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New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association

Welcome to the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association (NAQCPA) website. Our purpose is to promote the educational and interpretive activities of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department, particularly in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. This page is an archive of past news. (See here for 2015 news, 2016 news.)

  2018 News:

Wood Road Trail
The County Parks' newest  #PixInParks Challenge includes a route in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. It starts at the Wood Road Trail (picture above) and makes a loop around Mine Hill on the Castillero and Mine Hill Trails, before returning on the Wood Road Trail. Points of interest along the way include the Mine Hill Rotary Furnace, English Camp, the San Cristobal Mine, and Bull Run. It follows the same route as this Healthy Trails hike in 2009.

CNPS Plant Hike at English Camp
There was a CNPS/Open Space Authority plant hike at Almaden Quicksilver on 1/14/18. Docents and plant experts led a hike up the English Camp Trail to English Camp, then went down the Deep Gulch Trail. Here are pictures from the hike.

Castillero Trail after Calcine Roads Project, 1/21/18
The Calcine Paved Roads Remediation Project has been completed. This is the Castillero Trail. Calcines, which are waste rock from mercury smelting, were removed from the trails (see 8/7/17 picture above), and the trails were resurfaced with gravel. Above is the Castillero Trail just east of the Hacienda Cemetery Trail junction. The trail branching off to the left is an old mine road leading to the Upper Velasco Cut. It's been resurfaced and may become a trail someday. (Picture taken 1/21/18.)

San Cristobal Mine Closure
Taken on 1/21/18: The San Cristobal Mine, which had a fence at the opening due to a landslide-caused roof collapse deep in the tunnel (see picture from 8/7/17 above), is now open partway. Boards block access to the area beyond, which has the collapsed roof.

Living History Day, 2/11/18
Living History Day was held at the Casa Grande on 2/11/18. There were Valentine's Day crafts for kids.

Samaritan home page
Julie Lee, manager of the County Parks' Volunteer Program sent out a letter announcing the new County-wide Samaritan volunteer management system. She also sent out a "how to" guide with a FAQs section. Volunteers will be using the system to enter their hours and can search for volunteer opportunities. There will be training sessions announced. Here is the link to Samaritan.

Bridge to Rancho San Vicente
Almaden Quicksilver County Park has a new neighbor: the 966-acre Rancho San Vicente addtion to Calero County Park, which opened on 3/24/18. (See Rancho San Vicente Opening Day, 3/24/18.) The main entrance and parking lot is on McKean Road opposite Fortini Road, which leads to the Stile Ranch/Fortini entrance of Santa Teresa County Park. There is a neighborhood entrance on Almaden Road, on the other side of the street from 20491. There is no parking lot there, only limited street parking. It is a long way from the entrances to Almaden Quicksilver trailheads at the moment. It is approximately halfway between the Mockingbird Hill Lane and Hacienda entrances at Almaden Quicksilver, though there is talk of someday opening another entrance near the bridge on north Bertram Road. At the Almaden Road entrance, there is this bridge above, which leads across Alamitos Creek to the new Almaden Trail in Rancho San Vicente. Here are pictures of this entrance and trail: Rancho San Vicente Almaden Road Entrance, 3/25/18.

Wildflower Tour webpage
The County Parks has a new interactive webpage showing the best trails for viewing wildflowers in the parks. Three of the featured trails are in Almaden Quicksilver: the Senador Mine Trail, the Castillero Trail, and the New Almaden Trail. Two of the featured trails are in Santa Teresa Park: the Rocky Ridge Trail and the Stile Ranch Trail. Another is nearby in Calero (Rancho San Vicente). You can also download a printed wildflower guide.

Volunteer Recognition Awardees
Here 3 NAQCPA and FOSTP (Friends of Santa Teresa Park) members are receiving lifetime volunteer service awards (left to right): 13,500 hours for NAQCPA President and FOSTP Vice President Kitty Monahan, 28,500 hours for Grant Park docent Ron Bricmont, 11,000 hours for NAQCPA Webmaster and FOSTP Secretary Ron Horii, and 8,000 hours for NAQCPA Board Member and FOSTP President Mike Boulland. Volunteer Program Manager Julie Lee is on the right. Here are pictures from the Volunteer Recognition Event at Hellyer County Park.

Living History Day 5/6/18
Living History Day was held at the Casa Grande on 5/6/18. Helping out were (clockwise from the top) Docent Doug, Park Interpreters Natasha, Chris, & Kelsi. See here for more pictures from this event.

Play Like a Miner, June 24, 2017
Play Like a Miner will be held at the Casa Grande on July 21, 2018 from 11 am to 3 pm. Join in for a fun day of learning what it was like to be a miner long ago. There will be games, demonstrations and crafts as well as an opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold and precious gems.A fun event for the whole family. Here are pictures from last year's Play Like a Miner.

The Parks For Life Challenge is a FREE game that is hosted by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department to help you and your friends and family get outside and engage in healthy activities in our lovely 48,000 acre park system. Teams of 2 to 3 players sign up, and then choose to participate in outdoor adventures in any one of our 28 regional parks. Document your adventures by posting photos or videos on your social media sites to compete for awesome prizes. For more details and to sign up, see here.

Play Like a Miner, Mine Tunnel, 7/21/18
Play LIke a Miner was held at the Casa Grande on July 21, 2018. New this year was this simulated mine tunnel, which wrapped around the Blacksmith Shop. Visitors wore miners' helmets with lights to explore the tunnel, guided by volunteers. In the tunnel were mining pictures and artifacts. See here for pictures of the event, volunteers and staff, and geology exhibit.

Mike Cox giving Almaden Mines talk
On August 15, 2018, geologist, historian, and NAQCPA co-founder Michael Cox gave a talk about the New Almaden Mines at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 1700 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA.

County Park Video, Casa Grande
There's a new 6-minute video, narrated by Doug McConnell, highlighting Santa Clara County Park's legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations. Features include nature, historical sites, outdoor recreation, and the people behind parks. It features many of the County Parks, including Santa Teresa, Hellyer, Calero, Martial Cottle, and Almaden Quicksilver.

Docent training
On September 6-7, 2018, there were visitor services training classes at the Casa Grande for County Parks hosts and docents. The first session, which was required for both hosts and docents, covered "informal interpretation including an overview of the parks system and mission, expectations, customer service, personal and visitor safety, etc." The second and third sessions, which were only required for docents, covered "interpretive themes and goals, methods and practice, group management skills, and creating and supporting audience centered experiences." More classes will be offered in the future for those who missed these. There are many volunteer opportunities for visitor center hosts and school program docents.

New Almaden Parade, 9/8/18
On 9/8/18, the annual New Almaden Day Jump-In Parade was held, but with some changes. The bridge over Los Alamitos Creek at the north end of town was closed for construction, though construction hasn't begun yet. The parade could not go down Bertram Road as usual, starting at the New Almaden Community Center. Instead, it started at Almaden Quicksilver's Hacienda staging area, went down Almaden Road, turned around at the Casa Grande, and came back on Almaden Road. Here are pictures of the parade preparations, the parade going north on Almaden Road, the parade returning south on Almaden Road, and the carnival after the parade at the Community Center.

Pioneer Day 2018
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Pioneer Day was held at the Hacienda Outdoor Mining Museum. We celebrated the work to replace the interpretive signs at the Outdoor Museum. Here, Rich Robertson (left) and Bruce Bartlett (center) talk about the effort. Art Bouldreault (right) was the emcee at the event. Here are pictures from Pioneer Day. Here are black and white collages from Pioneer Day, made for the newsletter: Page  1, Page 2.

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