December 2014 Newsletter

 Newsletter | December 2014
Did You Know?

Looking for something to do on rainy mornings?

1…2…3 Ready and Baby and Me classes are always available on a drop-in basis for a small fee. 

Winter 2015 Program Registration
Basketball Season Is Here
Jr. Warriors Winter Basketball League

Free Play and Open Gym Hours Changing
Ladybugs This Saturday
Walter Haas/Billy Goat Hill Trail Meeting - Dec 10
Canine Corner
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Events

Winter 2015 Program Registration

Registration for upcoming programs begins on December 13 at 10:00 a.m. through Staff at Upper Noe will be on hand that day to assist folks through the process. To minimize registration hassles, families are advised to look over the site in advance to create an account and to look over the available classes. 

Soccer season is approaching. Get ready for spring with our Winter Soccer classes.

To see the Winter schedule for programming at Upper Noe visit page 104 of 2015 Winter Activities Guide or see the daily schedule of Upper Noe programs and registration info on our website,

Basketball Season Is Here

men's basketballWhether your interest is league play, pick up games or evening sessions of hoops with your buddies, the courts are teeming with team activity at Upper Noe seven days per week.

Even though the Rec Center is only open Tuesday through Saturday, the courts are available for rental every day after hours and on days when it is closed. Groups can organize private basketball parties or kids’ leagues can arrange practice and games to suit their schedules.

Free Open Gym hours are every weekday afternoon and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Balls are available at the Rec Center office.

So come on in and get your game on.

Jr. Warriors Winter Basketball League

girls' league basketballRec & Park is taking sign-ups now for league basketball play in five divisions, Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade, 3rd & 4th Grade, 5th & 6th Grade, and 7th & 8th Grade. For details, click here


Free Play and Open Gym Hours Changing

Beginning January 3, new hours will be in effect. Auditorium Free Play: Sun and Mon closed; Tue 1 – 3:30pm; Wed 1 – 2:30pm; Thu none; Fri 1 – 3pm; Sat 12 – 4:30pm. Saturday hours can vary, depending upon other activities. Open Gym: Sun and Mon closed; Tue 12 – 3pm, 6:30 - 8:30pm; Wed 12 – 2:30pm; Thu 12 – 5pm, 6:15 – 8:30pm; Fri 12 – 6pm; Sat none.

Ladybugs This Saturday

cartoon ladybugLadybug Gardeners leader Joan Lionberger invites friends and neighbors into the Upper Noe gardens this Saturday, December 13 from 9 a.m. to noon for a Ladybug Workday. Come by and volunteer, even if you only have an hour to spare. It is a fun way to spend the morning.


Community Meeting Dec 10 - Walter Haas / Billy Goat Hill Trail

 BillyGoat Hill / Walter Haas Playground trail One of life’s great joys is a quiet walk in the woods but where in San Francisco is that still to be found? Currently, just blocks away. The undeveloped wooded hillside above Billy Goat Hill across Beacon Street seems a formidable barrier for hikers, joggers or even pedestrians seeking a shortcut to Walter Haas Playground, a wall of dense trees.

Look closely and one can spy the end of a trail that is more like a mysterious rabbit hole than and invitation to progress up the hill. From the other end, the experience is not any more inviting, a brief steep and treacherous decent. Both access points quickly turn sharply onto an evenly sloped switch back trail, where one is hidden from the sight and sound of the city.

RPD and others want to create a more inviting safer link between theses properties facilitating accesses and promoting healthy activities, such as hiking , biking, dog walking or just finding and easier route to the playground that does not require driving.

No plans are on the board yet. Rec & Park wants community input first. Come and share your insight and opinions. Wednesday, December 10 from 7 – 8:30 pm at Upper Noe Rec Center.

Canine Corner

UpperDouglassDPA-smThe rainy season is here and that has put a damper on doggy fun. While Joby’s Run is an all-weather play area, some of our nearby grass fields have announced winter closures.

St. Mary’s traditionally closes from December through February to keep the integrity of the lawn intact. In addition, the newly opened Upper Douglass field is shut again after only four months of activity. That field is expected to remain out of action even longer to “aerated, topdress, overseed and fertilize … in order to re-establish healthy and resilient grass.”

So, expect more dogs than usual at Upper Noe for a while.


Volunteers Needed

• Help advise the city on what classes should be offered at the Upper Noe Rec Center. Serve a term on the Upper Noe Recreation Center’s Community Recreation Council and help shape programming at the Center. A teen member is still needed! Please contact Cheryl Woltjen at 970-8061. The form is available on our website and at the center. Please either drop it off or mail it to: Cheryl Woltjen, UNRC, 295 Day Street, SF, 94131.

• Distribute our new Friends of NVRC postcard. This newsletter is distributed to nearly 1,000 “friends.” Make sure interested neighbors know about our group by helping distribute our informational postcard around the neighborhood. Please email molly (at) if you know of a good shop or cafe to distribute the postcards. Or you could help put them somewhere frequented by park users.

• Lead a new event. Are you interested in organizing a new event at the Center? Maybe a game night or movie night? Please contact us at info (at)

• Garden at the Park. Help keep the park beautiful by volunteering with the Ladybug Gardeners on the second Saturday of each quarter. The next date in 2014 will be September 13. All ages welcome, no experience necessary, community service hours credited. Even an hour would be a big help! Please email ladybugs (at)

Community Events

At the Rec Center

December 10
Walter Haas / Billy Goat Hill Trail
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Rec & Park leads discussion of improvements to a social trail linking Walter Haas Playground and Billy Goat Hill.

December 13
9:00 a.m. - noon
Ladybug Gardeners
Help keep Upper Noe beautiful.
Bring a hat and gloves.

December 17
7:00 p.m.
Community Recreation Council / Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center
Recreation Center Kitchen
Get involved and help shape programming and events at Upper Noe

Outside the Center

December 12 & 13
7 p.m.
HCMA Acting Troupe
Hush, an Interview with America by James Still
Mission Art Rec Center
745 Treat Street

January 10 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Glen Park Neighborhood History Project
Glen Park Library Meeting Room
Author Diane Donovan: House-moving in San Francisco neighborhoods including Glen Park.

January 31 10 a.m. - noon
Friends of Billy Goat Hill
Billy Goat Hill Planting Day
Our winter planting event

Contact if you have an event that you would like to list.

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 Recreation Center. We want this newsletter to help build the park community -- please help us connect with members of the community.

Enjoy your Park!

Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center
Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center