- Because of construction at the clubhouse facility, we met at the Flames
restaurant. Mike paid for the dessert and drinks. Thanks, Mike.
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Holly Davis,
Rick Leonard, Dorothy Wuss, Donna Steiner, Ken Silveira, John Patterson
- Mike suggested that FOSTP join the Silicon Valley Parks Foundation.
He suggested we pay for a $50 membership in the name of FOSTP. We decided
to postpone this issue to a future meeting.
- Mike suggested that FOSTP adopt a street, particularly Manila Drive,
as part of the City of San Jose's Adopt-a-Street program. This would require
cleaning up the street for a period of several months, after which the city
would put up a sign on the street acknowledging its adoption. Mike says the
Earth Core cleans up at Joice-Bernal. We suggested that Earth Core should
adopt the street.
- Ranger report (Ken Silveira)
- The senior park ranger at Santa Teresa is Jeff Sewell. New park rangers
are Flint Glines, who worked for Parkway Lakes, and Phil Heron, who was a
Mid-Pen. OSP ranger. Fernando Alias is the other ranger. They are based at
- The vehicle gate to the archery range is being opened daily. It was
never opened before. There was some concerns voiced about vehicle access
to the canal and other sensitive areas.
- Mounted Unit:
- The Mounted Unit facility at Buck Norred's should be done by the 6/29
dedication at Joice-Bernal. We talked about whether we should make this part
of the Joice-Bernal dedication.
- Julie Gaffney will be the senior ranger at the Mounted Unit. She will
be there in a few weeks.
- They are interviewing from among the ranger ranks to fill a vacancy
in the Mounted Unit. They are also looking for a permanent site host. The
host needs to provide his/her own trailer.
- The big graded field in the back of the Norred facility will be used
for training. The rangers need to learn how to inter-mix with people. They
will patrol all over the county.
- There are 6 stables.
- Parks Maintenance Report (John Patterson):
- Trail grading at Calero will begin on May 7. They started at Ed Levin
on Tuesday. It may take a long time to prpoerly grade the trail because the
ranch roads tended to go over the top of the hills instead of along the contours.
- At Almaden Quicksilver, they are cutting back weeds on the New Almaden
Trail and working on the Mine Trail and April Trail.
- At Santa Teresa, Heny will work on the corral at the Pueblo Day Use
Area. The Boy Scouts will be meeting there soon.
- They are looking at replacing the wooden fencing around the corral
with concrete fencing. Mike pointed out that cross-country racers start and
end at the corral. Changes to the corral should keep the needs of the racers
- Holly mentioned that the asphalt road behind Buck Norred's, which
is the start of the Mine Trail, is steep and slippery for horses. It needs
to be made safer for horses or an alternate route up the Mine Trail needs
to be provided.
- Greg Bringelson is looking into new trails. A trail from Joice-Bernal
to Buck Norred's is being considered.
- Volunteers Dinner:
- The volunteers dinner was held on 4/18/02 at the clubhouse.
- Mike expressed thanks to the parks personnel for all the work they
did in holding the dinner.
- Mike: 100 hours (they must have lost his hours)
- Holly: 250 hours
- Ron: 500 hours
- Kitty: 3500 hours
- May 4: Mike will lead the Argonauts on a Bernal History Walk at 9:30
am to 2:00 pm, starting at Baldwin School.
- May 18: National River Day creek clean-up.
- June 29: Bernal/Joice/Gulnac Ranch dedication.
- Volunteer hours:
- Holly Davis: 15
- Ron Horii: 30
- Kitty Monahan: 3
- Mike Boulland: 20
- Dorothy Wuss: 3
- Donna Steiner: 9
- Rick Leonard: 3
- California Trail Days was held on
- Joice-Bernal Ranch Dedication (Mike)
- Note: the official name for the ranch house is the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice
- The dedication will be on June 29th from 11:00 to 1:00.
- Mike, Robin, and Kitty will meet with Tamara Shear on 5/6 to plan
the dedication. Tamara sent a prelimary plan.
- Ron will help with a multimedia presentation. He needs a computer
setup in the ranch house or barn.
- Ron will take pictures of the event
- Mike will give history talks.
- There will be horse-drawn carriage rides and a petting zoo.
- We'll be giving away bottled water with Santa Teresa Springs labels
on them. Mike has the labels.
- Kitty will arrange for getting visors with the FOSTP logo on them.
- Mike and Donna will pass out notices of the dedication to the community.
- Kitty has arranged for 15 hay bales to be donated. She'll handle picking
them up and delivering them. They will be used for seats for the dedication.
Kitty will also handle getting chairs.
- The Bernal School band will provide entertainment.
- Baldwin School kids will give out lemonade and water.
- Paul Romero estimated about 300 people would come to the dedication.
Everybody on the FOSTP mailing list will be invited, the Earth Core kids,
and the neighbors.
- Paul want to have a barbecue on Manila Drive. This will require closing
the street, which needs permission from the neighbors.
- Boy Scouts will come in uniform and will talk about their projects
at the ranch, like the chicken coop.
- Dorothy will man a table for FOSTP. We'll need informational handouts.
We can pass out copies of the park's official brochure. Ron will help prepare
a brochure for FOSTP.
- Ron will update the Website with an announcement on the dedication.
- We should put a notice on southsanjose.com
about the dedication. They have an events section that would be appropriate
- There will be a blacksmith coming, Chuck Ferrier.
- Holly will bring 2 horses.
- We can put an FOSTP poster on the park sign in the Pueblo area. We
need to ask John or Robin.
- Account balance: $1157.53
- Ron Horii showed a slide show of the Volunteers Dinner and the California
Trail Days work day on the Nature Trail. He passed out CD's with copies of
the slide shows, along with the slide show of the park he showed at the Volunteers
Dinner. (Contact Ron if you want
- Ron also put together a Web
page on the park's spring wildflowers.
- Next meeting: June 6.
Secretary, Friends of Santa Teresa Park
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