Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Paul
Vincze, Mario Blaum
- Jenel talked about Coyote Crest 4H. They are having a
potluck in January, a talent show in March, and dance for all ages in
- At Founders Day Fandango, 4H gave out seeds for heirloom
flowers and winter vegetables like turnips, carrots, and radishes.
- Some kids were spotted tagging the canal. They were caught
and their car was impounded. A brave young witness (who shall remain
anonymous) pointed the suspects out to the police.
- Santa night will be held at the BGJ Ranch on December 16,
- The master plan is funded and on-schedule. Planning will
start in February. A commissioner will be appointed to work on it. They
will hire a consultant to help with the planning. We had some comments
about the master plan:
- What is the scope? What areas does it include? Does it
include the Norred Ranch?
- Ron said he'd like to see Curie widened to make it safer
for bicycles and pedestrians travelling east on Curie to San Ignacio.
- We'd like to have access to the historic areas, which are
- Paul said he'd like to see the "no parking" area along
Curie changed to limited-time parking.
- Mario said he'd like to see the parks buy more property,
such as the Lagatutta property in the center of the park
- He'd also like to see the park expand into the hills west
of the park towards Snell. Mike pointed out that there are 2 mercury
mines in this area, and the tailings would have to be dealt with.
- We'd like to see the Coyote-Alamitos Canal from the Mine
Trail to Bernal Road made into an official trail.
- Paul Bernal wants to see the ranch's adobe buildings
reconstructed at the Bear Tree Lot.
- We like to see an orchard by the springs and a community
center and community garden at the Bonetti Ranch.
- The Board of Supervisors told the Parks Commission to raise
revenues. Fees were raised. It will cost $375 to reserve the group
picnic shelter in the Pueblo area. Parking fees will be raised from $5
to $6. Half of the parking revenues go to the company servicing the
parking ticket maches. The other half goes to the county's general
fund. A small percentage of that goes to the parks.
- Paul said the Ohlone Trail is being used by bikes. It's
been worked on. It's been widened with the Sweco bulldozer.
- Mike said the draft for the 501c3 application is in the
final draft stage and is being reviewed. Once it is done, he can see
changes are required for our application.
- The trails look good. The trail crews have been doing a
good job. Drew Merry is in charge of trail maintenance. He has 3 crew
members. We should do something to recognize the trail crews. We should
also recognize Joe Schultz and the Boy Scouts that are on adopt-a-trail
for the park trails.
- The new trail was to be called the "Los Alamitos Trail,"
and there is a sign on the trailhead calling it that. It was discovered
that the trail is called the "West Norred Trail" in the master plan.
Since there is no "East Norred Trail," they decided to name the trail
the "Norred Trail." The trail will be closed until June 1. We should
have a dedication ceremony when the trail opens. We can invite forrest
- At the last meeting, we talked about naming the new trail
"The Santa Teresa Spring Trail." They decided to give that name to the
path that runs to the spring.
- Ron showed a video of the dancers and
musicians and pictures from Fandango Day. He also showed pictures
taken today at noon of the Norred Trail at the Mounted Ranger Unit. He
showed pictures of the start of the Norred Trail, just above the bottom
of the Mine Trail, across from the Coyote-Alamitos Canal. The new trail
runs on the lower part of the hill, above and parallel to the service
road in the Mounted Ranger Unit. The lower paddock, which was open and
cleared, had a path leading down to the trail and one leading to the
upper paddock There was a horse trough at the end of the lower paddock.
The upper paddock was also open and clear. Horses may be able to bypass
the paved part of the Mine Trail by going into the upper paddock, down
to the lower paddock to the Norred Trail, and then to the bottom of the
Mine Trail. Ron also showed pictures of the park entrance on Bernal
Road. There are piles of dirt and pipes indicating some construction is
- Ron showed the new webpages on Founders Day Fandango and Fantasy of Lights.
- We need to thank Jim McGrath for letting us use the banquet
facility and Tom Campbell, the night manager, for letting us in.
- Mike wants to see a park policy that defines and clarifies
how park vounteers should be treated and what is
expected and not expected of them. That's to avoid confusion.
January 4 meeting will be a potluck dinner at Mike's house.
- Volunteer Hours for November:
- Ronald Horii: 54
- Mike Boulland: 25
- Kitty Monahan: 3
- Paul Vincze: 20
- Jenel Vincze: 20
- Mario Blaum: 10
- Sam Drake: 15 (reported by e-mail)