Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike
Boulland, Steve Crockett, Greg Koopman,
Joan Murphy, Kim Gardner, Ron
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. Mike sent out a meeting
link for this Zoom meeting.
have a First Friday workday on 7/7/23. We'll meet at the Bernal Ranch
by the chicken coop at 9:00 am. We will be doing weeding. We may have
12 people helping us. We need foam knee pads. Ron has some and will
bring them. Greg suggests getting kick board pads, which are
- Our work day next month is on Friday, August 4 at 9 am.
Coordinator Carolyn Schimandle says she needs volunteers to act as
hosts at the Bernal Ranch. Steve was a host before the pandemic. He's
thinking about doing it again.
- Jason Gorman was the senior
maintenance worker at Santa Teresa Park. He surpervised a lot of work
at Santa Teresa, including the tree planting in the Pueblo Area. We
should recognize him. He's now at Almaden Quicksilver.
- We have
$1348.82 in the bank, the same as last month. We had to pay fees
for government tax filing fees: $20 for the state, $50 for federal.
- We are waiting to get our Beautify San Jose Grant. We were awarded the
grant, have turned in the required paperwork, and are waiting for the
check for $1500.
next Park Commission meeting is 8/2/23. Greg wants to come to a future
meeting to talk about his concerns in the park, like trash can lids on
Coyote Peak and abandoned power poles along the Rocky Ridge Trail.
- We should recognize Steve Cassidy, who does the tree planting and maintenance in the middle of the park.
used GoFundMe to raise funds to buy a memorial picnic table for Kitty
Monahan in Almaden Quicksilver. We could do something similar to get a
memorial for Kitty in Santa Teresa Park. We need to find out how NAQCPA
- We should recognize Woody Collins. He's been a member for many years, but can't participate now due to health reasons.
Fuente is on 9/16/23 at the Bernal Ranch. Rob McDonnell is organizing
it. We will be participating. We'll have our booth there. We need to
plan for it. Mike, Joan, Kim, and Ron can come.
- 9/16 is the date of the first Mexican revolution agains the Spanish.
we haven't gotten our grant yet, and since there was a delay in getting
approval, we did not apply to get permits to hold National Night Out
(NNO) this year. Greg will be holding an NNO event this year at his
house. There will be a large NNO event at Los Paseos Park. There are
also big events at Silver Leaf Park and Edenvale Gardens Park. Ron went
to them last year.
- We need to have our newsletter ready to pass
out at La Fuente. When the grant comes in, we'll have money to print
it. Ron will edit it. He'll need articles submitted by the end of
August. Some ideas for articles: ghost stories, the Treaty of Santa
Teresa, stories about famous people in the neighborhood, account of our
field trip to Black Diamond Mines, memories of Santa Teresa, Clementine
Fortini. Ron knows Nancy Bonetti, whose family lived on the Bonetti
Ranch, which is across from Bernal School. He'll ask her if she can
write about her memories of living there. Kim might write about dogs in
- Ron showed pictures:
- 6/2/23: FOSTP work day at the Bernal Ranch.
FOSTP members Mike Boulland, Youngmee Kim, Joan Murphy, and Ron Horii
were there. Also helping were 6 volunteers, including 2 students. They
mostly worked clearing blackberries in the area below Santa Teresa
Spring. Joan cut weeds around the ranch house.
- 6/14/23: Family Twilight Stroll, led by Katrina Semene, nature walk from the Bernal Ranch house area to the Bear Tree Lot.
- 6/24/23: FOSTP/NACPA field trip to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in Antioch. Afterwards, FOSTP visited the Antioch Historical Museum and had lunch at the Antioch Marina.
- 6/23/23: Kingsnake program, with Rob McDonnell. He showed Morticia, the kingsnake from Martial Cottle. About 60 people attended. He was assisted by Sofia.
- 6/28-30/23: Prescribed burn and fire training at the Pueblo Area (6/28-29, 6/30).
Flat parts of the Pueblo Area, the east side of Trench Hill, and part
of the hill north of Bernal Road and south of the Mine Trail were
burned. Fire crews came from cities in Santa Clara and San Mateo
counties. County Park rangers participated.
- 7/4/23: FOSTP and NAQCPA had a booth
at the 4th of July Celebration at Almaden Lake. Mike and Dorene
Boulland and Ron Horii were there for FOSTP. Tere Johnson came for
NAQCPA. Ron Horii brought posters with pictures of both parks. There
were also displays and literature for the Friends of the New Almaden
- 7/6/23: Conditions around the Bernal Ranch: Bermuda grass
is growing in and around the garden boxes. Blackberries are growing in
the drain above the retaining walls along Manila Drive and along the
ramp to Santa Teresa Spring, in the drains below the spring, and the
picnic area below the spring. Weeds have been cut down around the Bear
Tree Lot and Bonettti Ranch. There's a lot of vegetation and mud flow
around Santa Teresa Spring and the shrine. Someone cleared away part of
the shrine so that Pedro Bernal's inscription is visible. Water is
still flowing, so it may be too wet to clear around the spring yet.
- Saturday 7/8/23 is Community Science Stewardship Day
at the Pueblo Area in Santa Teresa Park from 9 am to 11 am. Park
interpreters and volunteer Climate Stewards will lead participants in
measuring and monitoring the health of newly planted trees.
- Sunday 7/9/23 from 10:30 am to 2 pm is the Water and Wags Festival at Calero Reservoir. There will be Mussel Dogs, food, games, pet adoption resources, safety tips, and aquatic education.
- Wednesday 7/12/23 from 7:30-8:30 pm is the next Family Twilight Stroll.
- Morning Nature Strolls
for South County Senions, Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am: 7/19 on the Martin
Murphy Lake at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch, 8/23 on the California
New Trail at Mt. Madonna, 9/19 on the Rancho La Polka Trail at Coyote