Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Kim Gardner,
Steve Crockett, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Gus Letona, Sam Drake, Ron
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. The Santa Teresa Golf
Course banquet facility and clubhouse are closed, and we are under a shelter-in-place order due to the
coronavirus crisis, so we can't meet in person. (Restaurant alternatives are also closed.) Mike apologizes to those who were left off the email notification by mistake. We didn't meet in May because Mike's computer wasn't working.
- All park events
and volunteer activities are on hold. Park administration workers and
interpreters are working from home. Park offices, museums, and visitor centers are closed. Rangers
and maintenance are still working. Park trails and restrooms are open.
our meeting, there was a fire in the Santa Teresa Hills. It was allegedly set by
an arsonist. The Greystone neighborhood in the Almaden Valley was
evacuated. Greg could see helicopters flying overhead. Mike and Kitty
could hear planes from New Almaden. [Ron made a Facebook album of pictures of the aftermath of the fire.]
- Mike talked about a new book by Jenny Clendenen that has just been published. It's called Mine: El Despojo de Marķa Zacarķas Bernal de Berreyesa.
It tells the story of Maria Zacarias Bernal, whose father founded
Rancho Santa Teresa. She married Jose de los Reyes Berryessa, who owned
Rancho San Vicente, which included the New Almaden Mines. Mike took Jenny on a tour to Santa Teresa Park
to show her a survey marker for Rancho San Vicente. We should invite
Jenny to be a speaker.
- Ron showed a slideshow. Since we didn't
have a meeting in May, he showed pictures from April 1 to June 1. The
pictures showed Santa Teresa Park conditions, news, wildflowers, and
wildlife. [Here are the slideshows in Facebook albums: April, May (Facebook sign-in required)]. Some news highlights:
broke into the Pyzak House on Curie Drive. They tore off boards from
the windows and damaged the interior. The rangers caught some of them.
Their parents will probably have to pay for the damage. The windows
have been boarded up again.
were using plywood stored in the old pavilion above the Norred Ranch to
make skateboard ramps. Park Maintenance used those boards to cover up
the Pyzak House windows.
- COVID-19 signs about social distancing have been posted at trailheads and the park entrance on Bernal Road.
tables and BBQs have been taped off. Drinking fountains are covered up.
Restrooms are still open. Parking fees at the Pueblo Area (and in all
County Parks) have been waived.
- The park has been busier
since the shutdown. The small parking lot on Bernal Road near IBM has
been full. Cars were parked on the road outside of the parking lot,
which is illegal. Rangers put up signs saying there's no parking along
the road, but parking in the Pueblo Area is free.
- A huge oak tree fell down and blocked the Hidden Springs Trail. Rangers and Park Maintenance cut it up and cleared the trail.
golf course and archery range were closed starting in March. Some
golfers sneaked onto the golf course and were playing for free. Rangers
chased them off when they saw them.
- The golf course and
archery range reopened in May, with safety protocols. The golf course
clubhouse and banquet facilty remain closed. [Here are the safety protocols for the Santa Teresa Golf Club. Here are the protocols for the archery range.]
Air National Guard had 2 flyovers over Bay Area hospitals to salute
health care workers and first responders. They flew F15C fighter planes
over O'Connor Hospital. They flew a C130 cargo plane and rescue helicopters over
Kaiser San Jose Hospital. Ron got pictures of the flyovers from the
trails in Santa Teresa.
- At Santa Teresa Spring, the
interpretive sign by the spring, the fence rails, and the upper
lamppost were covered with graffiti. Park maintenance cleaned off the
sign and lamppost and sanded down the fence rails to remove the
- Ron took a park map and highlighted the wide trails,
which are easier to practice social distancing on compared to the narrow
- The Koopmans have been maintaining some of the garden boxes at the Bernal Ranch.
talked about the budget. We have $2936.84 in our Wells Fargo account.
