Friends of Santa Teresa Park News Archive
following are archived news events from our
- The Santa
Community Fest will be held on Saturday
September 18, 2010 from 11 am to 5 pm, George Page Park, Santa Teresa
Drive. The Friends of Santa Teresa Park had a booth there.
- The County Parks is hosting a
series of community meetings
on setting the criteria for their acquisition plans. See
here for more information. See here for the flyer
on the community workshops.
- The dedication
ceremony for the Albertson Parkway was held on Saturday
29, 2009 from 10:00-10:30 am at Jaggers and Conejo.
Santa Teresa County Park Site Historic Plan final plan
are available on the website. The plan was presented to the Historic
Heritage Commission on 2/19/09, which was the last forum for public
input before the CEQA and environmental review process begins. A public
meeting was held on August 11, 2009 to discuss the Draft Initial
Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the plan.
- We had a farewell
Ranger Unit, Monday evening, June 29, 2009.
organization was featured in
the June San
District 2 newsletter. We had our picture taken at our May
Ash Kalra's District 2 newsletter for March 2011 has a
page 3 taken by Ron Horii from the Ridge Trail in Santa Teresa Park,
showing a rainbow over the Santa Teresa Golf Course.
- We participated in the Santa
on Feb. 5, 2011. We had a table, where we displayed artifacts, models,
and passed out literature. Mike Boulland read stories to the kids. Ron
Horii showed a slideshow
Santa Teresa Park (56 MB), Sam Drake had a display
and gave a slideshow and demo on geocaching.
- We gave a presentation and crafts
activity on Santa
Teresa wildflowers at the Santa Teresa Library on 4/30/11.
- We are working on a design for an
interpretive plaque on
Coyote Peak. Here is a picture of a mock-up design for the
- We have applied for Cycle 25 of the City
Jose's CAP Grant. Here is a copy
our application. We have been awarded a CAP Grant
for 2011-2012 of $500,
which is half of what we asked for. Our application was initially
denied, but after writing a letter of appeal and making a presentation,
we received funding for everything except for Fandango Entertainment.
- Ron Horii made a slideshow
on Santa Teresa Park, the Albertson Parkway, and views from La Colina
- We helped out at Festival
in the Park at Hellyer
County Park on Saturday June 25. It ran from 11 am to 4 pm.
were booths for County Parks volunteers and Friends groups. We provided
our latest newsletter
other information. Our members helped out in
various places at the Festival. Here is a web page on the festival.
- We will be taking a guided tour of Gilroy Hot
July 31. Everyone is invited. Contact Mike Boulland for more details.
- We be participating in Family Fandango
Teresa Park on August 13, 2011. We could use help manning the booths
and activities. Check back for more details.
- The new County Parks Park
Here Brochure is available, which has maps, pictures, and
descriptions of all the County Parks. The cover picture is of the
Norred Trail in Santa Teresa Park, taken
on 5/27/10 by Ron Horii. Ron also took the pictures of Alviso
Marina, Chesbro Reservoir, Chitactac-Adams Park, Uvas Reservoir, Rancho
San Antonio Park, Sanborn Park, and Stevens Creek Park.
Ash Kalra's District 2 newsletter for June 2011 has a picture
page 3 taken by Ron Horii from the Norred Trail in Santa Teresa Park,
showing the Albertson Parkway.
- The new County Parks Fall
2011-Spring 2012 Play Here Brochure is available. The cover
is of the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice
Ranch barns taken by Ron Horii. Ron took many of the pictures
inside the brochure.
- The Santa Teresa Community Fest will not
this year (2011). It should be returning in 2012.
- Ron Horii has a display
of Park Photography at the Santa Teresa Library
Community Room in September 2011. It will be on display for about a
month. The room is normally open only for events. The best time to see
it is during the Friends of the Santa Teresa Library's book sale on
Saturday September 17 from 10 am to 4 pm.
- Ron Horii had his display of park
to Moonbeams Coffee, across Santa Teresa Blvd. from the Santa Teresa
Library, next to 24 Hour Fitness, for the month of October, 2011.
