Santa Teresa Park Slide Show


Here are some pictures of Santa Teresa Park taken at various times from May through July 2001. These pictures show some of the progress and the problems in the park. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger picture.

This is the Joice Bernal ranch house (5/14/01). The ranch house has been restored. The fence around it has been painted by volunteers. The restroom is a new addition. It is open.

This is a side view of the ranch house showing the new fence (6/4/01).

This is the caretaker's house at the Joice Bernal Rancho. It has been restored with a a new fence put around it and new walkway leading up to it. A sign indicates it is a park residence. A park employee will be living here to watch the premises. (6/4/01)

This is the front old barn at the ranch. It has not been restored, but it has been stabilized. Weeds and vines that were surrounding it have been cleared. (5/14/01)

This is the rear of the old barn, showing the new fence around it and the cleared area close to it. (7/10/01)

This is the pond at Santa Teresa Springs (7/10/01). At the time there was a shopping cart in the pond. It has since been removed.

This is the area near Santa Teresa Springs itself. The grate covers the cistern for the water from the springs before it flows into the pond. The hillside above the cistern was once overgrown with blackberry vines. It has been cut back, as shown here. (7/10/01)

This is the guard rail around the springs. Someone has been removing the screws holding some of the vertical bars to the rail. (6/28/01)

This is the outlet of the pond at Santa Teresa Springs. Erosion has worn a deep groove, which has also lowered the level of the pond. Kids have been observed digging this groove deeper. (6/4/01)

A friendly duck has taken residence in the pond. People have been feeding the duck. If you come to the rail near the pond outlet, it may come up to you. Unfortunately, some kids have been seen harrassing the duck, throwing rocks at it. Keep in mind that this is county park property, and all wildlife in the county parks are protected.

This is the rear of the ranch house at the Buck Norred Ranch site. The house is off-limits. The windows and doors in the rear are covered with boards, but vandals keep breaking in. The house is covered with grafitti. (7/10/01)

This small cottage is next to the ranch house. It is also covered with grafitti. (7/10/01)

This is the back of another small cottage by the ranch house. It has also been tagged. (7/10/01)

On the upper side of the Norred Ranch site is a large covered pavilion area that was once used for horse shows. (7/10/01).

Higher up is an old barn. (7/10/01).

In the heart of Santa Teresa Park at the Pueblo area is an old horse corral. It is mostly intact, but the fence needs repair. (5/14/01)

Here is a view down the corral looking towards the restrooms. (5/14/01)

At the junction of the Mine Trail and Big Oak Flat Trail is a muddy spot where a creek goes under the trail. Here, the corrugated sheet metal drainage pipe has a hole in it, creating a tripping hazard for people and horses. (5/14/01)

This is a closeup of the cracked pipe (5/14/01). 

Here is the Coyote Peak Trail just above the end of the Hidden Springs Trail on its ascent up Coyote Peak. Erosion has worn a deep groove in the trail. This poses a hazard to mountain bikers who often come down the steep hill at high speed. (5/11/01).

At the top of Coyote Peak is an observation area with benches and a fence. The top part of this fence has been removed. (6/4/01)

The top cross beams of the fence have been thrown down the hill. There is a steep illegal trail leading down from the hill which is frequently used by mountain bikers. The fence may have been removed to allow easier access to this illegal trail. (6/4/01)

This is the same view looking west, showing the damaged fence. There is a bench nearby. There is also a pole for a trash can, which is no longer there. (6/4/01)

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Created 7/18/2001 by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park