There are checks outstanding, so the amount will go down when those
checks are cashed. In Quickbooks, we have a balance of $1486. We got
$2480 from the Beautify San Jose Cycle 3 Grant. We have $1450.01
left from the grant. We have $516.34 not allocated or committed to the
- Mike filled an online application for our 501c3 incorporation. It cost $275.
got a letter from Ken Podgorsek, head of UNSCC. He administers the
Beautify SJ grant. Mike asked him some questions about the grant. He
said the county is allowing group assemblies of up to 25 with rules.
The new grant application, which usually comes out in May, has been
delayed. The Cycle 4 grant might not happen or it may be reduced.
- Mike paid for a yearly subscription to Zoom for our meetings. It costs $163.40/year. Ken said it was covered by the grant.
- The group that organizes National Night Out events
recommends delaying them to October 6. Normally, they would be held the
first Tuesday in August, 8/4/20. If we have our NNO event on 10/6, that
pushes it into the next grant cycle, so our current grant, which ends
on 9/30/20, would not cover it. If there is no or a smaller Cycle 4
grant, we might not get enough money to pay for it, so it's hard to plan for it. The parks
department isn't issuing any permits now, so there's no way to know
when or even if we can hold it or any other event in the park.
any public event, including meetings, the major issue is safety.
COVID-19 isn't going away anytime soon and probably not this year. We
have to consider how to protect ourselves and guests.
Ju, the park interpreter at the Bernal Ranch, who organized last year's
La Fuente and other events, abruptly resigned earlier this year. She
has not been replaced. All interpreters are working at home. All
museums and visitor centers, including the Bernal Ranch buildings, are
closed. It's unlikely there will be a La Fuente or similar events this
year at the ranch.
- We talked about having an event in the park,
like a community BBQ, once shelter-in-place orders are lifted and the
picnic and BBQs are open again. We don't know when that will be, so
it's hard to plan for it. If we supply food, we'll need a health
department permit. We could have a potluck.
- We could do a small private picnic/BBQ event that wouldn't require permits, but it wouldn't be covered by the grant.
- We could have guest speakers online using Zoom.
could shift some of our grant money from events to communications. We could
print out flyers and newsletters. Without events and with the libraries
closed, where would we pass them out? We could have a table in front of
businesses, like Moonbeams, and pass them out. We could leave copies at
businesses that reopen.
- We need an updated flyer that talks
about our organization and is not time-sensitive. We have a flyer, but
it's old and needs updating. Sam has a design for the Umunhum
Conservancy that we could use for ideas. His flyers cost 40 cents each
for 2-sided color 5 years ago for 1000 copies on heavy paper. Kim said
she'd help with the flyer.
- Ron will edit the newsletter.
Normally we would prepare a newsletter before a big event where we would
distribute it. That has usually been Fandango or National Night Out.
Since we don't have any events scheduled, we don't have a definite
target date, except for the end of the grant period, Sept. 30. Some
possible topics: the effects of SIP on the park, safety measures, park
usage, wildflowers, an historical article, a review of Jenny Clendenen's book, our grant.
- Mike wants to do a story on the Treaty of Santa Teresa. He has a copy of it, which is in Spanish.
talked about spending money on branding. We could have more T-shirts
made, but the grant only covers $15 per shirt, which must have our
organization's name on it. If we sell the shirts to make up the
difference, we may need a business license. Gus will look into T-shirt
costs. Kim will look into other branding possibilities.
- The Koopman family made a video of Santa Teresa Park.
Greg took videos of the park. His daughter Vanessa edited the footage.
Greg added text. This is the video. Ron will put a link to it on our website.
- The Koopmans are tending the garden boxes at the Bernal Ranch. They have been pulling weeds and planting tomatoes.
- Future project: get paint and have 4H (or Boy Scouts) paint the garden boxes.
- The County Parks Commission has not been meeting during shutdown.
- Julie Karnoff, who worked in the Volunteer Program office, left. They are looking for a replacement.
- Our next meeting is July 2. It will probably be a Zoom meeting. Mike
will send instructions out to the current email list. If anyone new
wants to join in, they need to email Mike.