Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Holly
Drake, Kitty Monahan, Paul Vincze, Tony Ruiz, Mario Blaum, John
Patterson, Cynthia Greenblatt, Jen Brecheen, Eric Brecheen, Kay
Jackson, Ed Jackson
- The Upper Clubhouse at the Santa Teresa Golf Course was
unavailable due to construction, so we met in Holly Davis' house.
- Ron has a new calendar
page on the Website, mostly with park activities in Santa Teresa.
- There is a petition on the Brockenhurst entrance with 172
- There are new signs
in the Pueblo Area warning of entering restricted areas. John Patterson
said it was because people have been going off-trail. Volunteers trails
that they notice will be marked off. People are supposed to stay on
marked trails only. This isn't targeted at Santa Teresa only. They will
do this at any park where this is a problem. They want to make sure
people don't trample on environmentally-sensitive areas. The parks
director has the power to close off any area in the parks.
- Our bank account balance is $603.44
- United Neighborhoods of
Santa Clara County membership
provides a number of benefits. They provide a service for neighborhood
groups to form associations with 5013c benefits, without being 5013c
organizations. They have speakers that will come out to talk to member
organizations. They have a
meeting every 2 months. They give insurance training. They provide
board of directors insurance. We are protected by their insurance. Our
membership dues are due. It expires in June. It was $45. It went up to
$150. (NAQCPA pays $345 for $3 million in coverage. They had to have a
policy to get a park use permit.) We asked about what the policy
covered. We voted to renew the membership (and policy). Kitty will get
information on what the insurance covers. [There will be a workshop on
Wed., June 15 at 6:15pm.]
- John Patterson talked about park maintenance.
- One crew covers Almaden Quicksilver, Santa Teresa, and
Calero. Drew is back. Henry is back on the grounds crew. They have the
most trails to cover in the parks system. There are 2 new employees.
One is back-filling for an injured employee.
- They hope to have a real caretaker at the caretaker's
house at the Bernal Ranch that will act like a camp host. Lydia
Carlson, who used to be the caretaker, has left to join the sheriff's
department. There is a new person living in the house now.
- The trail crews have been busy at the Bear Ranch.
- Greg Bringelson is the liaison to the trails groups.
- The Adopt-a-Trail crews need help with single-track
trails in Santa Teresa Park.
- Crews can't do weed-whacking without a pumper nearby.
- They don't need a trail day to work on trails.
- Heidi can say who has adopted trails. They want to do
trail days once per park, once per month. They need help identifying
trails. They are stretched thin.
- The Coyote-Alamitos Canal is a breeding ground for
Control has been called.
- Correctional crews are doing work at the Mounted Ranger
Unit on the paddocks. They can't be used for trails. They can use the
Wright Center crews. It costs $1400-1500 a day to use San Jose
Conservation Corps crews. The Wright Center crews cost less.
- Heidi Fortwengler, who has been acting as the volunteer
coordinator, is going on maternity leave. Eric Goodrich will take over.
They are looking for a permanent person to fill the post.
- On the wet spot on the Mine Trail by the corral, they
will turn it into a rock swale. They will put a split rail fence to
keep cars out. The entrance will be blocked by a bollard 36-40" high.
- Kids have been skipping stones on the pond.
- We suggested putting pooper scoopers at the park
entrances. Hellyer, Ed Levin, and Quicksilver have them.
- They want to remove/replace the barbed wire around the
field across from Bernal School.
- They are trying out concrete fencing, molded to look like
wood. There some at Metcalf and Grant Ranch.
- There will be a new concrete sign at the field at the
Santa Teresa Park entrance.
- John Dorrance needs a volunteer helper to replace Brian
Shively, who has a job with the parks department.
- The new trail from the Bernal Ranch to Buck Norred's is
being mapped out. (Here is the map.)
- They have a rough draft of the trail route. Don Rocha is
handling it. It may change depending on what
environmental conditions they find when they put the trail in. Joe
Schultz says to expect the trail to be put in by fall.
- The trail runs along the hillside above the canal, then
goes behind the Mounted Ranger Unit and joins the Mine Trail.
- The trail does not use the Coyote-Alamitos Canal, but
there is an access trail that crosses the canal, leading up from behind
the Pedro Bernal House. We wondered if parts
of the canal could also be used to access the trail.
- There are concerns about kids sliding down the hill above
- Will the trail be multi-use? We are in favor of that.
- We talked about naming the trail. There is a committee
that does that. We can give recommendations. We suggested Pyzak,
Norred, Bonetti, and Muwekma as possible names.
- We talked about the person who wrote about allowing gliders
at the Pueblo Area. There is an ordinance that says no powered or
non-powered airplanes are allowed. SCCMAS
has a special use permit to
use their field. That's what it would take to have a glider field.
- The update to the master plan for the park is coming up. We
need ideas of what we want to see in the park. Mike has 3 copies of the
plan. The plan was done by a consultant. Sam will try to get a new copy.
- Sam Drake talked about California Trail Day at Almaden
Quicksilver on the New Almaden Trail.
There were 45 people there, of which 22 were geocachers. (There is a geocache
- The County Parks Commission approved $350K to restore the
old barn at the Bernal Ranch. They chose the cheaper option, which is
to tear it down and rebuild it, preserving some of the wood. Mike wants
a meeting room or classroom there. (Here is a report
on the restoration options.)
- There will be a trail day on the Rocky Ridge Trail Saturday
and Sunday, May 7-8 [Sunday was cancelled.]
- Coyote Bear Ranch Dedication May 14, 2005, 10:00 am.
- Historical plaque dedication at Mike Boulland's house in
New Almaden, May 15, 2005.
- Kathleen Hooper is in charge of the outdoor recreation
program. The first event will be the wildflower scavenger hunt on May
7. Ron is planning to do an outdoor photography class. Sam may be
interested in doing a program on geocaching.
- The city of San Jose has a Community Leadership Academic
Training program. We submit a form to the city saying who we are.
They help form organizations and inform them of the rules.
- We got a note from Neighborhood Development
Center, 43 East Gish Road, Suite 100, San Jose, CA, Phone: (408)
392-6771, E-mail: NDC@sanjoseca.gov,
They have programs to help neightborhood organizations.
- Paul talked about people speeding on Curie from Camino
Verde to San Ignacio. People are drag-racing. The city sent traffic
people out to measure the traffic. Paul would like to see a stop sign
in the middle, but it doesn't meet guidelines.
- Ron passed out slideshows of the Volunteers Recognition
Dinner, the Santa Teresa Spring Wildflower slideshow shown at the
meeting, California Trail Day at Almaden Quicksilver 4/23/05. He also
showed pictures of the new trail route from the Bernal Ranch to Buck
- Volunteer Hours (March-April)
- Ronald Horii: 21 March, 64 April
- Mike Boulland: 15 March, 10 April
- Holly Davis: 9
- Kitty Monahan: 3
- Sam Drake: 10 March, 15 April
- Paul Vincze: 30
- Tony Ruiz: 30