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Update on Mission City Memorial Park

Post Date:08/14/2019 3:18 PM
The City is aware of the recent concerns regarding the upkeep and maintenance of City-owned cemetery grounds. We want to thank the community for their continued patience as we work to immediately address these concerns.

The Mission City Memorial Park (MCMP), a 25 acre park, is one of two City cemeteries that the City of Santa Clara maintains. The amount of labor required to accomplish the more detailed grounds maintenance at MCMP has recently increased with the discontinued use of Roundup (a toxic chemical which was used in the past to control weeds and grasses around headstones, flat markers, curb lines, and pathways): three full-time grounds maintenance staff have been supporting the MCMP. To improve MCMP maintenance, the City recently hired two additional part-time staff. The City is reviewing long term permanent staffing levels and evaluating alternatives to chemical use strategies that are more efficient for maintaining the MCMP in the long-term.


Progress Made

As we begin to increase staffing levels and evaluate alternative strategies to allow efficiency, the City has pulled staff resources from other divisions to assist with the immediate maintenance needs. Below are some before and after photos taken the week of Aug. 12, 2019 at Mission City Memorial park.

Before Photos


After Photos





Volunteer Work Parties

As we work to increase staffing for Mission City Memorial Park, the City also has volunteer opportunities for the community to join efforts to beautify the properties.



Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mission City Memorial Park, 420 N. Winchester Blvd. Santa Clara

Volunteers and staff will meet at Mission City Memorial Park from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. to perform clean-up of the park.
Stay for the entire shift or part of the day to help out.
Help with tasks to trim bushes, pick up tree debris, cut grass, pull weeds and more.
Wear long pants and shirts, closed toe shoes, hats, sunscreen and bring water in your reusable bottle.
If volunteers do not have personal protective equipment such as gloves and safety glasses, we can provide them.Additionally, we have hand tools available for use.



Sign up to Volunteer!

Schedule a volunteer work party with your group or attend an upcoming event. Let us know preferred dates and staff will work with you to set-up.

To volunteer, contact Phil Orr at 408-615-3790 or email Cemetery@SantaClaraCA.gov or in person at Mission City Memorial Park located at 420 N. Winchester Blvd.


Adults interested in volunteering with the City of Santa Clara are asked to complete application and release of liability form, available at http://santaclaraca.gov/residents/volunteer
Minors are asked to additionally complete a release of liability form signed by their parent(s) or legal guardian.
Note: Parks and Recreation Department potential volunteers are fingerprinted by the Santa Clara Police Department and cleared with the Department of Justice.


For More Information

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 408-615-2260 or email parksandrecreation@santaclaraca.gov.
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