I want to begin by saying I hope you are all healthy and weathering the current pandemic as well as possible. Personally, I am still in a state of shock as to how quickly it all escalated and how devastating it has been, but am hopeful it will be relatively short-lived.
We are grateful for your support of the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, helping us to bring about an active, iconic, world-class Civic Greenway to San Jose and we hope you will continue to give. However, this year is unique. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the uncertainty you may be experiencing, and acknowledge the many opportunities you have to support other organizations addressing critical and immediate health needs during this crisis. Asking for funds at this time, even though we are an amazing cause, just didn’t feel right to me, our board, or our staff.
However, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that the River Park is here for you and as of this writing, our parks and trails are open! In fact, we are one of few public assets available in which residents of our city can safely stay active, connect with community, and rejuvenate through nature. This begs an important question:
What does a park mean during a crisis?
- Through Trails, we can stay active and healthy, physically and mentally
- Through Gardens, we honor our valley’s beauty, history, and culture
- Through the River, we are reminded of the power of perseverance
- Through Parks, we celebrate, mourn, and move collectively, physically distanced, but socially together
The Guadalupe River Park has always served these functions – before, during, and will so after this pandemic. This human desire we all have to be outdoors and part of our larger community is the fundamental value of parks, and one for which the Conservancy will continue to advocate. The Conservancy leads the march towards redevelopment, activation, and stewardship of the park and gardens, with the aim of building a timeless park for the ages! We are dedicated to creating an exciting open space for our residents, workforce, and visitors.
If you would like to make a gift in support of Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s stewardship of this vital civic asset, there are several options including Adopt-a-Rose, Membership and more. Please visit us
for information and how to give.
Again, this is an unprecedented time for all of us and we want you to know that the River Park is here for you. We will follow up with you soon and please, take care.