Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii,
Monahan, Roland LeBrun, Woody Collins, Sam Drake, Ed Jackson, Lynne
Paulson, Holly Davis, Raoul Lopez-El Molina
- Our balance is $455.51. We had no new expenses.
- Send volunteer hours to Mike.
- Ash Kalra took a van tour of Santa Teresa. John Slenter
drove the van. Drew Merry came along.
- Mike and Park Maintenance tech. Frank Deto went to look at
the Coyote-Alamitos Canal near the Caretaker's House at the Bernal
Ranch. Park Maintenance is responsible for maintaining the shrubbery
around the house. Frank noted that the brush around the house is
over-grown and needs to be trimmed. It needs to be trimmed for 20 feet
around the power pole and storage building.
- Mike talked about our list of approved activities. We need
to submit it every year. If we don't get the events on the calendar,
the dates may be over-booked for other events. Santa Teresa Park
cleanup is an on-going activity. Canal clean-up is a future event in
- Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan:
- Jane Mark said that the traffic report was inadvertently
left out from the Santa Teresa Site Historic Plan.
- Kitty says the Santa Teresa Park Master Plan showed that
the Brockenhurst entrance was supposed to be an entrance to an
equestrian staging area.
- Mike and Roland went to the Parks & Rec. Commission
(PRC) meeting and spoke about the plan. The commission determined the
site plan was not ready to be sent to the Board of Supervisors.
communications were not in it.
- Mike told Antoinette Romeo that he hoped the site plan
would be approved, but with modifications. We want to see more
entrances and dog and bike access.
- The plan calls for the entrance at the pond to be moved
line up with Manila Way. Some neighbors have asked to have the entrance
at the spring closed because of after-hours activities. There will be a
bicycle rack at the entrance. The emergency vehicle access gate will
still be there. There will be an alternate trail for dogs and bikes.
- Ron showed pictures: Mikes' Ghost Tour at Santa Teresa and
Almaden, tree & wind damage at old barn,
signs at ST Spring, erosion on spring trail, grooves on hillside by
Bernal Road for seed planting, erosion and holes in the Bernal Hill
Loop Trail, hoof prints on Norred Trail, erosion on Stile Ranch Trail,
torn tarp on Pyzak roof, no horses at Buck Norred's, cross behind the
Pedro Bernal house, new steps at the Pedro Bernal House, corral at the
Pueblo, erosion and hoof prints on the Mine Trail, Tarantula night.
- The Old Barn:
- Kitty said the old barn would be taken down and rebuilt
using as much of the original materials as possible. The design needed
to be re-configured to accommodate the tree in the corner. It will take
couple of months. Roland asked them not to paint the barn white.
- At the PRC meeting, Mike asked if park staff could make a
presentation about future plans for the old barn. What kind of animals
would be housed there?
- The plan for replacing the Calero Ranch Stables is
on-going. The plan is to create stables at the Bear Ranch. It will cost
around $9M. The Parks Commission said they want to see smaller
facilities instead of one big facility. Calero Ranch Stables is closing
because the Water District wants to fix the levee by the ranch. They
want it to move 1000 feet to the east. The Parks dept. does not want
stables on Water District land.
- The Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of Rancho
San Vicente. It can connect Calero with Almaden Quicksilver and is
close to Santa Teresa.
- Santa Teresa Spring is OK.
- Martha Kelly sent a thank you note for helping her with the
Kiwanis Ghost Tour.
- Mike gave a presentation on the Berryessas at the Berryessa
Community Center. Mary Berger gave a presentation on Rancho San Vicente.
- The Parks Dept. bought half of Tulare Hill. The other half
was owned by the Silicon Valley Land Conservancy, who turned it over to
the SCC Open Space Authority. They want to give it to the County Parks
- Lynne Paulson from the Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood
Association: She went to the meeting at the Almaden Community Center
about Mrs. Head, who died after being tripped by a dog being led on a
leash by a bike rider. The association supports multi-use trails and
public education to prevent further incidents. They talked to Ash, who
wants to setup meetings to discuss the subject. Ron also went to the
meeting at the Almaden Community Center. He asked if the city
implements rules, will they apply to some trails or all trails. Nancy
Pyle said they would apply to all trails. Ron asked what happens to
trails that pass through more than one jurisdiction, like the Los Gatos
Creek Trail. They said they meet with the other jurisdictions to
coordinate rules. The county will have a rule in the future that will
prohibit biking with a dog on a leash.
- Roland talked to Ash about the Coyote-Alamitos Canal. On
the other side of Cottle, the canal is part of the city's storm drain
system. 10K acre-feet are now captured in the canal. The water goes to
the Bay. Roland talked about a plan for using the Coyote-Alamitos Canal
capture water and help pay for making it a trail.
- Roland proposed paving the canal from Manila Drive to
Heaton Moor to provide all-weather access. He said that half the people
who use the Albertson Parkway won't go into Santa Teresa because the
trails aren't paved. Others said that Santa Teresa should not have any
- Roland met with the fire department about access issues to
- The first 50 feet on Manila Drive before Camino Verde will
be a 'no parking' zone. There will also be a stop sign at Camino Verde.
- There will be handicapped ramps at the Bernal Ranch.
- The tile roof of the Pyzak house was ripped off for
restoration. Plywood was placed down over the roof for new tiles.
That's when they found the water damage in the wall. Work on the roof
stopped, and they placed plastic tarps over the plywood. The tarps are
ripped. Maintenance needs to fix the tarps. Drew Merry did not know
what happened to the original tiles.
- Mike talked about putting interpretive signs on Coyote
- We'll have our end-of-the-year get-together in January.
- We need to give Jim McGrath a gift certificate for letting
us use the clubhouse.
- There will be a CAP Grant class at the Kirk Community
Center on 11/18 at 6:30.
- Holly said this is Jenel's last year as a 4H leader. There
is a new group handling the chicken coop. 4H did not get any sign-ups
at the last Fandango they were at. They did get a big response at the
Santa Teresa Community Fest.
- Adopt-a-Trail: They will finalize the program next Tuesday.
Kitty will turn in our application for Adopt-a-Trail of the Norred
Trail. We need someone to be a liaison for our group. We'll see if
Woody will do it, since he adopted the Ohlone Trail.