Super Guadalupe River 5K Recap

Last weekend Rachel’s family and I had the opportunity to participate in the Super Guadalupe River Run 5K.

This is such a fun and easy way to get the family outdoors, moving together and support the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy at the same timeAll the money for participation goes to supporting the parks and the conservancy. My little family had been taken down by the flu the previous week so not all of us were able to make it, but luckily, we were still able to make a donation by registering on their behalf.

There were three options for races; 1K – for the kids, 5K – for the walkers or new to running folks, and a 10K – for the seasoned runners. We, as a group, opted for the 5K so the kids could run with Rachel’s husband, Francisco, and this lady could try to keep up with speed-walker Rachel. LOL…

The race was fun and only the 2nd 5K I have ever participated in, and the first for my son, Brayden, and I believe the first for Rachel and her family. The kids were so excited to get their racing bibs and then at the end, their t-shirts and their very own fancy race medals! I know with my son, who is super competitive, this lit a spark for him and he has been asking to do another 5K ever since!

After we completed the race we were able to enjoy the Rotary Play Garden that was located right next door to the race day activities. I have been wanting to check out this new park for a while now and glad we did because it was not only a big hit with the kids, but it was so beautiful to look at and the story behind it really touched my heart.

The Rotary Play Garden is one of the few public parks in Santa Clara County where children with special needs can play on the playground equipment alongside their families and friends without disabilities. The $6 million Play Garden enables children with special needs to play alongside their siblings and friends and is maintained by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy staff and volunteers, in-kind donations, and fee-for-service contracts.

We were able to talk to the kids about how the money we spent to purchase our registration for the race was not only supporting the land we saw while on the race, but parks like the Rotary Play Garden that enriches the lives of kids like them and those with disabilities that traditional parks aren’t properly equipped for.

All in all, I would say that the morning was a HUGE success and hopefully next year we can do it all again!

Below you will find some pictures from the race and the Rotary Play Garden. Enjoy! #kindcooperative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Mission – Land & Resource Conservation

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

Guadalupe River Park is a three-mile ribbon of park land that runs along the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose from Highway 880 in the north, to Highway 280 in the south. It is a resource of regional importance to the people of Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. It is composed of many different areas, all of which are summarized and linked below.

IT’S YOUR PARK, GET INTO IT.

In the dense urban environment of downtown San Jose, the trails, parks, and plazas of the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens not only serve to enjoy and preserve natural ecology, they offer residents and visitors a multitude of ways to recreate, relax, discover and enjoy.

Ride, walk, run or skate 2.6 miles of trails. Enjoy the public art. Attend a festival, watch the birds, or romp in a playground. Stop and smell the roses, there are 3,700 varieties to choose from in the Heritage Rose Garden. See the fruit trees that put this valley on the map in the Historic Orchard. Explore the latest in drought tolerant landscaping in the Courtyard Garden. Or cultivate your own plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden. Take a rest at one of the seven Sister City seating areas to simply watch the river flow. Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to sign up for a class, pick up a map, and check out our local wildlife displays.

ABOUT

Top Ten Reasons to Support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

We: (in no particular order)

  1. Operate the all-access Rotary PlayGarden with the goal of maintaining the cleanest and safest place to play in the South Bay.
  2. Connect children to nature by providing field trips with hands-on STEAM activities tied to state standards.
  3. Advocate for the expansion and upkeep of the downtown trail – the backbone of the city’s trail network.
  4. Leverage private resources – grants, major gifts, and corporate sponsorships – to support the completion and programming of the park and gardens.
  5. Produce excellent events — Pumpkins in the Park and Super Guadalupe River Run – that get people into the park and enhance the quality of life in San Jose.
  6. Maintain a presence with civic leaders and local elected officials to champion a vision for the park and appropriate maintenance and security levels.
  7. Provide leadership for a bold new vision for San Jose’s central park that includes gorgeous gardens, iconic artwork, family friendly trails, and active and passive recreation amenities.
  8. Give tours for children and adults, supplying information on flora and fauna, history, and public art.
  9. Pay for the ongoing operating costs of the Visitor Center, freeing up city resources for other projects.
  10. Coordinate the upkeep of the Heritage Rose Garden and Historic Orchard, providing useful projects and a fulfilling experience for individual and corporate workday volunteers.

