Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Members: Mike Boulland, Woody Collins, Steve Crockett, Greg Koopman, Joan Murphy, Ron
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. Mike sent out a meeting
link for this Zoom meeting. We did not have a meeting or work day in
- Here's the meeting agenda.
- Ron showed a slideshow:
had a First Friday Work Day on 9/1/22 at the Bernal Ranch: Mike,
Youngmee, Greg, and Ron
showed up, along with 3 volunteers. We cleared the drain around the
ceanothus bushes by the street, cleared the blackberries by the
ramp to Santa Teresa Spring, and cleared the mud and blackberries from
around Santa Teresa Spring, the altar, and the cistern.
- There was a celebration of life for Kitty Monahan at the Santa Clara County Horseman's Association on 9/4/22.
- There was stinkwort in the field at the Bonetti Ranch. It was cleared by Park Maintenance (Jason).
are new chickens in the coop at the ranch, initially 3, now 4. There
was a contest to name them. They now have names. Jenel Vincze is taking
care of them.
- Goats grazed the weeds between the golf course and the Ohlone Trail.
are unusually tall leather oaks along the Hidden Springs Trail above
the Ridge Trail junction. It may be because they are growing in a shady
area along a creek.
- There's a new viewing bench on the Vista Loop Trail. It's in memory of Howard J. LeBas, Jr.
a new trail along Blossom Hill Road. It starts on Monterey Road near
the end of the existing Xander's Crossing, which goes from Cottle Road
to Monterey Road. It parallels Blossom Hill Road, going under Hwy 101
on and off-ramps, goes over Hwy 101, and ends at Coyote Road and Silver
Creek Valley Road, across from the entrance to Shady Oak Park's Odette
Morrow Trail. It allows a safe crossing from Cottle Road to access the
Coyote Creek Trail near the Silver Creek Staging Area. It allowed Ron
to take a bike ride from the Bernal Ranch to the Coyote Creek Trail to
- There's a new ramp at the end of the new trail on San
Ignacio Avenue and on the sidewalk on the other side. Greg previously
contacted Matt Mahan's office about it.
- The blackberries
are growing back in the drain behind the ceanothus bushes along the
walkway by the barns. There's dirt in the drain that needs to be
- There's a shortcut to the canal that needs to be
blocked off to keep people from using it. It could be blocked off with
cut blackberry vines.
- More dirt has fallen in front of the spring and the altar. It's not bad yet, but it should be cleared.
crews, with the help of West Valley College students, have been
planting sycamore trees in the Pueblo Area. There are over 100 trees.
They were stored in the corral area for several months. They were
donated by a nursery. The trees have a watering system.
- Our account balance is $1648.82. There's $90.43 outstanding.
next First Friday Work Day will be on Friday, 11/4/22 at 9 am. We will
meet at the Bernal Ranch House. Jason wants us to clear the drains.
- There was no Park Commission meeting.
Schimandle said that interest in school programs is picking up. The
Bernal Ranch hours are 11-3 on Sundays. They need help from volunteer
- The griststone project by Scot Hayes is on hold.
Beautify San Jose Cycle 4 grant funds have been spent. The cycle 5
grant application has been submitted. It is almost the same as Cycle 4,
with the same budget items and amounts.
- Mike needs help with the grant paperwork and keeping track of receipts. Steve said he'd help.
Naming Committee is planning to meet and decide on an official name for
the Curie Drive Trail. They may call it the Kitty Monahan Trail.
a possibility the Yellow Kid Trail in Almaden Quicksilver may be
renamed for Kitty. It was originally named after a comic strip about an
Irish immigrant boy in a yellow nightshirt. The name was inspired by
the yellow soil found in the mine.
- We will have a meeting on
Dec. 1, and a First Friday Work Day on Dec. 2. We will have a dinner on
1/5/23. We'll decide on the details later. We'll have a First Friday
Work Day on 1/6/23.