- We, the Friends of Santa Teresa Park,
celebrated our 20th
anniversary at the Santa Teresa Library from 10 am to 2 pm on
Saturday March 24. We had an information table where we
park information. Paul Bernal loaned us pictures of the Bernal Family
and Rancho Santa Teresa and costumes so kids could dress up as
Spanish soldiers. There were be arts and crafts for kids. Boy Scout
Troop 227 had displays of their projects at Santa Teresa Park.
Ron Horii had park pictures on display and a slideshow. The Tenor
Band provided musical entertainment.
- Major construction of the East Barn at
Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch has been completed. 4-H will use the barn for
an animal project, most likely in 2014.
- The Healthy
Trails 3rd Edition guide has been published. It
includes 2 trail routes in Santa Teresa Park.
- Ron Horii will be teaching an
photography workshop at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch on Saturday
October 4, 2014 at 10:00 am. He will show how to choose and use a
to take better outdoor pictures, and photo composition. The workshop
includes a slideshow, demonstration, and a walk around the historic
area to take pictures. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn. Register online
or call 408-355-2201.
Sign Dedication Event: We
designed a new
for Coyote Peak. We had a dedication ceremony on October 25, 2014
at 10:00 am. (See
the event flyer.) It was held in
the covered group
picnic site in the
Pueblo Day Use Area of Santa Teresa Park. The event included music,
refreshments, displays, information, talks, awards, and
acknowledgments. Parking fees were waived. Unfortunately, due to the
weather, we were not able to have our planned
sign unveiling ceremony up on Coyote Peak, so we unveiled a copy of the
sign in the Pueblo Area. (See the
the event and of the sign.)
- Widening Curie Drive at the
Pyzak/Bonetti Ranch is
in the County Parks 2016 budget. The work will be completed in 2017.
- See our
new FOSTP flyer
for June 2015. See
- Ron Horii's pictures were used for
is Nearby" Billboards. One of them was a picture of Santa
Park. It was on Keyes St. west of 8th St., on the south side facing
5 blocks west of Senter. Story Road going west turns into Keyes. It
showed the Coyote Peak Trail below Coyote Peak. The billboard campaign
was intended to make urban residents aware of the natural areas nearby.
They showed County Parks, most of which are less than a half hour's
from the billboards.
- We applied for and received a City of
San Jose CAP
(Community Action and Pride). See the August 2015 meeting
details of the application.
- The Friends of Santa Teresa Park held a cleanup
event at Santa Teresa Spring
on September 26, 2015. The spring was nearly completely covered with
vines and dirt. We cleared away the dirt and trimmed the vines.
- Ron Horii taught a class in outdoor
on November 14, 2015 at the Bernal Ranch in Santa Teresa Park at 10 am.
See below for details.
here for pictures of the class.
March 3, 2016, we had a special community meeting with representatives
from the County Parks rangers, sheriffs deputies, San Jose
Jose Council District 2 to discuss issues with the park. Here
meeting, the meeting
agenda, the goals
of the meeting, FOSTP
board members and vision, the list
of contacts, and the meeting
- We gave 2 wildflower hikes in Santa
Teresa Park in April (here is a poster):
16 at 10:00 am on Bernal Hill, starting at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice
Ranch on Manila Drive. (See
here for pictures of this hike).
30 on the Stile Ranch, Mine, and Fortini trails, starting at the
Fortini/Stil Ranch Trailhead on San Vicente Avenue off Fortini
Road at 9:00 am.
- Ron Horii gave an outdoor
photography class and hike at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear
Ranch County Park on May 7, 2016 at 10:00. Here's a poster
for the class/hike.
- Our members helped out at Festival
in the Park at Hellyer County Park on Saturday June 4, 2016.
