Teresa County Park covers 1,673 acres in South San Jose. The Santa
Teresa Park Historic Area covers 18.5 acres on the northwest corner of
the park. The Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch portion of the historic area
was dedicated on June 29, 2002. The
remaining 9 acres of the historic area were not open to the public. One
portion was still privately owned. It was called the Pyzak Ranch, after
the last owner (not sure about the spelling of the name). It took a lot of
effort to purchase it and add it to the park. That property enabled the
building of a new trail along Curie Drive, addressing a critical safety
issue for bicycle and pedestrians travelling down Curie towards Bernal
School. These are excerpts from the Friends of Santa Teresa Park meeting minutes,
starting from 6/8/00 (when the minutes were first put online). They
talk about the process of getting the county to buy the Pyzak Ranch,
developing the historic site, building trails through it, and opening
the area to the public.
- 6/8/00: The Pizack property is in escrow
2-3 weeks ago. The city of San Jose authorized 17 homes. Joe Lewis has
permission from the city. Is it on city or county land? It is mentioned
in the inventory of the H4 historic district. The house belonged to the
Bernal family at one time. The property is worth $1.4 million. The
county does not want to purchase it because it is too expensive, though
it was once on a high-priority list for purchase. The property sits on
Curie west of the intersection of Curie and San Ignacio. The fields on
either side of it belong to Santa Teresa Park.
- 9/6/01: 9/20 is
the Historic Heritage meeting. Mike suggests going to talk about the
Pyzak house. The Historic Heritage Commission gets funding from the
parks budget. They make recommendations for historic buildings to be
saved and restored, but they don't have the power to actually buy the
property. The buildings can be anywhere in the county, not just on
county parks property.
- Mike wrote a letter about the impending sale of the Pyzak Property at San Ignacio and Curie.
wants to meet with Forrest Williams. His department has been
encouraging a land swap, where the city would annex the vacant lot at
San Ignacio and Curie and allow the construction of 15 or more cluster
homes. In return, the county would get the Pyzak House and property.
- We prefer that the county buy the Pyzak property outright and not swap it for the vacant lot.
Pyzak House is on the historic inventory. It was built by Pedro Bernal
for his daughter. We want to make sure the house is preserved.
since the meeting, Mike heard that delicate negotiations are underway
for the county to buy the Pyzak Property, so we should table any
community actions on the issue.
- 10/4/01: Mike:
The county is waiting for the appraisal. Don Gage is in favor of buying
it. Forrest Willieams expressed interest. He may be able to get the
city to match funds. Mike hasn't filled out the paperwork for the
community meeting at Bernal school. He will wait to hear about further
- 11/1/01: Mike - The Pyzak Ranch got an
appraisal. The Board of Supervisors will be meeting November 6 at 2:01
to decide on it. Mike will go with his kids and make a presentation.
They have 3 minutes. They will meet with Don Gage before the
- 6/6/02: The Pyzak property sale is still under negotiation.
- 10/3/02: The county is still in negotiations with Pyzak. Pyzak gave notice to his boarders that they need to be out by 10/15.
The county is still in negotiations over the Pyzak property. Pyzak
started moving out. The Pyzak house has been in the park's master plan.
The Pyzak property is now county parks property. They signed escrow.
The city and county bought it. The city used Open Space Authority funds
to help the county buy the property. Pyzak moved out of the house.
There may be historical artifacts around the house.
Forrest Williams wants to have a city dedication of the Pyzak property with the mayor.
- 3/6/03: We should check out Pyzak's for artifacts that can be saved. Rick can go in there if he wears his park badge.
county doesn't have a depository for historical artifacts. We need
someplace to store them. We may be able to use the basement of Pyzak's
- 4/3/03: Nancy Bonetti Ray wrote to us. Her family lived
in the Pedro Bernal House, which the Bonetti Family lived in until the
90's. She talked about growing up the area and the families that she
got to know, particularly the Joice's.
Ed Pyzak has moved out. Are
the artifacts at the house gone? There are broken windows on the hill
side of Pyzak's. The out-buildings are opened up. Maybe the ranger
staying at the Pedro Bernal House could keep an eye on Pyzak's.
Judyth went by the Pyzak Ranch site and saw that they are doing
repairs. The county has a contract out to do restoration work on the
- We need to plan a party or dedication ceremony for the purchase of the Pyzak Ranch. Forrest Williams wants to get involved.
- In the park master plan, the Pyzak Ranch will be a museum. We may be able to use it for our meetings.
narrows as it passes by the Pyzak house, presenting a hazard to
bicyclists travelling down Curie, especially for kids riding bikes to
Bernal School in the mornings. Now that the county owns the land, the
road should be widened.
- 8/1/03: The Pyzak house is
being restored. A ranger will live there. Mike recommends putting in a
sidewalk along Curie Drive along the edge of the Pyzak property. Curie
Drive just before San Ignacio narrows dangerously, posing a hazard to
students travelling to and from Bernal School.
- 9/4/03: Pyzak's:
the County wants to get someone to live in there for now. Later we can
push for funding to allow community groups to use the property.
Pyzak's: Ron wrote a letter to Forrest Williams and Don Gage about
widening Curie Drive next to Pyzak's to provide more room for bicycles
and pedestrians going down Curie, especially for kids going to and from
Bernal School. He got a reply from Forrest Williams, who said it was a
good idea and would have Public Works look at it. Ginny Maiwald,
principal of Bernal School, also wrote, saying that she supports the
idea. They have been looking at street safety issues. Mike asked Joe
Schultz (parks director) to take a look at it. To widen the street
would just mean moving the fence a few feet. There are no buildings in
the way. The fence along the field at Curie and San Ignacio is part
barbed wire, which is unnecessary and a hazard.
We talked about the fence along the Pyzak property where Curie narrows.
The road narrowing is a hazard to bicyclists, especially during heavy
commute traffic to Bernal School. There is nothing behind the wooden
fence by the Pyzak House. It could be moved back a few feet to allow
the road to be widened. The barbed wire along the field is no longer
necessary and is a hazard. It could be moved back and replaced with
barbless wire. We need to ask Joe Schultz about this.
The corner lot at San Ignacio and Curie is intended to be a parking lot
for the Bear Tree Lot and the Bernal Ranch. An interpretive center is
planned to go into the back of the Pyzak Ranch. They may rebuild the
adobe on the Bear Tree Lot.
