Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- (There was no meeting in June.) Today's meeting was held at
the clubhouse, but outdoors. Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii,
Monahan, Ed Jackson, Woody Collins, Holly Davis, Sam Drake, Paul
and Jenel Vincze
- Family Fandango Day will be held in the evening on August
23, 5-8 pm. It will similar to last year's Ranch Spirit Day. Fires
aren't allowed, so there will be no blacksmith. The Muwekma Family
Council will bless the event. There will be a singing cowboy: Cisco
Jim. We will support the event where we can.
- 7/7-11, 9 am to 2 pm, summer day camp at the Bernal Ranch.
They will be doing activities like roping, and hoop rolling. At 11:00
Friday will be a BBQ. They need volunteers to help. Mary Berger
organized it, but she got hurt and will out until August, so other
interpreters will take over.
- There was a corporate group that came out for invasive
species removal at the Pueblo Area. They took out star thistle.
- The Santa
Teresa Historic Area Site Plan: A status report was given to the
County Parks Commission on June 4 (see the Park
Commission meeting minutes). It will be presented on Aug. 21 to the
Historic Heritage Commission for information only. The website for the
site plan has more information, including the goals
and objectives, design
program document, 1992
Santa Teresa Park Master Plan, site
concept diagrams, layout
bubble diagrams. They have notes
from the community meeting of May 8, which was attended by about 2
dozen members of the community. They will be taking comments, will come
up with alternatives, and will have a second community meeting.
- The City of San Jose's Neighborhoods
Commission elections were held. FOSTP is in 2 districts: 2 and 10.
Horii was a delegate for district 2. There were 3 people who ran for
the commission from District 2. 2 showed up at the meeting to answer
questions. They said they wanted to meet with other neighborhood
organizations. 1 could not make it. All 3 were elected.
- The Healthy
Trails kickoff at Hellyer Park was held on May
18. Several of our members helped out. Ron took pictures.
- The Festival in the Park Health Fair was held at
Hellyer Park on June 22. About 4000 people came to it. Mike and Kitty
helped with the information booth. Ron took pictures
and made a web page on it. 4H had a petting zoo, which was full all
the time. They had about 200 seed plantings. Sam manned the geocaching
- Mike said he gave an historic tour to the Pioneers of
California. They came in a bus. They paid for the bus and food. John
Dorrance gave a presentation at the ranch house.
- Should we do a guided tour as a fund-raiser?
- We have $125.11 in our account.
- Mike put $100 in our new account, which was required
because the CAP grant requires a checking account with 2 signatures.
It's at Wells Fargo. They waived the fees. We got free checks.
- Mike said the state non-profit organization filing fee is
due. Mike paid the $20 fee. He will be reimbursed from the account.
- The UNSCC fee is due July 1. The CAP grant starts July 1.
We should be getting the grant check around July.
- We have a bill for $19 for the FOSTP post office box. Dave
Hildebrandt recommended setting up a PO box. It is Box 122, New
Almaden, CA 95042.
- Ron will be teaching another photography class in October
at the BGJ Ranch, without the wildflower walk.
- Sam led a class
on geocaching at Almaden Quicksilver on the Wood Road Trail. 27
people showed up.
- Santa Teresa Spring report (Ed): there has been a better
response by the rangers and sheriff to calls about problems at Santa
Teresa Spring. Kids were caught bringing a sofa along the canal near
the pipe crossing. Ed removed some graffiti on the canal near
Bernal School. Sam said he saw kids trying to catch turtles in
the pond by the spring. There were people fishing. There is a tree down
on the canal road by the fence.
- Jenel contacted a seed company about getting native
wildflower seeds for spreading alongside trails.
- July 12-13: trail crew training will be going on at Uvas
Canyon. They will be rebuilding the rock steps at the Contour Trail.
They will use a line to drag big rocks out of the creek.
- Jenel is the Coyote Crest 4H
club leader. The County Youth Fair is replacing the County Fair. It
will be held at the County Fairgrounds Aug. 1-3. It will be hosted by
4H and FFA. They will have displays of animals and stills (crafts and
crops). It will be free. They will sack races and pie-eating contests.
Animals will be there Mon-Sun. Fri-Sun will be family events.
- Ron attended a meeting of the Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood
Association to talk about the Historic Site Plan. STFNA is drafting
a letter expressing their support for the plan and hopes for more
public access. Ron and Mike gave a guided tour to member of the STFNA,
pointing out the current and future historic area, talking about
historic sites, environmentally-sensitive areas, trail accesses, and
the Coyote-Alamitos Canal.
- Ron talked about the access issues at the historic site.
Dogs and bikes are excluded from the current site and historic sites in
general, except to access the trails. They will not be allowed in the
new site. One possible compromise is to use the Coyote-Alamitos Canal
as an access trail for dogs and bikes. They could access across from
the proposed parking lot, going up behind the Pedro Bernal/Bonetti
House, going down and around the spring, then continuing on the canal
to the Joice Trail. The site plan does not include the canal, but it
could be added in a future plan. The site plan should not do anything
that would prevent this in the future.
- Ron showed pictures of Festival in the Park, National
Trail Day at Santa Teresa Park on June 7, and the Norred Trail.
- Volunteer Hours for May-June (no meeting in June):
- Ronald Horii: 38 hours (May), 45 hours (June),
photography, web pages, trail days, 3 hours FOSTP meeting
- Mike Boulland: 15 hours, meeting planning, tours, trails,
3 hours FOSTP meeting
- Kitty Monahan: 3 hours FOSTP meeting
- Woody Collins: 3 hours FOSTP meeting
- Holly Davis: 3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Sam Drake: 3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Ed Jackson: 3.5 hours graffiti
removal. 3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Jenel Vincze: 1.5 hours May, 1.5 hours June, rabbit care,
gardening at the BGJ Ranch,
3 hours FOSTP meeting.
- Paul Vincze: 3 hours FOSTP meeting.