Most recently completed:
- Refinished the picnic tables next to the visitor center
- Trimmed 5 truckloads of dead branches from the ~90 year old apple tree next to the visitor center.
- Funded new 8′ tall fences to partially block the view of the dumpsters and porta-potty from the visitor center. Volunteers were led by Ralph Miljanich (Volunteer of the Year 2022), and included Tim Jolly, Lee Summers, Jeff Ustick, Richard James, and Jim Bahn. We purchased and planted climbing vines to complete the project.
- Collaborated with county parks maintenance and the trail crew to add 22 new trail signs, to make it easier for new visitors to find their way on our 4.5 miles of trails.
- Collaborated with county parks maintenance to plant 9 apple trees and supporting infrastructure, in the orchard just north of the visitor center.
- An impressive Garden Design Plan was donated. Friends purchased the plantings and materials, and participated in implementing the new plantings, borders, ground cover, etc. Recently added more plants, including deer-proof pots around the walkway.
- Purchased split rail fencing material for the trail crew for use on the Discovery trail.
- Worked with Granite Rock to install large rock barriers on Quail Hollow road trailhead to discourage off-road vehicles from entering park trails. Currently working with Park Department to get new signage preventing motorized vehicles on trails
- Sponsored Americorps teams to remove extensive old barbed wire from trails and construct new wooden fence along Quail Hollow Road perimeter and at the far southern end of the Discovery trail.
- Provided and hand tools and meals for Americorps teams working on annual park maintenance and cleanup projects.
- Paid for the installation of safety hand railings at entrance to the Visitor Center.
- Purchased and installed new brochure rack in visitor center.
- Paid for building wooden notice box installed at park entrance.
- Installed a collection box in Visitor Center to encourage donations to the park.
- Sponsored building of 2 new taxidermy boxes for animal specimens in the Visitor Center.
- Manned table for Quail Hollow at Earth Days in Santa Cruz.
Planned and On-going Projects include:
- Planning to upgrade the pavers next to the picnic area
- Contribute refreshments to volunteer projects
- Adding plants / shrubberies near the Visitor Center to improve the natural beauty of the area.
- Funding for a barn owl taxidermy, expected to be placed in the Visitor Center in 2022.
- Volunteer at the Redwood Mountain Fair to raise money for Quail Hollow.
- Help maintain the health of the plants and orchard around the Visitor Center
- Provide funding to upgrade the look and feel and content of the educational exhibits in the Visitor Center.
- Supply refreshments and help organize annual volunteer appreciation meetings.
- Help coordinate and publicize annual Granite Rock Quail Hollow Fundraiser.
- Advocate for Quail Hollow Park at County budgeting sessions.
- We’ll help sponsor learning events around maintaining the new apple trees (pruning, grafting, etc).
Watch this space for news and updates!