Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan Marilyn August, Kim Gardner, Sam Drake,
Woody Collins, Steve Crockett, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Gus Letona,
Horii, visiting Ranger John Maney.
- Report from John Maney, Ranger at Hellyer, Santa Teresa, and Martial Cottle:
has been trespassing at the Curie (Pyzak) House. The doors
and windows have been secured. The fence has fallen down in places. They want to to
fix it. There is grafitti on the house and out-buildings. The grafitti
needs to be painted over. They could use volunteer help. John will
follow-up on providing paint and materials.
- The Ohlone
Trail culvert above the golf course and south of the Nature Trail needs
replacing. It keeps plugging up. They plan to get a permit to replace
it in April-May. It's a 2-person project.
- We talked about making an informational flyer and passing it out to
neighbors around Santa Teresa Park near the Pyzak House and along Manila Drive so they know who to contact in case
they see problems there. They could email acting senior ranger Lisa
Pappanastos (Lisa.Pappanastos@PRK.SCCGOV.ORG), call the Hellyer ranger
station at 408-225-0225, or call County Communications at 408-299-2311,
which is monitored 24 hours/day.
stole a fire extinguisher from an apartment complex and discharged it
into Santa Teresa Spring. Park Maintenance cleaned it up. They also cut
back the blackberry brambles in front of Santa Teresa Spring. There is
still dirt that needs to be cleared away.
- The Bonetti House and
the Caretaker's House at the Bernal Ranch are park residences. Staff
can live in them for 4 years. Vacancies have not been announced yet for
new residents to move in.
- The trails are closed to bikes and
equestrians when it rains. If any are seen on the trails when they are
closed, it should be reported right away.
- If we want to have a
park ranger present at our meetings, it would be better to start at
6:00. Sam wouldn't be able to make it that early. We could do it once a
quarter. Rangers have later summer hours, so they could come later. Our
March meeting could be early.
- New park trail signs are coming
in mid-January. They are replacing old signs. They have the same
information. Ranger David Hamblin is replacing the signs.
are new park maps being made. All trail junctions will have an ID
number. When in trouble, call and give the number. (This is the new map for Santa Teresa Park.)
- Senior Ranger Philip Hearin is retiring in April. He handles Almaden Quicksilver and Calero/Rancho San Vicente.
- Vehicle and pedestrian counters are counting park visitor. Erick Perkins is collecting the data.
signed up for the City of San Jose's anti-litter program for cleaning
up along Santa Teresa Blvd., which is in San Jose. To get more
information or to have someone from the program come talk to us, the
contact number is 408-975-7181 or email
- New trees have been planted in the Pueblo Area. They need watering. There is a volunteer opportunity to water them.
can do speaker presentations for fundraising. We need a list of
potential speakers. We may be able to do the talks in our meeting room
in the Banquet Facility if we can't find a free venue elsewhere.
our next event, we need a FOSTP tablecloth. We need a design. An
8' 1-color tablecloth costs $150. A full-color one costs $450.
report (Greg): we have $1865.83 in our account, with pending charges.
Our San Jose Beautify Cycle 2 grant has been approved, but the check
hasn't arrived yet. Checks have been written to Ron and Marilyn to
compensate them for expenses.
- The parks department wants
friends groups to become partners. Partners raise money for the parks
department. NAQCPA doesn't fit as a partner. The money goes to the
general fund. 501c3's can raise funds for themselves. Mike and Steve are working on our 501c3 application. NAQCPA, FOLAW,
GBA, and Umunhum Conservancy are 501c3's. We should have Melissa
Hippard come to talk to us about partnerships.
- Ron showed
pictures: the ofrenda in the Bernal Ranch barn, dirt bike demo day in
the Pueblo Area, Raptor Migration event at the Bernal Ranch,
construction at the Muriel Wright Center, views from the park on smokey
days, Santa Teresa Spring, rescue crews training in the Pueblo Area,
views of rainbows and clouds, views from Coyote Peak.
hike activities (not scheduled yet): Coyote Peak Hike, Ron's photo
class/wildflower hike at the Bernal Ranch, Pre-Mother's Day hike on the
Stile Ranch-Fortini-Mine Trails.
- We will not have a regular meeting in January. We will have a potluck dinner at Mike's house on Thursday 1/10/19 at 5:30.