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Join us for our 2nd Annual Summer Soiree at the elegant Tea House in the Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park.
San Jose Parks Foundation invites you to join other like-minded supporters for an evening of celebration and recognition of some of the true heroes of our parks and trails. Hors D'oeuvres, wine, and dessert will be served.
We will be honoring the accomplishments and leadership of two distinguished citizens, Julie Riera Matsushima and Dave Fadness.
Julie Riera Matsishima led the campaign to provide accessible swings for special needs children throughout the park system. She then led the effort to plan, fund and build the first all accessible playground in San Jose. The Rotary PlayGarden, gives children of all abilities the opportunity to play side by side. The number of visitors to this unique playground has smashed projections and expectations.
Julie will receive the Velma Million Award, created to honor park volunteers who have a vision, a passion and persevere under difficult circumstances while maintaining the admiration and respect of both supporters and skeptics.
Dave Fadness, will be recognized posthumously, for his many years of community service, much of it devoted to beautifying his beloved Vista Park. Dave was a community leader who would always to roll up his sleeves and get the job done. He received the City’s highest Volunteer honor a few years ago for his efforts over the years.
In its very brief history San Jose Parks Foundation has had a significant impact on our community - building new playgrounds, engaging thousands of volunteers, doing valuable environmental work and supporting a variety of community organizations.
About the Japanese Tea House in the Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park
The teahouse was built in 1972 and is modeled after the world-renowned teahouse in Okayama, Japan, which is San Jose's sister city. In 2012 the San Jose Parks Department began an effort to renovate and update the teahouse. Now the building features new granite counters, a new kitchen, and tables and chairs.
The Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park is a beautiful living symbol of the "Sister City" relationship between Okayama, Japan and San Jose. It was dedicated in 1965, and was patterned after Okayama's world famous Korakuen Park. The face of the traditional Japanese garden was molded by three major forces -- religion, a love for nature, and a heavy use of symbolism. These three forces blended together to create a beautiful, culturally enlightening area. Included in the park are exotic koi fish. Two feeding stations are available and vistors may purchase food for them at a small fee.