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November 9, 2012

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November 9, 2012

The Guadalupe River Park is one of the most exciting things that I think is happening in downtown San Jose. It provides beautiful pathway for a walking/jogging/biking trail through the downtown area. It is the perfect spot for community festivals (we've participated in several) and gives the community a nice place to get some exercise and fresh air. Recent 'children at play' sculptures add to other interesting pieces of public art in the park including a pond of rocks w/names showing our diverse heritage, and tile work. It also includes athletic areas, a heritage orchard and rose garden (to preserve some of our history) and even community vegetable gardens, etc. It is a combination of MANY exciting things for many different people - truly a gem of the community. So glad the park is here and that it is getting better and better for more for community use. Thumbs-up for sure!!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 7, 2012

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November 7, 2012

My children have been participating in the GRPC Homeschooling classes for 6 months now. Every week I am amazed how the staff is able to educate, entertain, and enlighten so many children of different ages and backgrounds. My girls look forward to these classes and always have something new to tell me. I think it one of Silicon Valley's best kept secrets!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 2, 2011

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April 2, 2011

I am a fortunate and blessed neighbor to the right of the conservancy, I get to see the bus loads of children as they exit the bus and ready themselves for an amazing experience in Guadalupe park. We are in the top 10 of the largest cities in the United States it is hard to believe but many children do not get to experience the outdoor world the economy is rough in this area for the many poor families in the area this will be these childrens closest experience to the outdoors. I for one am greatful and I salute and thank you all. I will close by saying that after work I take a walk through the park and I am left with wonder and joy just like the children. Norma~

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes, by the joy I feel when I see the children arrive to the conservancy and knowing they are going to remember and experience the outdoors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not sure yet

April 22, 2009

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April 22, 2009

A small, but mighty organization, Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens is an example of how a small group of people can have major impacts. Apart from the fact that there are only three full time employees, this organization seeks to bring advocacy and awareness about issues surrounding the environment and public planning. Each year they host a number of events: Pumpkins in the Park brings young families out into the park for some autumn fun while inviting local organizations to provide information and activities about the river and local resources. In the Spring, garden enthusiasts and greenies alike come out for Spring in Guadalupe where they can recycle e-waste, learn about composting, or purchase garden related items all while enjoying this gem of a park along the river. If your under the age of 12, you can join the fun with some great educational programs or discover the importance of keeping our local watersheds clean at the annual Water Wizard Festival. Aspiring to become a green business, the staff and volunteers are taking steps to minimize their impact on the environment, even if it means biking to work everyday for the bike to work challenge - and as many may know this can be life threatening on the streets of San Jose. This organization just goes to show you that it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their ability to make an impact on the lives of citizens while having a small and limited staff. They have learned how to do a lot with limited resources and are taking steps to improve their own awareness along with those of the local community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

put most of my efforts in the educational aspect, particularly childrens education.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the staff is very friendly and committed to the work which they do. They are honestly trying to make improvements and have heart while doing so. They do not feel fake.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

diverse - there are many people from different backgrounds, experiences and interests. The organization doesn't just attract one type of person. The park itself has so many unique elements that you have people concerned with making the park more accessible for bikes, runners, children, groups...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of San Jose. They would be able to work with other agencies to make the park more accessible and friendly to visitors. They would be able to hire more staff to run the education program, reach the public in more creative ways and have a larger overall impact.

Ways to make it better...

there was better access to the river for educational programs and more elements of the park that facilitated large group educational programs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having to work with many other agencies and groups to manage the park - it makes it difficult to get things done.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization is small, but mighty!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 5, 2010

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January 17, 2009

Guadalupe River Park and Gardens- We have enjoyed attending events at the GRPG and have been amazed to learn how much the folks do with such a small staff! The organization should receive a pat on the... more

April 5, 2010

I love the walk along the river and if you stop at the GRPC office you can meet Patch--a very friendly rabbitt!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me to grown a better garden at my home

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give then more money and make a river walk like San Antonio, Tx

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it is bringing beauty to an area.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and helpful!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

begin a river walk!!

Ways to make it better...

there were more tables and shade

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and more money

One thing I'd also say is that...

the folks work very hard and are dedicated to making San Jose a better place to live

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 17, 2009

Guadalupe River Park and Gardens- We have enjoyed attending events at the GRPG and have been amazed to learn how much the folks do with such a small staff! The organization should receive a pat on the back for the efficient use of resources. Great management!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

events

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a great deal

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

retired

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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