Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan,
Mario Blaum, Ed Jackson, Woody Collins, Holly Davis, Sam Drake, Bui
- The Rocky Ridge Trail has been reworked. The drainage has
been improved. They used the Sweco bulldozer on the trail from the
entrance up to the first switchback. Above that, it was hand-worked by
- The VCC Recognition Dinner is on April 4, 6:00 pm at the
Campbell Community Center. It's out-grown the Santa Teresa Golf Club
- The Santa Teresa Historic Area Site Master Plan reports are
being reviewed. No news yet.
- The Strong Neighborhoods Commission selection is coming up.
Mike joined as a selection delegate for District 2 and 10.
- The Healthy Trails kick-off event is on May 4 at Hellyer 12
- Mike submitted our calendar to the parks dept. He sent
details to Robin.
- We have $125.11 in the bank.
- Mike sent in our annual non-profit registration form to the
state. It costs $20 a year.
- Ed Jackson talked about Santa Teresa Spring. There's been a
lot of after-hours activity there. His wife called dispatch to report
it. They wanted to know how many people were there and what they were
doing. She wasn't going to go look, so they hung up on her. Dispatch is
not used to getting calls from the public. They have a lot of rotation.
Use 400 Manila Drive for the address of the spring. Ed says he only
calls if he has a concern about the activity there. He doesn't call if
people are just walking in the park. The light at the spring works.
He's found syringes at the spring. Mike says to come to the next Parks
Commission meeting to talk about the spring. It's on the first
Wednesday of the month at 6:30 in the County Building.
- The retaining wall below the Coyote-Alamitos Canal between
Camino Verde and St. Julie's Church is covered with graffiti.
- The anti-graffiti people will paint out graffiti, even if
it's on county land.
- We held our elections. We unanimously voted to re-elect the
officers of the board of directors (President: Mike Boulland,
Vice-President: Kitty Monahan, Secretary: Ron Horii, Treasurer: Holly
- Mike and Ron attended the Parks Commission meeting. Julie
Mark talked about the capital improvement plan for the parks. The plan
showed the Santa Teresa Park projects. They had planning dates, but not
committed dates: 2010: east barn, 2010: grazing plan, Historic Site
design: 2011, implementation: 2012.
- The Casa Grande in New Almaden will be undergoing
renovation this year and will be closed. The park interpreters will
move temporarily to the Bernal Ranch at Santa Teresa.
- On 3/29, the park commissioners will take a tour of the
areas in the capital improvement plan. They will probably visit the
Ignacio Bernal site, the Joice and Bonetti sites.
- Ron is giving an outdoor photography class and wildflower
walk on April 12, 9:30 am at the Bernal Ranch and Bernal Hill.
- Earth day is April 19. There will be a trail day at Almaden
Quicksilver on the New Almaden Trail.
- Mike attended the State Regional Water Quality Board
meeting in Oakland. They talked about the status of mercury in the Bay.
Mike spoke to the director. He said there will be 3 sites that will be
required to be cleaned up: 1 in Almaden Quicksilver, and the Bernal
Mine and Santa Teresa Mine sites in the Santa Teresa Hills. The site in
Santa Teresa Park is behind the Norred Ranch. There is a brick furnace
left on the hill from the mine. The other mine site is on private
property above the end of Cottle Road. The mine only yielded 2 flasks
- The parks dept. is planning a summer camp at the Bernal
Ranch in July.
- We talked about putting a plaque on Coyote Peak. Robin
Schaut said she would fund it. The plaque can have pictures of the
valley. There can be more than 1 plaque eventually. Plaques can show
and talk about the Coyote Valley, the Almaden Valley, and Santa Teresa.
They can show people what a valley is. They can show what the areas
looked like. IBM may have some old pictures. We will come up with the
words and pictures. Robin will have a graphic artist put it together.
- Ron and Mike will be putting together our CAP Grant
application. Ron attended the CAP Grant class. The grant has to be $500
minimum, up to $15K maximum. We will be asking for money to pay for our
UNSCC membership fees and our website. We need event insurance to pay
for an interpretive event next year. We can also ask for money for
meeting refreshments, T-shirts, and a newsletter.
- Mike found an old map, which shows the adobe for the
Berryessa family. The Berryessas owned Rancho San Vicente. The old barn
on the Fortini Trail was part of Rancho San Vicente. It would be a good
place for an interpretive sign.
- The Health Fair will be held again this year at Hellyer
Park. It's on June 22. VCC will have a booth there, representing all
- Because of the volunteer recognition dinner on April 4, we
voted to cancel our meeting on April 3.
- Volunteer Hours:
- Ronald Horii: Martial Cottle Ranch meeting, FOSTP meeting
minutes, website, park pictures: 45 hours. 3 hours, FOSTP
- Mike Boulland: 16 hours multimedia presentations,
meetings. 5 hours,
FOSTP meeting and preparation.
- Kitty Monahan: 3 hours FOSTP meeting
- Woody Collins: 3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Mario Blaum: 3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Holly Davis: 3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Sam Drake: 3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Ed Jackson: 6 hours Santa Teresa
Spring watch, grafitti removal. 3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Bui Thang: 3 hours FOSTP meeting.