Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Woody Collins, Debi & Jorge Porras, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Gus Letona,
Sam Drake, Ron
Horii, visiting Ranger John Maney
- Volunteers need to put in 100 hours of opportunities listed on Samaritan to get a free parking sticker.
met with Julie Lee. There has been a realignment of responsibilities at
Santa Teresa Park. Hellyer rangers and maintenance will continue to be
assigned to Santa Teresa, except for the Bernal Ranch. The gardens at
the Bernal Ranch will be handled by the Martial Cottle Landscape
volunteers. Maintenance and interpretive activities at the Bernal Ranch
will be under Martial Cottle maintenance and interpretive staff,
respectively. The grounds of the Bernal Ranch will be re-landscaped,
under the direction of the Martial Cottle landscaping group.
report from John Maney, ranger at Hellyer, Santa Teresa, and Martial
Cottle. John has been a ranger for 1 1/2 years, starting at Motorcycle
Park. He's been at Hellyer for 6 months.
- Lisa Pappanastos is back at Hellyer as acting senior ranger. She supervisies Martial Cottle, Santa Teresa, and Hellyer.
- Proposals for maintenance projects at Santa Teresa should go through Lisa.
Schimandle at Martial Cottle will handle interpretive events at the
Bernal Ranch. Kelsi Ju reports to Carolyn. She works at the Bernal
Ranch on Friday and Saturday. She works at the Casa Grande the rest of
- Volunteers who want to work on the garden boxes at the Bernal Ranch can go through the Volunteers Office.
cleanup at the Pyzak ranch was successful. There have been not
many trespassing calls. Lisa talked to the nearby schools about
preventing students from causing problems in the park.
have been unauthorized trail use by bikes after rains. The trails are
closed to bikes and horses after it rains. Report unauthorized trail
use to the rangers.
- For urgent problems in the park, call
County Communications at 408-299-2311. They will pass the call to the
park dispatcher. To report problems at the Pyzak Ranch, give the
address as 272 Curie Drive. For Santa Teresa Spring, give the address
at Manila Drive at Manila Way (Manila and Manila). There are signs at
Santa Teresa Spring with the phone number to call to report problems.
- Radios aren't being provided to volunteers. They weren't using them properly.
are new trail signs. They tell what trail you are on, with arrovws to
the next trail junction. The trail junctions are numbered. Those
numbers are being placed on the signposts. New maps are out.
- They are replacing the information boxes and mapboards. The new maps show pictures at vista points.
pumpkins were dumped at Santa Teresa Park. They attract pigs, which dig
up the park. Lisa put up signs saying not to dump food in the park.
It's illegal and bad for wildlife.
- Rangers are required to
rotate their park assignment every 4 years. It's to get a broader
education and to provide more opportunity for younger rangers.
have hired 6 permanent and 4 seasonal rangers. Hellyer is the busiest
unit. Martial Cottle is supposed to be a separate unit, but is
temporarily part of Hellyer until Hellyer gets a permanent senior
ranger. 9 rangers are in training. Reuben Suarez is a new ranger at
Hellyer. A new female ranger will be starting in July.
talked to Jason Gorman, head of maintenance at Santa Teresa, about the
power poles on the Rocky Ridge Trail that used to provide power to the
now-gone microwave relay station. The poles are unnecessary and an
eyesore. Jason will talk to PGE about them.
- Our Beautify San Jose grant check is coming this month.
- Mike and Kim made an organizer to keep receipts for our grant.
want to get a table cloth for events. One with a full-color image costs
$400. We can do a small panel to overlay a colored tablecloth, which is
cheaper. Sam said the 3-color tablecloth for the Umunhum Conservancy
- Steve is working on our 501c3 application. He's modifying the Umunhum Conservancey application.
our next meeting, Lisa is coming to talk about the Grant Ranch. We want
to publicize that meeting by passing out flyers. Julie Lee needs to
approve it first. Mike will send it out as a PDF to print out. Treats
for the meeting are covered by our grant. Gus will buy the treats. We
need to come early to setup. Ron can make a slideshow showing pictures
of the park and our activities.
- Michelle Dexter in Johnny
Khamis' office invited us to have a table at the Oakridge Mall Senior
Winter Walk and Resource Fair. We had a table, staffed by Mike and
Steve. (Here are pictures of it.)
We had pictures of Santa Teresa Park, our events, flyers of our
upcoming events, and the Chinese pavilion ("ting") project at the Casa
Grande. We had lots of visitors, including Supervisor Mike Wasserman
and the editor of the Almaden Times Weekly, who would like us to write
articles for the paper.
- We worked with the Parks Department on
beautification days at the Pyzak Ranch, which they call the Curie Drive
House. The fence had been knocked down, graffiti was everywhere, the
house was broken into, and the vegetation was overgrown. On 3/2/19,
which started out rainy, volunteers, rangers, and maintenance worked on
trimming trees, clearing walkways, and preparing the fence to
reconstruction. On 3/3/19, which was a dryer day, we had more
volunteers, including a Boy Scout troop from Cupertino. They painted
over graffiti, hauled away brush, and repaired the fence. (Here are
pictures from 3/2/19 and 3/3/19.)
showed a slideshow: Oakridge Senior Fair, Pyzak Ranch work days, Ron
& Mike's hike up Bernal Hill showing wildfires and fire recovery,
Roxanne's birthday hike up Bernal Hill to the Vista Loop.
talked about the annual group activities work plan that he filed with
the volunteer department. It lists the ST Historic Area (Pyzak Ranch)
beautification, National Night Out on 8/6/19, tree watering in the
Pueblo Area, maintaining gardens at the Bernal Ranch, Adopt-a-Trail,
graffiti removal and clean-up in Santa Teresa, supporting special
events, outdoor rec., and interpretive programs. The form lists the
responsibilities of our group and of the park staff.
- Ron had a photo exhibition at the Campbell Library for the month of February.
- Ron is giving a photo class/wildflower hike at the Bernal Ranch on 4/27 at 10 am.
will be giving a hike on the Stile Ranch-Mine-Fortini Trail loop again
on 5/11, the day before Mother's Day, starting at the Stile Ranch
Trailhead off Fortini Road. We need a poster for the hike. Ron will
work on it. Mike, Sam, Greg, & Roxanne can help with the hike. We
can stop along the hike to point out wildflowers and talk about history.