Upgrade information below is more up to date with thanks to Parks Upgrade member Herb Bowen managing that group’s projects.

 Participatory Budget (PB) projects, ROUND 2 winners

Money for Our Local Schools – Complete!

Beautification on Santa Teresa (A): Landscaping and Neighborhood Signs —

Landscape side strips, place neighborhood entrance signs, paint the sound walls between Chantilly and Bayliss Dr.

  • Status:

a) Sound walls painted (some wall sections still need completion, and are being addressed)
b) wood repaired neighborhood entrance sign locations established
c) tree planting locations have been established by the City arborist and the PB Project Delegate, and planting will begin soon.

Parks Upgrade 1 (B): Shade Playgrounds at 2 Parks —

Shade structures for playground at Metcalf Park and Los Paseos Park.

  • Status: City parks planners are using multiple vendors for procuring equipment and contractors to install the structures. Could be in the middle of the summer.

Parks Upgrade 1 (C): Solar Lights for Los Paseos Park —

Solar lighting from tennis courts to the parking lot.

  •  Status: City parks planners are in the process of ordering the solar lights. PB funded 5 lights, city added 3 more for a total of 8 solar lights for the pathway.

Paseos Lighting  — Complete!

Upgrade three paseos’ lighting with LED lights, brighter than existing lights.

  • Status: All 3 paseos’ lights have been retrofitted. Complete!
    1. Avenida Rotella à Tennis courts
    2. Avenida Espana à Cheltenham Way
    3. Avenida Espana à Bayliss

Note: Herb Bowen is the LPNA contact person working with the city planners on Los Paseos Park projects. City planners and Parks personnel will meet with and update the community at the LPNA meeting on May 19th, 7:00 p.m. at Santa Teresa Library. If you have any questions concerning these projects, please contact Herb though the LPNA website “Contact Us” page