Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting Summary for 12/2/04
Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Note: this was not a regular meeting. This was a dinner at Mike
house. We did not have formal meeting, but we did talk about park
These are some notes of what we discussed.
Attendees: Mike and Dorene Boulland, Ronald Horii, Holly Davis, Sam
Ron showed slideshows of the workday at the Bernal Ranch on 11/13, the
preview party for Fantasy of Lights at Vasona, and Pioneer Day at
We talked about opening the Ohlone Trail to bikes. Paul Vincze has been
lobbying for it. The Ohlone Trail is one of the flattest trails in the
park and most easily accessible from the neighborhoods below. The trail
varies in width. The section from the archery range to the service road
is fairly wide and well-maintained and could accommodate bikes. Part of
the trail route runs along a service road that starts behind the golf
driving range. The section between the service road and Bernal Road is
narrow and needs work. The section from Bernal Road to the Hidden
Trail is very narrow and tends to get over-grown.
We had a work day at the Bernal Ranch on 11/13. Mike, Ron, and Sam
and his wife were there, along with some school kids and parents. The
planted ceanothus bushes along the retaining wall on Manila Drive, dug
out behind the water bars on the Joice Trail, varnished benches in the
barn, pulled weeds by the ranch house, and swept the walk in front of
house. Afterwards, John Dorrance gave an interpretive presentation to
On the same day, park maintenance fixed the outlet of the pond at Santa
Teresa Spring. They drained the pond and put a wooden dam in front of
outlet to work on it. Then, they filled it with rocks. The water level
has been gradually rising.
Ron said he was at the Bernal Ranch and saw a sheriff's car and
car there. Some people had been riding mini-motorcycles up on the
Hill Trails. They were cited after returning to retrieve a cell phone.
We talked about geocaching. Ron has been working on a Web
page on geocaching in the park. We talked about geocaching in
Sam Drake is a geocaching enthusiast. Mike wants to have an organized
treasure hunt next year.
Sam took some pictures of the Stile Ranch Trail. There are some places
on the west side hill that are heavily eroded. He talked to Greg
about it. Greg is having a trail day in January to work on the Stile
We talked about how rocky the trail is. Kitty said it took a
to build it. The last time we had a trail day, the tools we had that
made for dirt, like rakes and hoes, were not effective. The picks were
the most useful. Ron mentioned that the trail on the east-facing slopes
tend to get muddy and eroded in the winter.
Stile Ranch Trail Day: 1/8 and 1/9 9 am - 1 pm, meet at the Stile Ranch
trailhead on San Vicente Road.
Next year, the big event for us will be the dedication of the new trail
around the Buck Norred Ranch. Hopefully, it will be done by spring.
we need to get involved with the planning for the Pyzak Ranch.
Volunteer Hours (these hours were E-mailed in).
Ronald Horii: 36 hours
Mike Boulland: 10
Mario Blaum: 8
Holly Davis: 10
Hazen Anderson: 47
Kitty Monahan: 10
Sam Drake: 6
Next meeting will be on 1/6/04 at the usual time and place.
updated 2/1/05 by
Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park