Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 8/6/15


  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Martin Reinders, Sam Drake, Ed Jackson, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, and Ron Horii. Neighbors Kim Gardener and Monika Kress came for the first time to see what's going on in the neighborhood. Kim is learning how to write grants and may be able to help us with grants.
  • Fandango may not happen this year because the parks department is short on interpreters. They are trying to fill one position. They have applicants, but they haven't hired anyone yet.
  • Mike said he'd like to have a recognition event.
  • Treasurer's report (Greg): $520.75. Bills: $30 for the PO box, $200 for the UNSCC membership (Mike renewed the membership), $20 for the newsletter.
  • Ron showed pictures: Johnson House at the Norred Ranch decaying, fire at Rancho San Vicente, Carnivorous Plant Night at the Bernal Ranch, poster of deer at the Bernal Ranch, benches refinished at the ranch by Boy Scouts, flowers and vegetables in the garden, conditions on the Norred Trail (looks good), view of the Coyote-Alamitos Canal (no graffiti), concrete blocks being built and new camp host at the Norred Ranch, conditions on the Mine Trail (looks good), grass cut at the the Bonetti/Pyzak/Bear Tree, the Pyzak Ranch house and where Curie will be widened in 2017, repaired rail at Santa Teresa Spring, cut and vines that need to be cleared around the spring, a fallen tree at the spring pond, cleared field by the spring, amaryllis around the ranch house, the archery range, graffiti on the Ohlone Trail sign, damaged mapbox at the Pueblo Area, cattle fencing and gates on the Rocky Ridge and Coyote Peak Trails, our sign on Coyote Peak, views and potential sites for new signs on Coyote Peak, grass clearing and bike demos at the Pueblo Area.
  • Parks Commission Meeting (Kitty): Sara Shallenbarger gave a presentation on volunteer events. Sara is in charge of the volunteer programs until Gloria Gill returns at the end of August. The park projects team gave a report on the restrooms, including waterless urinals and water-saving sinks at the campgrounds.
  • Mike wants to print out more newsletters to pass out at libraries and other locations. We can see if they can be passed out at the Bernal Ranch.
  • There will be a $50 charge for school interpretive programs. Title 1 schools will be charged $25. This applies to programs at the Casa Grande. It also applies for school visits by interpretive staff. It's not certain if it applies to the Bernal Ranch or Martial Cottle.
  • We want to take a van tour of Santa Teresa Park. It needs to be scheduled depending on van availability. Kitty will check the park schedule for possible dates. It will start at the Bernal Ranch and go up the Joice Trail. It will be a prototype for future van tours, like the ones at Almaden Quicksilver.
  • Greg Koopman will talk to Greg Bringelson about trail work.
  • Greg said his company has packets of towels for removing graffiti from signs.
  • Mike and Ron submitted the application for the CAP (Community Action and Pride) Grant, cycle 29 on 7/31. We requested $200 for UNSCC membership, $200 for website fees, $50 for community service award certificates, $200 for newsletter publication costs, $90 for our post office box.
  • We need to submit the final report for CAP Cycle 28 by Sept. 30.
  • 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.
  • We need to have a recognition event. It can either be combined with a van tour or a cleanup day.
  • We need to have a cleanup day at Santa Teresa Spring, clearing away the dirt and vines from in front of the spring's font and shrine. Tentative date: 9/26.
  • Upcoming County Parks events are on the website up to the end of October.
  • Sept. 17: Oak Grove School District cross country race at the Pueblo Area, Santa Teresa,
  • Sept. 19: Ash Kalra's District 2 Village Fest, Coronado Ave @Village Oaks Shopping Center, 11am-3pm. Sam will have a booth for the Umunhum Conservancy. 501c3 organizations get to have a free booth, otherwise there's a charge. Since we have other events to go to that day, we don't have anyone to man our booth, so we won't have one.
  • Sept. 19: Chitactac Family Day, Chitactac-Adams County Park, 10am-2pm.
  • Sept. 19: Coyote Valley Harvest Feast, 11am-3pm, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve.
  • Sept. 27: A Taste of Archery, Santa Teresa Archery Range, 8:30am-10:30am
  • Oct. 17: Geocaching class, Wood Road Trail, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-12pm
  • Oct. 17: Volunteer Recognition Barbecue, 12:00-2:00 pm, Pueblo Group Area, Santa Teresa. Volunteers with at least 5 hours of volunteer time will be invited. Submit outstanding hours online or to before Aug. 31.
  • Oct. 17: Outer Limits Night, Bernal Ranch, 7:30-10:30 pm. Bay Area astronomers will bring telescopes for stargazing. Episodes of the TV series "The Outer Limits" will be shown.
  • Nov. 14: Ron Horii's Introduction to Outdoor Photography class, Bernal Ranch, 10am-1pm.
  • There will be a big cleanup day at multiple parks in April.
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   Created 8/6/15  by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park