- 5/6/04: Fence along the Pyzak Ranch:
Curie Drive narrows starting at the Bear Tree Lot, where the sidewalk
turns into dirt. At the Pyzak Ranch, a wooden fence intrudes into the
road, narrowing it considerably. Beyond that is a barbed wire fence
surrounding the empty field that used to be a paddock. The narrowing of
the road and the barbed wire fence are hazards to bicyclists and make
it unsafe for pedestrians to use that side of the road. Bernal School
is at the end of Curie, and experiences very heavy school traffic.
recommend moving the wooden fence and barbed wire fence back about 5
feet to improve access and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. There
is no need for a barbed wire fence any longer, but the neighbors would
like to see the lot maintain a country-like atmosphere, so a split-rail
fence would be the best.
- The corner field at San Ignacio and
Curie is currently empty, but plans call for a parking lot to go in
here eventually. This could provide parking for a trail access and for
the Pyzak Ranch/Bear Tree Lot once they are developed into interpretive
- 2/1/07: There have been meetings on the master
plan for the historic area around the Pyzak Ranch. Robin Schaut has
been involved. We need to find out from the park's commission who will
be in charge of the master plan.
- 3/1/07: The master plan for the park is out for bids. Once a contractor has been chosen, the planning process can begin.
We talked about the historic area. The Bonetti House needs to be
maintained and occupied. They got a clearance to hook up to the city
sewer system, but haven't done it yet. Holly thinks the old wooden
horse stalls at the Bonetti Ranch should be torn down. The broken fence
around the Bonetti Ranch needs to be fixed. The Bonetti Ranch may be
turned into a parking lot. We had concerns that this could end up being
used as an overflow parking lot for Bernal School and could attract
vandals after hours. The "no parking" sign at the Bear Tree Lot was put
there to discourage overnight parking. Instead of no parking at all,
there should be limited-time parking or at least, no overnight parking.
The new master plan will address some of these long-term issues, but
repairs and changing the signs can be done at any time.
The Bonetti property was broken into. It can't be occupied until the
sewage system is hooked up. In order to hook into the city's sewer
system, the property has to be incorporated into the city, which takes
time. Meanwhile, the BGJ Ranch and probably the Pyzak Ranch are using
- We recommended tearing down the old, decrepit horse stable buildings on the Bonetti Ranch.
are fence posts above the Bonetti Ranch below the Norred Trail. They
may be getting ready to install a fence to block the volunteer trail
that drops down from the Norred Trail. This trail was originally on the
plan for the Norred Trail as a connector trail and may be in the master
- The fence along the Bonetti Ranch needs repairing. Drew Merry says he is waiting for the master plan.
The update to the master plan for Santa Teresa Park will cover the
Santa Teresa Historic District: the Norred, Bonetti,
Bernal-Gulnac-Joice, and Pyzak Ranch sites and the Bear Tree Lot. The
master plan is being developed by a consultant. The plan is being paid
for out of capital improvement money. It has to be done by an outside
consultant. Antoinette is directing them. She wants them to come up
with new ideas. A task force with community members to review the plan
has not been formed yet. We need to come up with our own ideas. We
talked about having a theme for the plan. Holly suggested the "Valley
of the Hearts Delight," as the Santa Clara Valley was called because of
all the blossoming fruit trees.
- 11/1/07: Antoinette is handling
the master plan for Santa Teresa Park. The first meeting was held with
the consultants who are working on the design. They were presented with
concepts and will come back with ideas, which will be reviewed.
Pedro Bernal/Bonetti House (San Ignacio): $75K has been approved to
connect the sewer line, getting permits from San Jose. There are still
structural issues: the foundation, crumbly stairs, termites, and sheds.
Not all the funding is there, but they are working on it. The house has
been broken into twice by kids using it for drinking and partying, but
they didn't vandalize it. It now has motion-sensing alarms. It is
designated as a ranger's residence.
- Pyzak House
(Curie): $82K has been allocated for roof and structural repair.
It has dry rot and other structural problems. The house has an alarm.
This is designated as a maintenance person's residence.
- The site plan for the Santa Teresa Historic area:
- Planning is on-going. There have been 2 meetings already. The consultants have been hired. They are doing information gathering.
site runs from the Pyzak Ranch to Santa Teresa Spring. It does not
include the BGJ Ranch or the Norred Ranch, which had their own plans.
- Shed removal at the Pyzak Ranch will be part of the site plan.
- Mike suggested that a field office be established in the historic area for rangers, maintenance, and interpretive personnel.
Romero will be coming to next month's meeting to discuss the site plan.
We need to invite community members to participate.
- Mike talked
about the site plan at the last Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood
Association meeting. He challenged the city council members to help
make Santa Teresa a destination.
- The city of San Jose wants to
extend the Albertson Parkway all the way to Santa Teresa Park along
Manila Way. They would put some markings on the sidewalk. A new
entrance to the park at the end of Manila Way can be addressed in the
new site plan.
- 1/3/08: Antoinette Romeo, who is on
the County Parks' planning staff, is the project manager for the Santa
Teresa Historic Area site plan. She talked about the project status:
- They are bidding for roof repair of the Pyzak house.
- Work on the foundation, stairs, sewer at the Pedro Bernal/Bonetti House will begin next month.
Mike and Ron attended the Parks Commission meeting. Julie Mark talked
about the capital improvement plan for the parks. The plan showed the
Santa Teresa Park projects. They had planning dates, but not committed
dates: 2010: east barn, 2010: grazing plan, Historic Site design: 2011,
- On 3/29, the park commissioners will
take a tour of the areas in the capital improvement plan. They will
probably visit the Ignacio Bernal site, the Joice and Bonetti sites.
- 5/1/08: They will be putting a sewer connection in at the Bonetti House. The Pyzak House roof is being restored.
Santa Teresa Historic Area Site Plan update, May 8, 7:00 upper clubhouse.
The decrepit out-buildings at the Bonetti ranch were torn down.
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
- 8/7/08: Antoinette is presenting the
Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan to the Historic Heritage Commission on
8/21 at the County Building at 70 West Hedding in the Board of
- Antoinette will have a meeting sometime in September to present the design alternatives for comments.
