Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Jorge & Debbie Porras, Marilyn August, Ron
- Bank balance: $2697.08.
- Head ranger Matt Anderson retired. Mike made a plaque for him from FOSTP.
- Mike filed the S100 form with the California Secretary of State for FOSTP.
- Mike sent in the mid-year report for our Beautify San Jose grant.
Night Out (NNO), August 7, 5:00 pm: We need to update flyers and
posters from last year. We can hand-deliver the flyers to
neighborhoods. We need neighborhood maps to divide up territories. We
can post flyers in the Santa Teresa Library. We need to contact
officials, police, and fire. At the last meeting, Kim said she could
contact the fire department. [Maybe the search and rescue people who
practice at the Pueblo Area can come.] The Santa Teresa Swim Club is
also doing a NNO. We'll have popsicles and ice cream. Mike can bring
carnival-type games from New Almaden.
- There is a competition with other National Night Outs. We just need to fill out some forms. Marilyn can help.
- Robin Schaut wants to mix National Night Out with Fandango. Fandango
has a different purpose from NNO. It's also been held on the weekend.
NNO is always on the first Tuesday of the month. That may affect who is
available to help out. We need to see if the Parks Dept. will pay for
expenses. The dancers cost $300. Will there be a staff to help out? We
can do the activities of Fandango if we get enough people to help out. (This is last year's Fandango.)
Last year, we had butter-making, old-time toys and games, barn demos,
ranch-house tours, cattle-roping and branding, and caricatures. Janice
Frazier brought her horse. Lisa's Hot Dogs sold food. 4H had info and
crafts tables and showed their animals. WERC brought wildlife. Elena
Robles' folklorico dancers provided entertainment. FOSTP had tables and
info, similar to what we had at NNO. The Open Space Authority couldn't
make it last year due to schedule conflicts, but came in previous
years. We could ask if they can come this year. Maybe the Boy Scouts
can come and talk about their projects.
- We want to get shirts, T-shirts or polo shirts. Debbie knows a local vendor.
Dorrance is retiring before June. We don't know who's taking over for him.
Parks Dept. may require friends groups to be 501c3 non-profit
organizations. It costs
$800 to file. Mike says we have the money. Mike and Kitty will meet
with Melissa Hippard and Julie Lee on Tuesday 4/17 at 10 am at the
Muriel Wright Center to talk about it.
- Samaritan is the new software that the Parks
Dept. is using to manage volunteers. Volunteers can look up volunteer
opportunities and enter their hours into the system. Contact the volunteers office for information on how to get access.
talked about having a memorial for Rick Leonard. Maybe a plaque in the
barn. A bench is too expensive. Maybe we can plant a tree in his honor.
They are planting trees at the Pueblo Area. Rick worked more around the
Bernal Ranch, so it may be more appropriat to do something there.
talked about doing a cleanup on Santa Teresa Blvd. near Tulare Hill at
the north end of the Coyote Valley. We can't park along Santa Teresa.
The closest parking is on Bayliss. We could park there and walk south
along Santa Teresa picking up trash. We would need to coordinate with
the city so they could pick up the trash after we collect it. Suggested
time: Friday 5/11/18 at 9:00 am. This is rush hour northbound, so it's
best to work on the west side of the road. Debbie will contact the
city. Another possibility: Coastal Cleanup Day in September. If we do
it on a weekend, we could get high school kids to help. We may be able
to work with other groups who have done cleanups, like Keep Coyote
Creek Beautiful, which has done cleanups along Coyote Creek
- The Parks and Recreation Commission voted on the Parks Strategic Plan. They approved sending it to the Board of Supervisors for final approval (June 5).
showed pictures: Storm views from the Pueblo Area, wild pigs, wildflowers, our PixInParks Fortini/Stile Ranch Trail hike, Ron's Bernal Hill wildflower hike,
grafitti at Santa Teresa Spring and cleanup, garden boxes at the Bernal
Ranch, Muriel Wright Center construction, tree planting and ground
cover in the Pueblo Area.
- We led a wildflower/history
hike on 3/25 on the Fortini, Mine, and Stile Ranch Trails. About 18
people showed up, including helpers. Mike gave history talks. Several
people portrayed historical characters. Mike was Andres Castillero.
Greg was Jose Reyes Berryessa. Mike's neighbor Gina was Maria Zacarias
Bernal Berryessa, Dorene Boulland was Clementine Fortini. Sam led the
hike. Ron took pictures and pointed out wildflowers. Jesse Baptista
from the Parks' Outdoor Recreation program came to help.
taught his outdoor photography class on 3/31. The class was full (30
signups). About 13 people showed up. (It was Easter weekend.) Some
people came late as they went to the wrong place. Ron gave a slideshow
in the barn, then led a wildflower hike up the Joice Trail to the
Bernal Hill Trail. The wildflowers were out, but they were not at their
- We are leading a hike up to Coyote Peak on 4/21 from 2-4pm, starting at the Pueblo Area. Here are reservations. Here's a flyer for it.