E-NEWSLETTER: JUNE 2020
All Are Welcome Here
The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and with those working to dismantle racial injustice and uplift the lives of Black people and communities of color. The protests following the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others have exposed systemic racism and oppression all too familiar for Black people and communities of color. We should all be welcomed and safe in our parks and communities. Please learn more and consider supporting these organizations:


For more information, see the article "How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality"

We recognize there is a lot of work to do and so much to learn as individuals and as an organization. We commit to reaching out to more organizations dedicated to furthering racial justice and equitable access to outdoor spaces. Please keep an eye on this space and hold us accountable as we share this learning journey.
Restoring Our Heritage Rose Garden
With recent revisions to our local shelter-in-place order, volunteers are working actively to catch up on peak-season weeding and deadheading as we plan for larger restoration of our Heritage Rose Garden. Want to help? Join us on a Tuesday or Thursday morning workday! We are especially seeking those who can commit to volunteering on a regular basis.
River Cleanups Resume
We are excited to welcome back our partners at the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition for community cleanups along the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek corridors.
Wildlife Watch
Who's that crossing the trail? It's common to find Pacific Gopher Snakes out and about in the park this time of year and, by keeping rodent populations in check, they form a vital part of our ecosystem. Gopher Snakes are non-venomous constrictors that capture prey by wrapping around it. They can also flatten their heads and shake their tails to imitate rattlesnakes if they feel threatened. You don't have to worry if you see one, just give it space to escape!
San Jose Joins Reimagining the Civic Commons
Reimagining the Civic Commons is a national initiative to advance ambitious social, economic and environmental goals through public spaces. Participation in the network of ten cities gives us opportunities to develop innovative and welcoming parks, trails and community centers at a time when they are more needed than ever.
GRPC Featured in Five-Year Impact Report
Supported by the public, the Open Space Authority’s Urban Grant Program is connecting communities to the outdoors through funding programs like our environmental education and Guadalupe Gardens open space protection work. Explore the impact of our program and other Authority-funded projects over the past 5 years in our open spaces.
New Support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
We are thrilled to receive a three-year grant of $700,000 from the Knight Foundation to catalyze revitalization of the park and support development of a long-term vision through research, partnerships, and capacity-building.
Education, Advocacy and Stewardship
A hearty thanks to the volunteers that toil to make GRPG a more beautiful place, especially the individuals who come out weekly to make a difference in the Heritage Rose Garden and along the Guadalupe River Trail. You helped us log 197 volunteer hours in April and May. We've also welcomed 11 new trail ambassadors since March.

Help continue to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep our parks and trails open by maintaining social distancing while you exercise. The City of San Jose is also seeking input on how your trail use has changed since shelter-in-place. The interim trail count survey closes June 19th.
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