The Santa Teresa Historic Area Site Plan: Antoinette presented the plan
at the Historic Heritage Commission, which approved it. There will be a
second community meeting in September (no date has been set yet). Mario
went to the meeting. Some neighbors said their concerns weren't being
addressed. One of the things they were concerned about was having a
turn-around on Manila Drive.
One of the concens about the site plan
is being able to access the Norred Trail directly from the historic
site, without having to go all the way to the Joice Trail or Mine
Trail. To do that requires crossing the Coyote-Alamitos Canal. Mike
sent an e-mail to the Water District asking if that were possible. They
said they do it all the time.
- 10/2/08: A meeting to discuss the Santa Teresa Historic Area will be held on October 16.
- The Pyzak House will be mothballed.
- Neighbors don't want a turn-around at the end of Manila Drive.
- The Water District says it's OK to cross the canal.
- The bridge across the canal by the Pedro Bernal House is fenced off with barbed wire.
- 11/6/08: Ron showed pictures of the Pyzak House roof covered with tarps.
- On the Santa Teresa Historic Area Site Plan
- There are concerns with neighborhood access, making the park accessible to horses, dogs, and bikes.
- The gate at Manila Way invites kids to hang out.
- If Native American bones are found on the site, they will be buried at Grant Ranch.
neighbors don't want a turn-around at the end of Manila Drive. It is
required by the city fire department for a fire engine turn-around. We
should get the fire marshall to look at it.
- The Coyote-Alamitos Canal could be used as an all-access trail for bikes, horses, and dogs, to bypass the historic areas.
- 3/5/09: There is a resident at the Pedro Bernal/Bonetti House.
went to the 2/19 HHC meeting on the Santa Teresa Site Historic Plan.
There's no need for a turn-around at Manila Drive. The city does not
require it. Curie will be widened by the fences at the Bear Tree Lot.
Buses will park there.
- Lynne Paulson from the STFNA also talked
about the HHC meeting. The STFNA sent a letter with comments, including
the need for a connector to the Norred Trail and the use of the
Coyote-Alamitos Canal as a trail. They had a separate meeting on it. In
the plan, there will be a placeholder for the trail so that one can be
- At the HHC presentation, they said there was no
provision made for equestrian access. They said the equestrian staging
area at Brockenhurst Drive was not being used. We said there is no
equestrian staging area the Brockenhurst entrance. That's the Mounted
- The Pyzak House has been mothballed. Lisa Killough is looking for grants to repair the house.
- 4/2/09: Mike reported on the Santa Teresa Site Historic Plan.
- The final process for public input was the Historic Heritage Commission presentation.
is now in the final documentation phase. Next will be the CEQA process,
the negative declaration report, then a presentation before the Board
of Supervisors. The final plan is on the website.
- A turn-around at the end of Manila Drive is not needed. Fire trucks can back up.
- The plan shows a potential future connection to the Norred Trail.
- They will make sure that native plants are used in the landscaping.
will be widened. There will be a stop sign at the Albertson Parkway. We
said that these improvements should be done soon and not have to wait
for the completion of the whole project.
- 5/7/09: Park
Planner Jane Mark talked about the Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan
(Antoinette Romeo could not come). The Site Plan tries to tie together
the interpretive themes of the Ohlone, Settlement, and Californio
periods. The last public meeting was in 10/08. Based on the input, they
worked with the consultants and came up with the revised plan. The
potential future connection to the Norred Trail was included in the
plan. It is contingent upon being able to cross the Coyote-Alamitos
Canal, and there are environmental concerns, such as the serpentine
areas on the hillside. The Norred Ranch is not part of the plan. It
doesn't tie into the interpretive themes and is too far away. The site
plan will go to the Board of Supervisors for project approval. The
revised plan was presented to the Historic Heritage Commission. They
are working on the environmental review. There will be a public meeting
on environmental concerns. It may be held mid to late May. It will be
presented to the Parks & Rec. Commission on June 3 to update them
on the project and the environmental review. There will be a 30-day
period for public comments. It will be presented to the Board of
Supervisors in early summer.
- Lisa Killough talked about the
Pyzak House. Mothballing is the best option now. They need to look at
what needs to be repaired. They are working on a county-wide unused
structure inventory and will evaluate what to do. They have other
projects that need work, such as the Grant House. They will do an
historic structures report. They will look at what method of
rehabilitation to use and will come up with a recipe to bring it back.
The Pyzak House was not considered for use as a visitors center because
of size limitations.
- The Site Plan shows the relation of
elements in the plan, but not the exact size or location. They will
develop the details later. In the construction phase, they will do more
surveys and will have construction plans.
- The CEQA environmental review will address environmental impacts, as well as public safety issues and lighting.
- There are zones in the parks where dogs and bikes are not permitted. Interpretive areas and playgrounds are off-limits to dogs.
- They want to be able to staff the park. By having a plan, they can ask for grant money. The CEQA plan will be grant-ready.
of Curie is in county jurisdiction. There will be a bus drop-off area
and access along Curie. The neighbors have said they want Curie to stay
rural. Widening Curie has safety implications, particularly students
going to Bernal School.
- 7/2/09: Antoinette Romeo
wants to have a CEQA meeting next month for the Santa Teresa Site
Historic Plan. It may be held in place of our next meeting in August or
may overlap with the VCC meeting.
- 8/6/09: The CEQA review for
the Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan will be on 8/11/09 at the Santa
Teresa Golf Course Upper Clubhouse, 7-9 pm.
- 9/3/09: Mike talked
about the presentation of the Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan at the
Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. Antoinette Romeo had accurate
transcripts of the site plan meetings. The final plan may be different
from the current plan. They may move the bus stop. The CEQA meeting was
for environmental concerns. Next will come the planning. It will not be
financed until 2011 at the earliest. It is not in the capital
improvement plan for 2010, which has not been approved yet. The
commission voted to approve the CEQA document. They had to do that to
proceed with the process.
- We talked about the Pyzak House.
The windows are boarded up with plywood. The roof is covered with
tarps. What happened to the roof tiles? Roland will be in charge of the
Pyzak House sub-committee.
- 10/1/09: We talked about
the Pyzak House. We can't do anything to it. Volunteers can't do
building restoration. It needs to be protected from water damage. What
happened to the roof tiles? Can they be put back on? The house has
water damage. Replacing the roof may cause the walls to collapse. We
need to put together a story telling about the value of the house.