A message from the members of the Conservancy:

WE ARE the volunteers, citizens, business people, and board members who give our time and talents to act as stewards for Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. We are the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.

WE SEE an active, iconic, world-class central park. Our vision encompasses gardens, trails and parks where natives and visitors alike can enjoy open spaces and natural habitats. We see a hub for social interaction, a retreat from urban life, and a place to come together for education, to honor our heritage, for colorful festivals and for physical fitness. We see our unique urban parkland as a flowing ribbon of opportunity – for our economic stimulation, and enhancing the quality of our lives. We see our park as the living centerpiece of a thriving San Jose.

WE CONNECT people with the park. We manage volunteers, we activate programs, we raise awareness, and with that, we raise funds. With careful consideration of The City’s needs, we spearhead and execute the completion of the Guadalupe River Park’s Master Plan.

We are the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Welcome to your park.

 

MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE

This month’s mission is a one-day event filled with a heart pumping walk/run on SuperBowl Sunday through the downtown Guadalupe River Parks! Get your day started on the right foot!

  • The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is hosting the Super Guadalupe River Run. You can either participate in a 1k (for kiddos), a 5k (3.1 miles) or a 10k (6.2 miles). You can register by clicking HERE.
  • Click HERE for more race info and map.
  • If you are a go-getter you can get people to sponsor you to run the race and support the conservancy and the jewels of our downtown area. Check it out HERE for more info.
  • Finally…..come join us on race day! If you would like to walk with us…just pop us an email and we will pick a meeting spot.
  • If you can’t make the race don’t fret! Get your friends and family together and enjoy the parks and explore what they have to offer throughout the whole month of February!

BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE

Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:

  • Putting on our walking shoes….making our families to the same and get out there on race day. Our families have chosen to do the 5k!
  • Tell family and friends…form a walking posse and soak in some fresh air while exploring our beautiful downtown parks….see what we have been missing.
  • Message us and join us for the walk!
  • Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.

FISCAL INFORMATION

  • If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HERE. 
  • Want to become a member of to the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy? Check out all it’s benefits HERE. 
  • How about taking a class? Gardening, painting, local plant identification, nature walks and more! Check out all of the educational opportunities the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy provides HERE
  • Want to know who else supports the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy? HERE is some information about Guadalupe River Park Conservancy sponsors for your review.

Thank you and We will be posting March Mission Soon!

LifeMoves Clothing Drive Sorting Party

We are so happy to see the #kindcooperative in motion and so many of you have reached out to us on Facebook and on the blog to let us know you want to help with this month’s mission to clothe the homeless.  Keep up the good work!

In addition to collecting clothes this month, we wanted to let you know about our “Sorting Party” we will be hosting to coincide with this month’s mission. [Details can also be found HERE and HERE]

We will need to sort through all the donations and we thought this would be a great opportunity to get the kids involved and working.

Not only will they feel the hard work they are doing collecting the clothes, but they will see just how much we have all collected over the month. It is hard for kids to tangibly feel their contribution and really understand the impact they are having. Letting them see the piles of clothes is a great first step in a deeper understanding of how their kindness is making an impact.

If you are local, stop by from 10-1 pm and join us! We will be taking donations up until 1 pm that day.

Thanks and keep up the great work #kindcooperative!

Second Harvest Food Bank Meetup

 

Yesterday we met with the kids and some of their friends after school at a local grocery store to help the kids focus on what THEY wanted to pick out and contribute to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

It’s fun to set the kids up for success and watch them feel the big part of making decisions on what we will be donating to the organization this month. We passed out lists of what the Second Harvest Food Bank is looking for and set them off!

Once the excitement wore off a bit, it was really great to see the kids in action at the store; checking labels, checking prices, and matching the items to the list we provided.

We managed to get roughly 50-60 pounds of food in this trip alone, which is a big dent in our goal of 750 pounds by the end of December.

Check out some pictures from our fun meetup below and on our IG account at @findingkindnessproject. Tag us in all your acts of Kindness using our hashtag #kindcooperative, we would love to see how you are spreading Kindness where you are!

 

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