Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 5/1/14


  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Sam Drake, Ed Jackson, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Woody Collins, and Ron Horii.
  • Last month's minutes were approved.
  • Treasurer's report: we have $819.55 in the bank. There's no change.
  • Construction going on near the Muriel Wright Center is for a cattle corral, part of the Santa Teresa grazing plan.
  • We talked about the newsletter. We need to publish a newsletter. We have CAP Grant funding available. We need to spend it before the grant end date at the end of August. Subjects: Mike: Historic Site plans, Coyote Peak celebration plans, new rangers. Kitty: Adopt-a-Trail. Mike & Kitty: Muriel Wright Center and volunteer program. Kitty will be meeting at Muriel Wright tomorrow and will get more information for the newsletter. Roxanne & Greg: Cross-country. Sam: Bay Area Ridge Trail and Mt. Umunhum. Ron: Fandango & Wildflowers.  Other topics: CAP Grant, park events, grazing plan. Due date: 5/15 to get articles to Ron so he can put together a newsletter in time for Festival in the Park at Hellyer on June 7.
  • We need to let Julie Lee know about the newsletter so we can pass it out at Festival in the Park at the park information booth. NAQCPA's newsletter will be passed out there.
  • Robin Schaut and Heidi McFarland are organizing Festival in the Park.
  • The Stile Ranch Trail needs rocks on the east-facing slopes which tend to get muddy. The problem is that there's no way to bring in rocks by truck because IBM eliminated the gate allowing access to the middle of the trail. We need to talk to the rangers about the project.
  • Cross-Country (Roxanne): they need to schedule upcoming cross-country meets in Santa Teresa with Supervising Ranger Aniko Millan and other cross-country coaches.
  • Julie Lee said that Fandango has been canceled for this year.
  • <>We talked about the Coyote Peak sign project. Julie Lee and Robin Schaut support having the sign dedication event. We can do it at the peak. We'll need park vans. Can we get free parking for guests? Park funding is available. Mike will take Coyote Peak pictures to Robin next week. The sign dedication event will be on October 25, 10 am. Mike will send out a draft of the sign. Sam can MC the presentation. Who should we invite? Who should we ask to speak, like Paul Bernal or Robb Courtney.  Food: ask for donations of cookies & lemonade. We can ask for donations, e.g. sweet rolls from Sweet Tomatoes  Try to get sponsors. We can pass out our newsletter and other literature. The sign will cost $300-$400. They have the stands already. Maintenance will put it in. Parks will pay for the CEQA permits. Ed will help with setup and cleanup. Most of the activities will be down in the Pueblo Area. The dedication ceremony will be up on the peak, for the unveiling of the sign.
  • The Oak Grove School District's SLUG Run at Sakamoto School is coming up on Saturday May 10 at 8 am. Greg is responsible for the course. Volunteers are needed to point out directions. Volunteers need to be there by 7:30 am. Next year, they hope to hold the race at Martial Cottle Park.
  • Sam said that Basim Jaber is giving a talk on Tuesday May 6 at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino from 6:30 to 9:30.
  • Greg asked if the trail entry behind the driving range could be signed? We speculated the golf course might object if it becomes too popular.
  • Ron is teaching a photography class and leading a hike on the Mummy Mountain Trail on May 3 at 10:00, starting at the Mendoza Ranch in Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear County Park.
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