Kitty has information on it. It was built for Jacoba Bernal by her
father as a wedding present. We need a plan. Roland will draw up one.
- 11/5/09: Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan:
- Jane Mark said that the traffic report was inadvertently left out from the Santa Teresa Site Historic Plan.
says the Santa Teresa Park Master Plan showed that the Brockenhurst
entrance was supposed to be an entrance to an equestrian staging area.
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. Community 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 to 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.
- 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.
- 12/03/09: Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan
wants to see the Board of Supervisors approve the plan. He was worried
that if the window is missed it, it might not be funded. Kitty said the
budget is fiscal and runs from July to July
- The plan went to HULET. They put off approval to make sure the issues of multi-use trails are addressed.
want to see multi-use trails, but not paved. We are waiting to see the
trail plan from the planning department. Details will be worked out.
ban on dogs and bikes in the historic area is not a written policy. It
is at the discretion of the director. Lisa Killough is retiring on
12/31. Julie Mark is aware of the neighborhood concerns.
- Kitty moved that we accept the site plan as-is now, but work on the multi-use trails issue later.
said that Yves Zsutty (San Jose Parks Trails manager) said they would
put a crosswalk and arrows at the Albertson Parkway pointing to Santa
- Roland wants to have a work party for the Pyzak House. Volunteers can't touch the house, but we can pull weeds.
- 1/7/10: $9650 was spent on the tarp to cover the roof of the Pyzak House.
Mike talked to Sr. Ranger Aniko Millan about the fence project around
the Bonetti Ranch at Curie and San Ignacio. She said the city needs to
stripe a crosswalk on San Ignacio and Curie. They will be pushing the
fence back on Curie.
- 4/7/11: The fence at the Bonetti Ranch on
Curie Drive was moved back. The fence on San Ignacio was re-built with
an opening for gate.
- 4/5/12: Report on the Park's
Commission meeting: They approved $700K for trail and street
improvements in 2013 at the Pyzak Ranch.
- 12/6/12: We talked
about putting a temporary trail in at the Pyzak Ranch to connect to
Santa Teresa Spring. It will provide an off-street route for
cross-country runners to reach the Norred Trail. $500K to $1M in the
parks' Capital Improvement Plan budget have been set aside for trails
at the Pyzak ranch as part of the Historic Area Site Plan. Supervising
Ranger Aniko Millan supports putting in a trail.
- 3/7/13: Sr.
Ranger Aniko Millan said there was no way to get a trail put in at the
historic site across the street from Bernal School right away. There is
a plan to put one there eventually. They need to make sure it's good
- 6/6/13: The Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan has
been approved. They need to work on a detailed plan. They have funding
to start infrastructure work around the site.
- 2/6/14: Kitty
talked about the Park Commission meeting: The Santa Teresa Historic
Site plan was granted $600K to plan for the trails, parking, and
- 4/3/14: The budget for putting in trails at the Pyzak Ranch has been moved out. It's been taken out of the latest budget.
The Santa Teresa Historic Site (at Curie and San Ignacio): The master
plan was completed. The Parks Dept. was going to fund the trails part
of the plan, but the funding was dropped. Janet Hawks put the trails
back in the budget. It does not include the visitor center.
Park staff is supposed to report back to the Park Commission on
building the trail from the Pyzak Ranch to Santa Teresa Spring. The
project was approved, but money to build it was not put in the capital
budget for 2016. We can go to the next Park Commission meeting on
Wednesday April 1 at 6:30 and speak on the issue.
Several of us went to the Park Commission meeting on Wednesday April 1.
We met there instead of holding our regular meeting in April. Mike and
Ron talked about the delay in construction at the Pyzak/Bonetti Ranch.
In response, a meeting was setup at park HQ by Metka Valh with
Construction Services Manager Mark Frederick and acting Deputy Director
Michael Ferry. They said $600K is in the capital improvement budget for
next year. It will pay for widening Curie next to the ranch and adding
a sidewalk. It is scheduled for 2017. They may add more if it costs
more, which it might if it needs storm drain improvements. They will
dedicate the road improvements to the City of San Jose, who will
maintain it. The total cost to fully implement the historic area
development plan is estimated to be $7.2 million. It has 9 phases, It
could be built in phases. There is no funding for the whole project yet.
Pyzak/Jacoba Bernal House has severe termite damage. They may not be
able to save it. They may have to knock it down and start over. Ron
said that since a new visitor center is part of the plan, they could
use the money to rebuild the Pyzak House instead and use it as a
visitor center. Kitty said that the Pyzak House was near the top of the
priority list of historic structures in the parks.
Last month we talked about the Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan at the
Pyzak/Bonetti Ranch and Bear Tree Lot. $600K in capital funds will be
used to widen Curie, but implementing the total plan would cost $7.2M,
which is unfunded. It has 9 phases and could be built in phases.
talked about the Pyzak House. It has severe termite damage and may need
to be torn down. Marty suggested trying to get a grant from the
Historic Heritage Commission to restore it. They have $300K total for
historic restoration grants. Someone in the Parks Department, like Mark
Frederick, would need to put together a grant request. Kitty will ask
Mark about it.
- Part of the funding to buy the Pyzak
Ranch came from the Open Space Authority's 20% fund, requested by
Forrest Williams. The OSA will have more money available in 2016 due to
Measure Q. Funds may be available to help implement the Santa Teresa
Historic Site Plan.
- 7/2/15: We want to see if we can
save the Pyzak House. It has extensive termite damage and may be
demolished. Mike was thinking about using it to store historical
archives for Rancho Santa Teresa. We need to meet with planner Kim
Brosseau about the plans for the house. Before it was the Pyzak House,
it was the Jacoba Bernal House, built for one of the Bernal Family
daughters. It dates back to the 1930's.
- 8/6/15: Pyzak House
preservation: Kim Brosseau is the head of the park's planning
department. She said it's possible to save the Pyzak House if we can
get the money. Mike will ask Kim if an assessment of the house was done
to figure out how much it would cost to save it. We may be able to
apply for an Historic Heritage Commission grant. We need to write the
story of the Pyzak/Jacoba Bernal House to justify saving it. Paul
Bernal may be able to help.
- 9/3/15: At the Park Commission
Board meeting, the strategic capital plan for the next 2 years was
shown. The widening of Curie Drive is in the plan.
