Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Sam Drake, Woody Collins, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Ron
Horii, Eric McKinley, Jorge & Debbie Porras, Ranger Justin Everts
lives on Manila Drive. He wants to see the plans completed for the
Santa Teresa Park Historic Area. He's seeing less illegal activity at
Santa Teresa Spring in the winter. A neighbor's car was broken into.
There have been 2 break-ins on the street. There have been less people
playing Pokemon Go at the spring.
- Justin Everts gave the ranger report.
are on duty until 2 hours after sunset, which is 6:30 to 7:00 now.
After that, calls go to dispatch. They call the sheriffs, who
come from all over San Jose.
- Justin has been a ranger for
2 years. He's been at Hellyer for 1 year. Frank Weiland will be the
senior ranger at Hellyer, starting on Feb. 6. In the meantime, Justin
will be the acting senior ranger for 2 weeks. Ryan Lugo will be the
acting senior ranger for the following 2 weeks, after which he'll go
back to Ed Levin. They will have 2 seasonal workers to help out: Daniel
Sanchez and Josh Werner. They need to have 5 rangers at Hellyer to be
fully staffed. They are short 2. Brian Liu is the other full-time
ranger. There are more in the academy.
- Justin said that on
2/12, there will be a meeting with park construction manager Mark
Frederick. They will talk about the widening of Curie Drive at the
Pyzak/Bonetti Ranch site. It's not clear whether they are going to
widen the road or build a trail next to the road.
- On 1/14/17, starting at 9:00 am, there will be an MLK Day Trail Work
Day in the park. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot by the Pueblo
Area corral. They will work on the Rocky Ridge Trail. They may work on
the Mine Trail.
- There is a program called Tiny Treks for kindergarten kids from 1/17-21 at the Bernal Ranch.
3/25, the Almaden Half Marathon race will be held. They will start at
Lake Almaden and take the Los Alamitos Creek Trail, the Calero Creek
Trail, the Stile Ranch Trail, the Mine Trail to the Pueblo Area corral
- Treasurer's report: We had $757.50 in the bank at the end of the year.
Reimbursement checks: Ron for CD's, meeting, newsletter, and
publication expenses for CAP Grant Cycle 29 and 30: $11.99 and $178.93;
Mike Boulland for meeting, newsletter, and publication expenses:
$178.93, $76.43, and $75.00. We will have $415 in the bank at the end
of the month. Mike charged $100 for insurance for the guided tours he leads and paid it back.
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
- 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.
- In case the project is held up
by approvals or the lack of funding, Andrew needs alternative Eagle
Scout projects. Some ideas: repairing the fence that got knocked down
by the treefall by the spring, replacing the signs along the Nature
- Fundraising ideas for the trail project and for our
organization in general: silent auctions, fun runs, guided hikes in the
Pueblo Area. Roxanne will look into it.
- National Night Out is
in August. We need to plan for it later this year. Mike has the forms.
We need a committee to work on it. It will probably be at the Bernal
- Santa Teresa Spring will need to be cleaned up again and the vines cut back. We'll look at doing that after April.
- We'll have a field trip to Martinez to see the John Muir National Historic Site and Berryessa Adobe. We'll due that after June.
showed pictures from November and December: the REI/Bay Area
Ridge Trail work day on the Stile Ranch Trail, Ron's photography class
at the Bernal Ranch, views from Coyote Peak and Christmas decorations
there, the Norred Trail and graffiti on the canal, Santa Claus at the
Bernal Ranch, the Ohlone Trail and pig damage, views of Mt. Umunhum,
and the Hidden Springs Trail.