Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Greg Koopman (remote from Delaware), Joan Murphy, Steve Crockett, Ron
was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. Mike sent out a meeting link for this Zoom meeting. Here's the agenda for today's meeting.
- If we talk about our work days in our FOSTP meetings, that part of the meeting counts towards our volunteer hours.
proposes we have an informal picnic and hike at the Bernal Ranch on
Saturday June 25th to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ranch's
opening, which was dedicated on June 29, 2002. This would not be a
public hike, so we wouldn't need a permit or insurance.
- Steve agreed to take Kitty's place as Vice President. Kitty has been having health issues.
Parks Dept. is planning a La Fuente celebration on 7/30. We're invited
to participate. We'll do that instead of National Night Out, which
would have been only 3 days later on 8/2. That will be the next
opportunity to distribute our latest newsletter. We need to have a
newsletter ready by 7/23 so we can print up enough copies to distribute
- On 5/4/22, Mike, Greg, and Ron had a Zoom meeting with
Julie Lee about the FOSTP work plan. Our work days are usually right
after our FOSTP meeting and sometimes the week before. Maintenance
needs more time to be informed about our plans. We should consider
moving our work day later in the month. Julie said that in order for us
to use power tools like weed whackers, we need to be trained by
Maintenance, and we need to measure the temperature and humidity before
cutting weeds to prevent fires. We are not allowed to use chainsaws.
She also said that short-term volunteers need to show proof of
vaccination to park staff (not volunteers), so there needs to be a
staff member there to verify it. Long-term volunteers submit proof of
- Ron showed pictures: Rob's nature
journalling event at the Bernal Ranch to Santa Teresa Spring, Katrina's
twilight hike to the Bear Tree Lot, Jason Bombardier's Earth Day
cleanup event at the Bernal Ranch, flowers on Bernal Hill, the new
memorial bench at the junction of the Joice and Vista Loop trails, and
the Volunteer Recognition picnic at Hellyer.
At that event, Woody received a Presidential Lifetime Service Award for
his work on trail. Ron received a service award for 14,000 lifetime
hours. Kitty talked about the history of the volunteer program.
- Michele Dexter invited FOSTP to have an information table at a future event at Almaden Lake.
has the new time capsule and knows a spot to bury it. He wants to
solicit inputs from schools. We could do that at La Fuente. However,
that's in summer, when schools are closed.
- NAQCPA is working on holding Pioneer Day at the Casa Grande on 10/8/22.
- On 5/21/22 at 5 pm, the Santa Clara County Preservation Alliance will host a Preservation Awards Night
at History San Jose Park. Kitty Monahan and Bruce Bartlett will be
honored. FOSTP has been invited to have a table. We can pass out last
year's newsletters. It would be better to pass out a trifold or a
1-page flyer, if we had one.
- The County recently bought the
property along Fortini Road between the Stile Ranch entrance of Santa
Teresa Park and the Rancho San Vicente entrance to Calero. There will
probably be meetings in the future to discuss building a trail through
the property to join the two parks. We should get involved with that
- November 2 is Day of the Dead. There could be an opportunity to do an event then.
report: We have $2049.60 in the bank. Outstanding expenses: $24.24 to
Ron Horii, $200 to UNSCC, $99.80 to Zoom, $325.04 total, net $1724.56.
We'll have to spend $40 for state tax fees.
we have a pre-Mother's Day hike in May. It's been cancelled the last 2
years because of COVID. We proposed a May hike on May 14 on the Stile
Ranch/Mine/Fortini Trail loop. Ron submitted the application on April
12. It has to be approved by the Interpretive Dept., but it still
hasn't been approved. They usually need more than a month to plan for
events like this. There's not enough time to plan and publicize it, so
we won't have it. People can come and hike it on their own.
said the city is investigating the entrance to the new trail across
from Bernal School. The city will be surveying it in the morning from
7-9 am when school is in session. They will see how the kids are using
the trail and how they are crossing the street. There's no crosswalk at
the trail entrance, and the ramp is at 90 degrees from it, requiring a
sharp turn for bikes.