The meeting was held at 7:00 in the upper clubhouse. Mike Boulland
was presiding. Ron Horii was the recording secretary. Minutes from last
meeting were reviewed.
Jim was on vacation this week, so we did not get the park ranger report.
We haven't heard from park maintenance.
Mike got $700 back that was supposed to be the final payment for Earth
Core. The principal of Baldwin School returned it.
Mike walked around the lower park with Park Commisioner John Redding. They
visited Buck Norred's and the future mounted patrol location, the H4 historic
zone, and the Joice-Bernal Rancho restoration. John Redding expressed concern
about the condition of the Ohlone Trail. He was open to the idea of opening
the Coyote-Alamitos Canal to public access.
The Bernal-Joice Rancho restoration has been stopped for 2 months while
the contractors work on another project at a school.
Jean Getchell reported on the condition of Santa Teresa Springs. She said
that it was being trashed. Slats in the fence were being kicked out. Someone
had written graffiti on the walls of the spring that was only visible from
The walls on Bernal Road have been tagged. The Earth Core group has helped
with the cleanup in the past, but they are on vacation. The parks department
also cleans up the graffiti. There was a question about whether IBM had
any responsibility for the road.
Emergency phone at the Pueblo area?
The installation of the lights at Santa Teresa Springs is in progress.
They are being purchased. The funds, however, were available months ago.
Hours last month:
Jean & Phil Getchell - 15 hours each.
Ron Horii - 20 hours
Dorothy Wuss - 2 hours
Kitty Monahan - 2 hours
Mike Boulland - 40 hours
Mike Boulland talked about Earth Core. The principal at Baldwin School
wrote a grant and got funding for the program, so it will be funded by
the school. the groups meets twice a week, after school. Even though it's
held at Baldwin School, anyone can participate. They need community members
to help with activities for the kids. They take field trips into the park,
hike, pick up litter, clean up, plant trees, etc. They meet after school
in Mike's classroom and walk to the park. They spend about an hour in the
park. There's about 10-30 kids who participate. If anyone wants to help,
Mike got $25 for giving a talk to a women's sorority on Santa Teresa Park
and 3 important women.
Mike showed some pictures of archaeological sites. He went with an archaeologist
and took pictures of petroglyphs and other rock formations used by the
The bridge on the Rocky Ridge trail and one on the Stile Ranch trail need
repair or replacement. They are OK for hikers, but they are not strong
or stable enough to support horses. Working on them would be a good Eagle
The next activity will be a evening potluck dinner and truck tour on the
park's fire roads, possibly up to Coyote Peak. We'll shoot for a weekend
with a full moon.
The FOSTP has a new Website
(http://www.geocities.com/stpfriends). Ron Horii is the Webmaster. Send
materials to him for inclusion on the site. He can scan in pictures and
documents. Pictures and stories relating to the park's history would be
good. Articles, news items, editorials, park reports, trail photos, school
projects, etc. would also be welcome. The site has 15 MB of space.
Ron Horii reported on the sparse trail use since the parking fees have
been implemented. He hiked up to Coyote Peak on 2 Friday evenings recently
and encountered no hikers on the trails, which was unusual. There were
only a few bicyclists, equestrians, and joggers who had come in from outside
the park, so they did not have to pay the parking fees. There have been
much fewer cars parked in the park, and only a few bought parking tickets.
We're looking for suggestions for next year's activities. Send ideas to
Secretary, Friends of Santa Teresa Park
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