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“The Park and Its Animal Residents Need to Be Saved”
Review of Overfelt Gardens

Overfelt Gardens
Ranked #87 of 141 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: Overfelt Gardens, also home to the Chinese Cultural Gardens, offers visitors natural wildlife sanctuaries amid a peaceful pond setting surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubs and flowering plants.
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Overfelt Gardens has been hit hard by budget cuts and the devastating drought. You can see some trees, grasses and weeds but the park is mostly dirt and the ponds are all gone except for 1 large muddy puddle which is home to easily 40-50 turtles (Red-eared Sliders, River Cooters and atleast one very large Softshell) someone also photographed a Western Pond Turtle which is a species of special concern due to their declining numbers.

Please contact city, state and local authorities and tell them that if they can't refill the pond with water then please humanely remove and re-home these turtles until there is enough rainfall to fill the ponds. If you've visited this once gorgeous public space then you'll know the turtles cannot "migrate" on their own into the residential or industrial area or cross McKee Rd which is a busy 6 lane street.

Most of these turtles are abandoned pets so please don't let them die due to the drought and human indifference.

1  Thank Turtle2Pond
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

They had three ponds, two dried up. This is really sickening when you see the sidewalks and streets getting watered elsewhere in San Jose. The one remaining pond has geese, ducks and turtles, all in filthy water. The grounds are huge and were impressive at one time, it is pathetic to me that they are letting the wildlife suffer so much. A groundkeeper told me they are refusing to allow any wildlife rescue societies to come and save the non-migratory birds and the turtles, so they are dying. How very sad! How can they be so cruel to wildlife, yet allow precious water to wastefully run all over concrete - and no one in power cares? Tax dollars wasted, and animals suffering. SHAMEFUL! This is definitely NO wildlife "SANCTUARY"! More of a wildlife deathtrap. :(.

Thank Victoria L
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

The gardens are large and so beautiful! But there's trash all around, a broken sprinkler, and a river that doesn't have any water in it. From what I could tell, a budget cut has caused this garden to become under maintained. It was heart breaking.
A rock there had a message from Taiwan, they hope that the Chinese cultural part of the Overfelt Garden would prosper. If there were boy scouts, or any sort of volunteer group that would help, in 1 day the Garden would look so much better than it does.

Despite all of this, the wild life in the ponds and the scenic walk proved to be very much worth my time.

1  Thank GeliseSE
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

A hidden garden that do not get much visitors. However, that is the beauty of it. Secluded, clean, peaceful, beautiful, and full of history.

In here, you will find the Chinese Cultural Garden, Mildred Overfelt's old house (this used to be her dairy farm), a fragrance garden, and a wildlife sanctuary, who is dominated by Canadian Geese.

It's free, plenty of parking, and a great little stroll.

1  Thank Ecilaluvitall
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

I went to this park on a whim due to need for some physical activity, and was plesantly suprised. It's nice, clean, peaceful park for a walk- there're lots of ducks/geese, ponds, beautiful trees including an area full of palm trees. You'll also find a Chinese cultural center, along with beautiful architecture and statues. As it started to get dark, however, I didn't feel safe in the area, maybe due to being the only one there? Regardless, it can get secluded, and I left due to safety concerns. So my tip is to go with someone- if you're solo like I was, go early in the day. Overall, this is a great park to take a stroll- very nice, clean and relaxing.

The park is open from 10:00- Sunset. I wouldn't stay there past sunset anyway for reasons mentioned above- safely concerns. Almost got stuck there- as I was about to leave, a gentleman was locking the gate, and had already locked the parking lot. So remember to leave as it's starts getting dark or you may just be stuck in the park!

No fishing, swimming, dogs, biking, drinking, roller skating or grilling in the park. You'll also find the occasional duck/geese poop along your walk.....but that's what nature is all about. Oh, professional photgraphers must get a 'special park use permit' to take pictures at this park; pictures & videos not allowed for commercial use.

6  Thank AppleRN
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