- The next
Historic Heritage Grant cycle is March 2016. We need to prepare a
proposal for saving the Pyzak House, which is in a state of arrested
decay. It has termites and water damage, which stopped the
initial restoration. We need to make a project proposal. Mike did some
research on the history of the house. It was the wedding present for
Jacoba Bernal, daughter of Ygnacio Bernal. She married a Fisher, from
the Coyote Valley. Kim Brosseau, who is acting head park planner, needs
to approve the plan. Julie Lee can advise.
We're planning to get an Historic Heritage Commission (HHC) grant to
help preserve the Pyzak House. Marty is on the commission. He said
there will be a meeting on October 15 at 6:30 in the County building in
the Board chambers. Groups seeking grants will be giving presentations
to the Commission. It would be good for us to attend that meeting to
see what the presentations are like.
- In order to get an HHC
grant for preservation of the Pyzak House, we need to document its
historical significance. It was the house of Jacoba Bernal, a
descendant of the original founder of Rancho Santa Teresa. Mike got a
letter from Paul Bernal describing the historical background of the
Jacoba Bernal house.
- Mike talked to park planner Antoinette
Romeo. She said it would not be likely that the Pyzak House will be
restored. Mike said that if we could at least get it treated for
termites, it would prevent further damage. He estimates it would cost
$2K-$2.5K to get it tented. Ron said that's just for drywood termites.
If it has subterranean termites, it would cost more.
volunteers have been entering 50K records into the County's archive
system. They work in the staff offices in the Casa Grande. We need to
get Santa Teresa's records entered into the system. If we learn their
methodology and format, we could do it ourselves.
- Meet at the
Casa Grande on 10/23 at 12:00 pm to discuss the HHC grant and learn the
system used to scan and enter records into the County Parks archives.
For Historic Heritage Grant projects, Julie Lee suggested going over
the park master plan and seeing what needs to be done. Current ideas
are to termite-treat the Pyzak house and build a path from Bernal
School to Santa Teresa Spring. Other ideas: signage for the buggy and
hay wagon in the east barn and grinding wheel.
- Mike talked
to senior ranger Phil Hearin. He said a tree service was called to
clean up the treefall at Santa Teresa Spring. A dead cottonwood tree
fell and took out 2 branches of an oak tree. They found that another
cottonwood tree was rotten, so they removed that too. They ground up
some of the wood, but left big pieces in place as animal habitat. There
is a work order to fix the fence. John wants to make sure the treefall
debris doesn't change of the flow of the pond outfall.
talked about moving the entrance to the spring opposite Manila Way. It
puts it in line with the Albertson Parkway. There are no houses facing
Manila Way, which is much wider than Manila Drive, so would be better
- We talked about the Historic Heritage Grant.
Montalvo Arts was the only County Parks program submitted for a grant.
Grants can be projects in any park. If the termite damage to the Pyzak
House is too extensive, it could be rebuilt, like the East Barn. Marty
asked if the house could be moved to San Jose History Park.
Open Space Authority's 20% fund was used by Councilmember Forrest
Williams to help buy the Pyzak Ranch.The fund is used to help cities
with urban open space projects. There's a new formula now. More money
is available in 2016. Cities or any group can apply for it. We could
see if OSA money could be used to pay for work at the Pyzak Ranch.
Ron mentioned that the Open Space Authority has community grants. He
has been going to meetings. It's a possible source of funding for the
trail extension. This is separate from the existing 20% grants that the
OSA gives to cities, which require detailed documentation. The new
grants are for community groups and are simpler.
- 5/5/16: Ron
measured the distance from the end of the trail at Santa Teresa Spring
to the end of the fence at Manila Way. It's 246 feet, +/- 10 feet.
talked about grants. Mike, Kim, and Ron met to discuss getting grants
to building a trail extension from Santa Teresa Spring to Manila Way.
We need help designing the trail. Kim Brosseau in the planning
department wants to see a plan. Sr. Ranger Phil Hearin OK'd the idea of
building the trail. Kim Gardner will put together a grant file. We'll
have a 12-month calendar with dates and deadlines.
- We can use the Historic Heritage Commission grants for projects in the County Parks.
Open Space Authority has a community grant program for urban open space
projects. They have been holding meetings in each of OSA's districts.
Ron has been going to the meetings. They are gathering information
about what the communities want. They want non-profits to apply. They
have a draft application form, but the process has not been finalized.
We could use the grant for the trail extension at Santa Teresa Spring
and for projects at the Pyzak Ranch. Kitty said it may be too difficult
for us to apply this year. We should wait until next year, after we see
what the process is like.
- 7/7/16: With Measure Q
passing, the Open Space Authority has 2 new grant programs. The first
is for $2.5-$5K. It has a simple application. Non-profit community
groups can apply for it. Information will be out by the end of July.
There will be a 3-month period to submit the application. Projects must
be completed within a year. The larger grant is for $10K-$250K. The
application process is more complicated and is more suited for city or
county organizations. The old 20% urban grant program is still in
- Ron said that with Measure A passing, the County
Parks' capital budget has effectively doubled. The Santa Teresa
Historic Site Plan was approved in 2009, but has been on hold ever
since. San Jose City Councilmember Forrest Williams used grant money
from the Open Space Authority to help buy the Pyzak Ranch in 2002,
which made the site plan possible, so the OSA should be interested in
seeing the plan implemented. County Parks may be able to get a grant
from the OSA to help pay for the project. Mike will talk to Robb
Courtney about it.
- 8/4/16: An Eagle Scout from the
East Bay is interested in organizing the trail project from Santa
Teresa Spring to Manila Way. He will be coming to Fandango. The County
has gravel for the trail.
- Mike and Ron will meet with Parks
Director Robb Courtney on 8/30 at 11:30. They will talk about the
budget for the Curie Drive road improvements and about implementing the
whole historic site plan.The Santa Teresa Foothills Neighborhood
Association is also interest and will be coming to the meeting. The
issue was brought up before the Parks Commission meeting. Park staff
was asked to report on it to the commission.
Andrew from Boy Scout Troop 227 wants to take on the Santa Teresa
Spring to Manila Way Trail as an Eagle Scout project. We need a project
lead on our end.
