March 2010 Newsletter

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Newsletter | March 2010
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Did You Know?

The basketball court at the Rec Center can be rented out by groups interested in playing games?

Greetings Friend of Noe Valley Rec Center, 

Spring has sprung at the Rec Center! The flowers are blooming and the park has been packed with the recent great weather.

Registration for new spring programs is underway. Many programs still have space.

Registration now open for Upper Noe Rec Center Art & Sport Explosion Summer Camp.

The City-wide financial crisis is looming at SF Recreation and Park Department. Our park faces budget and staffing cuts along with every park in the city.  Every staff member has received a pink slip layoff notice.  Some staff will be rehired, but all staff face an uncertain future as the Department of Recreation and Parks seeks to fill a large budget shortfall by reducing the number of full time staff serving our park and every park. We will let you know when we have more information about how our park will be affected.

PhotoBilly Goat Hill Tree planting in January!
New Spring Programs Just Started

The new line up of Spring Programs at the Upper Noe Valley Rec Center has just begun.  The Rec center staff have worked hard to create an exciting line up of new offerings. Spaces are still available in many classes, although internet registration appears to have closed.  The SF Parks and Rec Website, says Contact the Rec Center to find out about Late Registration.

Garden at the Rec Center, April 10th at 9:00 AM

Do you have a green thumb?  Join the LadyBug Gardeners for an early morning gardening expedition around the Rec Center. In March the LadyBug Gardeners did an amazing job pulling out an entire truckload of garden debris from the Sanchez Street side of the park.  Many hands make light work — and fun work!  Keep the park looking beautiful and stop by for an hour or more of volunteer time. Email Joanie Lionberger at for more information — or just show up!

Registration open for Art & Sport Explosion Summer Camp at the Upper Noe Rec for ages 6-9

Summer Camp is Back at Noe Valley Rec Center!  Create art through mask making, painting, paper crafts and other art forms. Learn the fundamentals of tennis, soccer, badminton, baseball and other sports. There may be additional costs daily for Muni or outings. A t-shirt is provided for each registrant for each week of camp. Each child will need to wear the shirt to camp each day. Please inform the Recreation Director of any medical issues prior to starting camp. Please bring a bag lunch and bottle of water to each day of camp. Drop off is no earlier than 10am and pick up is no later than 4pm. You must pre-register and pay for Extended Care for early drop off (8:30 AM) and late pick up (5:30 PM). See the Extended Care Activity to sign up. If you pick up any later than 4pm any day, your account will be charged for Extended Care.

Sign up for Summer Camp at the Upper Noe Rec Center.

Sign up for Extended Day as part of Summer Camp.

Successful Tree Planting on Billy Goat Hill in January

A few dozen neighbors turned out with Friends of Billy Goat Hill on January 16th for a tree planting event. (Billy Goat Hill is just up the hill from the Rec Center) With the aid of staff from the San Francisco Natural Areas Program, a division of the San Francisco Departement of Recreation and Park Department, and the Friends of the Urban Forest, the group successfully removed overgrown non-native plants and also planted a new garden at the 30th Street entrance to the park.  This issue’s featured photo above shows volunteers planting one of the new oak trees in the park. The group also featured a clean up day on March 20th, check their web site for the next clean-up day.  Take a walk up the hill to see their beautiful new plantings.

How You Can Rent the Rec Center

The Friends group often frequently gets questions about how groups can rent the Upper Noe Rec Center.  Both the gymnasium and tiny tot room are available for rental.  Some groups rent the facility on a regular basis, and some groups just for one-off events.  To rent the space, the SF Park and Rec Department Permits and Reservations Office has created an Indoor Facility Request form in addition to the Outdoor Field Request form.

According to the flyer downloadable here, the cost of renting the indoor facility is as follows:

  • Gymnaisum: $77/hour (if staff needed), and $50/hour (without staff)
  • Auditorium (Tot Room/Stage): $72/hour (if staff needed), and $45/hour (without staff)
We added a new page to our Web site with all this helpful information on How to Rent the Facilities.


Spring Eggstravaganza Event in Stern Grove sponsored by SF Recreation and Park Department and San Francisco Parks Trust



Join the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Trust for a Spring Eggstravaganza Event on April 3, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Sigmund Stern Grove (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard).  This family-friendly event features egg hunts, carnival rides, entertainment, giant inflatables, arts and crafts, food and more! 

$5 admission per person; tickets can be purchased in advance at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan Street in Golden Gate Park.

For more information, please call (415) 831-2700 or visit SF Rec and Park.

Looking for Park Contact Information?

The Friends of Noe Valley Rec Center Web Site includes contact information for the Rec Center staff and also key SF Park and Rec Department numbers.


Call for Volunteers


The Friends of Noe Valley Rec Center is looking for a few volunteers to serve on our park.

  • We are looking for more volunteers for the Ladybug Gardeners. The Ladybug gardeners meet on the second Saturday of each month at 9 AM.  Next event: April 10th. Joan says Email Joanie Lionberger at for more information — or just show up!
  • We are looking for people to help an hour or two a month on the stewardship committe.  We need folks to help spread the word about our group, keep our web site up to date, issue this newsletter, identify purchasing needs for park, and continue our fundraising efforts. Please emai: if you are interested in helping.




Thanks for your interest and support of Your Park! Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. Let us know about any community events you are planning at the park so we can promote them.  Please forward this newsletter to your friends and neighbors who use the Noe Valley Rec Center. We want this newsletter to help build the park community — please help us connect with members of the community.


Enjoy your Park!


Molly Sterkel (

Friends of the Noe Valley Rec Center