Horii gave a nature
photography class and hike
at Coyote Valley
Open Space Preserve on Saturday June 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm. He will be
giving another class there at 4:00 pm on July 23. He will be giving
another class at Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara on 8/20 on 4:00
pm. See the Open
Space Authority's Activities Calendar. Ron has a class
tentatively scheduled on Nov. 12 at 10 am at the Bernal Ranch in Santa
- Ron Horii was featured on an episode
of the "Open Road" TV show
on NBC Bay Area, hosted by Doug McConnell. Ron talked about Santa
Teresa Park and other parks and about his outdoor photography classes.
of the parks and classes were shown.
Fandango is the biggest event at the Bernal Ranch. We helped out with
the event and had a booth there: Saturday,
August 13, 2016, Family Fandango • Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch
5pm-8pm. "Celebrate the history of early California and its ties to the
Anza Expedition and the Bernal family. The evening’s focus is family
fun through song, dance, demonstrations, and activities that highlight
the many contributions of our early communities. Location is Camino
Verde at Manila Drive. Food available for purchase. Questions? (408)
918-7770." Here are pictures
from the event.
Assemblymember Mark Stone:
you know that Santa Clara County Parks is celebrating turning 60 this
year? You are invited to join me and Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike
Wasserman in spending the day enjoying and celebrating a local
favorite, the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Join us for breakfast
and conversation, and then stay to attend fun-filled guided tours of
Casa Grande and the town of New Almaden. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10
to 1 p.m., Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Parking located at Casa
Grande Museum: 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120.
10 – 11 a.m. Breakfast with Assemblymember Stone
and Supervisor Wasserman at Casa Grande
11 a.m. – Noon Walking tour of the Town of New Almaden
Noon – 1 p.m. Tour of Casa Grande
event is FREE, but RSVPs are encouraged due to limited space. Please
let us know if you have any special needs. For more
and to RSVP, please call my office at (831) 425-1503 or email
Volunteer Recognition Banquet for Santa Clara County Park volunteers
was held on Saturday August 27, 2016 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Martial
Cottle Park. "Volunteers who have recorded at least 5 hours of service
in the last year will be invited to attend. Please submit any
outstanding hours either online or to email@example.com by June
30, 2016 to ensure we fully recognize you for your achievements! NOTE:
If you would like to check how many hours you have recorded, in order
to confirm your invitation, please contact the Volunteer
by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling at 408-918-4930."
our new Summer
It has articles about our park-community meeting, Family Fandango,
Bernal Family member Dorothy Wuss, Bernal Zorros, our spring wildflower
hikes, a memorial to former County Parks director Lisa Killough,
Measures Q and A, Old Fashioned Wash Days, cleanup of Santa Teresa
Spring, cream sac wildflowers, Ron Horii's appearance on the "Open
Road" TV show, and senior park ranger Phil Hearin.
submitted our application for a City of San Jose Community Action and
Pride (CAP) Grant for Cycle 30,
which runs from 9/1/16 to 8/31/17. We requested a grant of
to pay for our UNSCC membership, website, newsletter,
and event expenses, including Fandango and National Night Out in 2017.
We will be looking at organizing a National Night Out event, which will
be held on Aug. 1, 2017.
our August 4, 2016
County Parks Natural Resources Program Supervisor Barry Hill and Deputy
Director Don Rocha came to give us an update on cattle grazing
Santa Teresa Park. Here is Barry
Hill's presentation on it.
Friends of Santa Teresa Park went on a field trip to see Monterey State
Historic Park, Fisherman's Wharf, and historic sites in Salinas:
8/30/16, Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, and Ron Horii met with
County Parks Director Robb Courtney. To discuss the Santa Teresa County
Park Historic Site Plan and its implementation. Here
is the presentation we gave.
- Ron Horii taught an outdoor photography
class at the Bernal Ranch on Nov. 12, 2016 at 10 am. See the Events below.
Clara County Parks' "Wish you were here?" Ad Campaign in 2017
featured a billboard of Santa Teresa Park in downtown San Jose at 10th
St. and Hedding St. The picture of the Coyote Peak Trail was taken by
FOSTP secretary Ron Horii. 13 of his pictures were used for billboard
and busback ads for the County Parks.