- On 8/30, Ron, Mike, and Kitty met with
County Parks director Robb Courtney to talk about plans for the
development of the Santa Teresa Historic Site. $600K was allocated for
building trails in the historic site. The money is still there and will
stay there. It will not be used for widening the street. Robb said
that's the city's job, but the County will work with the city. We
talked about grant opportunities with the Open Space Authority. There
are also Safe School Route grants. Future development of the site will
depend on long-range capital plans that the Parks Department will be
- 10/6/16: Kitty said that the OSA's
Measure Q grants received 30 applications. 27 were valid. 11 will be
granted. We should look at applying for this grant next year.
McKinley said he'd take the lead on the Santa Teresa Spring trail
extension project. Prospective Eagle Scout Andrew Yanogacio from Troop
227 will take on the project.
- 11/3/16: We're planning
the Santa Teresa Spring to Manila Way Trail project. Woody took a look
at it. Andrew Yanogacio from Boy Scout Troop 227 will take on the
project. Eric McKinley will lead the project. It needs a date.
Jorge works with the Boy Scouts. They have done projects at Santa
Teresa Park and Chitactac-Adams. They have done trail cleanup. Eagle
Scout candidate Andrew wants to build an extension of the trail by
Santa Teresa Spring to Manila Way. He has been helping to build trails
for 10 years.
- We talked about the Manila Way Trail project.
It's about 250 feet from the end of the existing path below Santa
Teresa Spring to the proposed trailhead at Manila Way. We have to be
careful because there's an oak tree there with a big beehive in the
trunk. The fence already ends there just past the oak tree, so there's
no need to put an opening in the fence for the trailhead. The branches
of the oak tree may need to be trimmed to provide more headroom. We
need to form a subcommittee, which will meet next week. Once there's a
new trailhead on Manila Way, the neighbors on Manila Drive want the
entrance below the spring to be closed. That will encourage parking on
Manila Way, which is wider and has no houses or driveways facing it. It
also leads directly to the Albertson Parkway. The trail is part of the
original park master plan and the recent historic site plan. Project
leads will be Greg and Eric.
- Mike reviewed the trail proposal
with Frank Weiland. He had some comments and questions:
documentation for source of funding, budget plan, cost of labor and
materials, construction plan timeline, start and end points, mitigating
Native American archeological findings, how the trail will serve the
community, companies that will use the trail. The plan needs approval
from Anne Thomson, who is the new supervisor in the Planning
Department. Mike talked to Kim Brosseau in Planning about it. Melissa
Hippard can be the staff lead contact. What about insurance, UNSCC or
Boy Scouts? The costs will depend on what we can get for free,
estimated from $1K to $5K.
- 3/9/17: Andrew
Yanogacio is a Boy Scout. He wants to do an Eagle Scout project in
Santa Teresa Park. His initial proposal to build a trail from Santa
Teresa Spring to Manila Way was turned down by the Parks Dept. He has a
new proposal to work on the Laurel Canyon Nature Trail. His plan is to
repair the tree/bush ID posts, create weblinks for more information
about them, remove graffiti, remove the fallen tree, level the trail to
improve drainage. Andrew needs to complete the project before he turns
18 on 4/20. Jorge Porras is his scoutmaster. Possible dates to do the
work: 3/25, 3/26, and 4/1. Andrew needs to get approval from the scouts
and Frank. Frank needs to see the full proposal. The repairs to the ID
signs must be identical to the original signs, otherwise, they have to
follow new standards and need further approval. There could be a link
somewhere to a webpage with information about the subjects of the
signs. We can host it on our website. We're sponsoring the project as
an FOSTP project. Andrew is doing it. The Boy Scouts have event
insurance to do it. We don't have event insurance for the project, but
can get it. The scouts can pay for it.
- Though the Parks Dept. did not approve the trail for the Eagle Scout project, we can still do it.
Councilmember Sergio Jimenez and his assistant Helen Chapman are
planning to attend our next meeting. The topic will be the widening of
Curie Drive in association with the Historic Site Plan development. We
need community support. We can talk about Manila Drive concerns. Mike
will check with Sergio about what he expects to talk about in the
meeting. Ron can announce it on Next Door. Greg & Roxanne can make
up flyers to pass out at Bernal School.
- 4/6/17: We
talked about the Santa Teresa Historic Site and street improvements on
Curie Drive near the Pyzak/Bonetti Ranch. We need to find out who is
responsible for widening the street. Is it the city or the county? The
county can't spend Park Charter funds on city streets. The city can
build roads on county property. Roland said the city's jurisdiction
runs to the canal. The county needs to present plans when they are
ready to implement them. We need to meet with the parks director to
find out what their plans are for the historic site and widening Curie.
Roland gave a tour of the property to Sergio Jimenez.
- Roof tiles were removed from the Pyzak House when it was being renovated. They are historical. What happened to them?
We were expecting San Jose District 2 City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
and his legal advisor Helen Chapman to come, but they were unable to
come due to schedule conflicts.
- 6 visitors: Marilyn August, Karen Parsons, Lisa Dearborn, Lisa Amato, Kurt & Greg Hoselhorst.
- One of the visitors said her son was hit by a car on Curie on the way to Bernal School.
- We talked about the Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan and plans to widen Curie Drive from the Bear Tree Lot to San Ignacio.
Mike and Ron will meet with Sergio Jimenez tomorrow (6/2) at the corner
of San Ignacio and Curie tomorrow at 9:00 to talk about the Curie
bottleneck, the Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan,National Night Out, and
the proposed house on the hill above Bayliss.
- Mike and Ron
met with the principal at Bernal School, Dr. Jamal Splane. He has been
at the school for 2 years. He is concerned about the safety of students
and supports the Curie project. He also supports students visting the
Bernal Ranch and learning about the area's history. The school's
Hispanic Club has taken field trips there. Dr. Splane would like
Mike and Ron to give presentations at Bernal.
- Mike talked to
the City of San Jose's Planning Dept. about Curie Drive. The unpaved
part along the Pyzak/Bonetti/Bear Tree Lot is not in the city.
The widening of Curie Drive has been pushed back. Mike and Ron met with
the principal of Bernal School and Councilmember Jimenez, who support
it, but the work has to be done by the County. They met with Robb
Courtney, Mark Frederick, Don Rocha, and Anne Thomson (head of
planning). The issues are budget and a state law that says that the
county can't simply turn over the land along the street to the city.The
city needs to swap land or pay replacement value for the land.
- 9/7/17: Curie Drive/Santa Teresa Historic Site
several years, we have been trying to solve the problem of the
narrowing of Curie Drive between San Ignacio and the Bear Tree Lot.
It's a hazard, especially for bicyclists and for kids going to Bernal
School along Curie. The Santa Teresa Historic Site Plan calls for
widening the road, but the plan is on hold due to lack of funds to
implement the whole project. We have been looking to see if the County
Parks can just widen the road and implement the rest of the project
later. Here's a history of our recent meetings on the subject:
5/30/17, Mike and Ron met with Bernal School Principal Jamal Splain. He
was concerned about the safety of kids coming to school and would like
to see the road improved. He also said there is an Hispanic Club at the
school that has been visiting the Bernal Ranch to learn about their
heritage. He asked if we could make a presentation to them.
6/2/17, Ron, Mike, and Greg met with Councilmember Sergio Jimenez and
his legislative advisor Helen Chapman. We took them on a tour of the
Santa Teresa Historic Site and showed them our concerns about safety
issues on Curie Drive. We also talked to Jamal Splain.
6/15/17, Ron and Mike went to County Parks headquarters and met with
Director Robb Courtney, Construction Services Manager Mark Frederick,
Deputy Director Don Rocha, and Principal Planner Anne Thomson. We
talked about widening Curie Drive, but the issue is a state law
restricting the county's ability to turn park land over to the city.
8/2/17, Mike, Kitty, and Ron met with Councilmember Sergio Jimenez at
City Hall, along with Helen Chapman and Robb Courtney. The Deputy
Director of San Jose's Department of Transportation and Terry Medina
from Real Estate Services were also there. We talked about the
city-county issues and options.
We discussed the options in our
meeting. The majority of our members want to see the road widened,
rather than just having an internal trail built.
Mike talked about the Parks Commission meeting. They talked about
problems doing a land swap to widen and pave Curie. (They are having
the similar problems widening Branham Lane at Martial Cottle.) If the
County widens the road, they have to dedicate it to the city. State law
says the city has to either pay for the land or do a land swap. They
are finding that a land swap isn't feasible, and the city can't afford
to buy it. They want to know if putting a trail along Curie would solve
the problem. At our last meeting, we said that wanted to see the road
widened because the narrowing of Curie is a safety issue for cars, as
well as bikes and pedestrians. We'd like to see a solution that
addresses safety for all three users. Putting in an internal trail,
while leaving the fence where it is, helps pedestrians and bicycles (if
bicycles are allowed), but doesn't address safety for cars. They are
proposing to extend the fence at the Bear Tree Lot, so there would be a
wide dirt shoulder along the road and build a new trail next to it. We
said maybe it would work, but we'd like to see a design proposal.
There's $300K available to do the job.
- 11/2/17: Curie Drive
widening: John Gibbs said that the County is working on putting in an
unpaved trail along Curie Drive and moving the fence, so that the road
by the Pyzak and Bonetti Ranch will be similar to the stretch along the
Bear Tree Lot, which means a wide dirt shoulder. They have $300K for
the project. The County can't pave the road and dedicate it to the city
due to state laws preventing that. The city would have to do a land
swap. If they leave a large unpaved shoulder, what if people park along
it? That will narrow the road too. They need to make that a no-parking
zone. We need to see the plans.
- 2/1/18: The Curie Drive improvement is on hold. Mike will see if we can get support from Bernal School's Latino Club leader.
Concerning the Curie Drive trail/widening project: Helen Chapman in
Councilmember Sergio Jimenez's office called Robb Courtney about it.
Robb said it would be done. Park staff will make a dirt path along
Curie Drive when they have time. Sergio also talked to Mike Wasserman
about it, who said Parks is working on it.
- 12/6/18: 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.
Ranger report from John Maney: The Curie House (Pyzak Ranch) cleanup
will be on 3/2-3. Alternative dates are 3/23-24 if the original dates
are rained out. Most of the grafitti on the buildings has been there
for a year and a half. The rangers will bring the supplies. The fence
along Curie is falling down. They used old wood as a temporary fix. It
needs a long-term fix, (but the fence may be torn down if the road is
widened). There is an opportunity in Samaritan for volunteers to sign
up for the job. It can also be a walk-up event and volunteers can sign
a hardcopy waiver then. Nobody will be turned away. Mike contacted the
Boy Scouts and passed out flyers.
- 3/7/19: Ranger report from
John Maney: The cleanup at the Pyzak ranch was successful. There have
been not many trespassing calls. Lisa talked to the nearby schools
about preventing students from causing problems in the park.
worked with the Parks Department on beautification days at the Pyzak
Ranch, which they call the Curie Drive House. The fence had been
knocked down, graffiti was everywhere, the house was broken into, and
the vegetation was overgrown. On 3/2/19, which started out rainy,
volunteers, rangers, and maintenance worked on trimming trees, clearing
walkways, and preparing the fence to reconstruction. On 3/3/19, which
was a dryer day, we had more volunteers, including a Boy Scout troop
from Cupertino. They painted over graffiti, hauled away brush, and
repaired the fence
- 8/1/19: Ranger Lisa gave a report: The Curie Drive house has been OK since the cleanup. No more vandalism.
Ron asked Nancy Bonetti what she knew about the cross behind the
Bonetti/Pedro Bernal House across from Bernal School. Nancy grew up in
that house and was friends with the Joice's. It looks like there
are stories behind it. It was there until recently. It's gone now.
Maintenance may have cleaned it up. Here's what Nancy said: "The cross
was originally on top of our hill. After my father died, the
family moved it to where it is in this picture. It was placed on the
hill when a priest said mass on the hill during the Rogation days,
where he also blessed the crops of the season. It was done on a
hill where you could see the crops in the valley. One was placed
high on the Joice’s property a few years before ours was done, but it
was later stolen. The priest was Father Donald McDonnell.
He was a unique individual who truly lived the life of poverty and
lived very frugally. He drove an old Jeep and would say mass in
the fields for the Mexican farm workers. He was a major influence
on Cesar Chavez. Once, he showed up at our house late at night,
hungry, and asked for a meal. You will find info on him on the
Internet." Here are some links:
- 3/5/20: The fence on Curie Drive by
the Pyzak House has one of the boards down. A piece of the temporary
roofing on the house is torn. There doesn't appear to be any new
grafitti on the house or outbuildings. We talked about widening Curie
Drive and whether it could be done without having to tear down the
- 6/4/20: Kids broke into the Pyzak House on Curie
Drive. They tore off boards from the windows and damaged the interior.