- The Friends of Santa Teresa
Park held our first National
Night Out event
at the Bernal Ranch on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 5-7:30 pm. We
ice cream and popsicles. Visitors could see a fire engine and a
sheriff's patrol car. A park ranger, sheriff's deputies, and
firemen were there to answer questions.
projects and games were provided. City
Councilmember Sergio Jimenez came by, greeted people, and helped with a
raffle. Sponsored by: The Friends of Santa
Teresa Park, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation, United
Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County, and the City of San Jose’s
Action and Pride Grant Program. Here is more
information about the event. This is a flyer for the event.
Here are pictures from our
National Night Out.
Fandango was held this year on Saturday, August 5 from 5-8pm
at the Bernal
Ranch. It celebrated the history of early California and its ties to
Anza Expedition and the Bernal family. The evening’s focus was on
fun through song, dance, demonstrations and activities that highlighted
the many contributions of our early communities. Here
from that event.
have applied for the City of San Jose's Cycle 1 Beautify San Jose
Grant. It replaces, but is derived from, the city's old Community
Action and Price (CAP) Grant. The grant funds neighborhood
beautification projects, community events, and operating expenses for
neighborhood organizations. We requested funding for our UNSCC
membership (pays for meeting insurance), our website, our PO box, our
newsletter and other publications, and expenses for next year's
National Night Out and Fandango. We also submitted the final report for
our Cycle 30 CAP Grant.
Horii gave his annual outdoor
photography class at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice
Ranch (Manila Drive at Camino Verde) on 10/30/17. Here
is the flyer for the class. He also gave a lunchtime brownbag
slideshow presentation on outdoor and nature photography at the Open Space
Authority of Santa Clara Valley's headquarters at 33 Las
Colinas Lane, San Jose, on September 22, 2017.
a Nature Photography Workshop at the Japanese Friendship
Gardens in Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95112 on Saturday
October 21, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm. See here for more
Muriel Wright Center, which is above the Pueblo Day Use Center in Santa
Teresa Park, is being converted into a mental health care facility. It
was originally built in the 1960's and was used as a residential
juvenile correctional facility. It was closed because of declining
census, and juvenile offenders were transferred to the James Ranch in
Morgan Hill. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Parks' Volunteer Office
moved in, along with an office of the County Sheriffs assigned to
patrol the County Parks. It was also used as a training facility by the
Sheriffs Office. In early 2016, the Volunteers Office were told they
would have to move out to make room for the mental health program.
Originally, they were told they would have to move out by June 2016,
but the date was pushed out. Now they are looking at early next year.
This year, they temporarily moved into a much smaller office space
adjacent to the Sheriff's station. The plan is to move them into a new
facility at Vasona Lake County Park, near County Park headquarters. In
the meantime, their former space has been cleared out (see picture
below). The retrofitting project, expected to cost $5 million, has been
funded. Neighbors in the community below Santa Teresa are concerned
about the impact of this project on their neighborhood. The Friends of
Santa Teresa Park are also concerned about the impact to the park and
park users. On 9/14/17, Mike Boulland, Ron Horii, and neighborhood
resident Issa Ajlouny met with Supervisor Mike Wasserman and his Chief
of Staff John Gibbs, who is also a County Parks Commissioner. They
discussed this issues, and John Gibbs created a Q and A
information document. Here
is the latest version of the Q&A document. We have
been discussing this issue in our meetings. We may have a larger
community meeting in the future or will participate in meetings
organized by other groups.
8/13/17, a group of about 50 volunteers assembled at the Pueblo Day Use
Area for a Martin Luther King Day of Service in Santa Teresa Park.
Trail crew members gave instructions and led them down the Hidden
Springs Trail to the Ohlone Trail. The volunteers worked on the Ohlone
Trail, widening and smoothing it. Here's an album
of pictures from that day.
volunteer Rick Leonard passed away in November of 2017. He
volunteered at many events at Santa Teresa Park, especially the movie
night. Here are pictures
of Rick at Santa Teresa Park and some pictures from his memorial at his
Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park