The rangers caught some of them. Their parents will probably have to
pay for the damage. The windows have been boarded up again.
Bear Tree Lot/Pyzak Ranch: The grass was cut by the parking area, but
was high in the Bear Tree Lot. The Pyzak House was boarded up and
appeared to be free of graffiti. Kids who were vandalizing the house
were caught in the act by rangers. Their parents will probably have to
pay for the damage. There is plenty of room between the fence and house
to widen the road without touching the house. There are highly invasive
trees of heaven growing near the Bear Tree. A large native black walnut
tree by the fence will have to be removed to widen the road.
There are lots of invasive trees of heaven growing at the Pyzak and
Bonetti Ranches and by the Norred Ranch barn. The garage at the Pyzak
Ranch has been tagged.
- 3/4/21: Senior Planner Jeremy Farr sent
an email that the new trail in the Santa Teresa Park Historic Area from
Santa Teresa Spring to San Ignacio/Curie is going out to bid. He sent a
map showing the new trails. It doesn't quite follow the original trail
plan shown in the 2009 site plan. It goes closer to Curie and does not
go to the back of the property.
- Tomorrow (3/5), Mike,
Greg, and Ron are going to survey the area where the new trail is going
and will see if there are any concerns about it. They will also look
for volunteer work opportunities.
- 4/1/21: Mike, Ron,
Greg, and Woody went on a scouting trip on 3/5/21 to see what work
needs to be done around the Bernal Ranch and Santa Teresa Spring. They
also explored the route of the proposed trail from Santa Teresa Spring
into the Bear Tree Lot, Pyzak Ranch, and Bonetti Ranch. Mike showed
where his students buried a time capsule next to the Bear Tree
monument, which will be moved closer to the Bear Tree.
Mike invited park planner Jeremy Farr to talk about the new trail at a future meeting.
the last Parks Commission meeting, Director Don Rocha talked about the
proposed plan to build trails in the Santa Teresa Historic Site. The
Board of Supervisors approved the plan. It is going out to bid.
will be presenting at the next Parks Commission meeting on April 7. He
will talk about the new trail in the historic area and the
reinstatement of the parking fees.
Jeremy Farr sent out a notice to the neighborhood around the Santa
Teresa Historic Area about the new trail construction. It should start
in May. They will build a new trail from Santa Teresa Spring, through
the Bear Tree Lot, then along Curie Drive inside the fence. They will
remove the fence boards and leave the masonry pillars. The Pyzak House
will be fenced off. The trail will end at the corner of Curie and San
Ignacio, across from Bernal School.
- The Bear Tree Lot
monument will be moved closer to the Bear Tree. There's a time capsule
buried next to the monument that came from Mike's class. That will be
- When the new trail is done, we want to do some kind of
ribbon-cutting celebration, as well as a time capsule opening. We'll
need to know the schedule before we can plan it. The Parks Department
may plan their own opening celebration, but it may depend on what is
allowed at the time, and what the staff is doing.
The construction of the new Curie Drive Trail started on June 1. The
construction manager is Tom McLauchlan. Jeremy Farr is the park planner
in charge of the plan. We can ask Jeremy to talk about the project at a
- Jason Gormon is responsible for maintenance
of the historic area past Santa Teresa Spring. Jeremy Celaya is
responsible for maintenance of the Bernal Ranch and Santa Teresa
Spring. Bryan Lue is acting Senior Ranger for Hellyer, Martial Cottle,
and Santa Teresa.
- Mike wants to have a trail opening event
for the new Curie Drive Trail. We can have a picnic, a ribbon-cutting,
show the time capsule, and walk the trail. We can start at the ranch
house and talk about the history of the ranch.Mike wants to setup a
trail event committee. We need to find out when the project will be
completed and whether the Parks Department plans to have some kind of
ceremony. We can do something in conjunction with the department. We
can't afford the insurance to put on our own public event, but we can
have a private celebration.
- 7/1/21: Mike wants
to have a picnic to celebrate when the new trail opens. It will just be
an informal picnic for our group. The construction sign says the work
will be done in September of this year. That may be the earliest it
will be done. Joan suggested that Mike do a ghost tour then. We
probably can't hold our own public celebration event because of the
cost of insurance, but if the parks department has one, we can help out.
- Mike wants to thank Jeremy Farr for his work in planning the new trail and Jeremy Celaya for maintaining the Bernal Ranch.
The date for completion of the Curie Drive Trail has been pushed out to
the end of October. We want to have some kind of informal
celebration/picnic when it opens. We have to keep it to less than 20
people. We can hand out mementoes. We can give out little wooden
orecarts with the Bernal brand on it that Jim Besseau made. We just
need to assemble them. We could also give out bookmarks that Jim made.
Marilyn and Joan are on the Curie Drive Trail Picnic Committee. When
the trail is complete, we want to have an informal celebration. Mike
will give a tour. We can give out snacks, sourvenirs, handouts, and
newsletters. We don't know the completion date. It was supposed to be
in September, but it's been pushed out to October.
- The Parks
Department is looking for names for the new trail. Ron submitted a list
of potential names, with pros and cons. We talked about that list of
names and decided that we liked the Bear Tree Trail, Oso Trail, and
Muwekma Trail the best.
- 10/7/21: The new trail should
be opening in October, unless it gets delayed. There may be an issue
about whether they might be disturbing archaeological sites. The Parks
Department's naming committee for trails is unable to meet due to the
pandemic and reassignments, so the trail may not get named until next
- We want to have a celebration event after the new
trail opens. Marilyn and Joan are working on it. If it's near the Day
of the Dead (Nov. 7), we can give away Mexican candy, like candy skulls
or lollipops. We can hand out our newsletters and other literature, as
well as signature items, like keychains or bookmarks.
The new trail opening has been delayed. It should be ready by the end
of the month. We can shoot for 12/5 at 2-3 for the celebration, but we
need to confirm the actual date of the trail opening with the Parks
Dept. We should ask Tamara Clark if the department is going to do
anything. [The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be on 12/11.]
- Joan bought some Day of the Dead candy for the trail opening celebration.
- We need to write a newsletter to pass out at the celebration. Ron will edit it
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