February 2015 Newsletter

 Newsletter | February 2015
Did You Know?

If the park gates are locked during open hours, call 311.

Spring Registration
Day Camp Registration
Winter Hoops
Fun & Fitness For Free
Opportunity for Expanded Hours
Park Place
Busy Bees of Upper Noe
Canine Corner
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Events

Spring Registration
On-site registration for Spring Activities begins at Upper Noe on March 7 at 10:00 a.m. For a compete catalog of all Rec & Park offerings, go to www.sfreconline.org.

See the daily schedule of Upper Noe programs and registration info. Most classes at Upper Noe are open to drop-in guests for a small per-session fee. Check with Rec Center staff.

*** Adult Cooking classes return to Upper Noe with Home Cooking 101 Wed 4/8 - 5/13, 6:30 -8 p.m.

Day Camp Registration
Sign ups start on March 21 at 10 a.m. See details at http://sfrecpark.org/recreation-community-services/find-a-class/

Winter Hoops
first and second grade hoopstersshirts-skins-b-ball

Winter is basketball season and Upper Noe is teaming with players. From first and second grade basketball leagues, to pick up games during Open Gym hours, to shirts-and-skins games on the outside court, enthusiasts of all ages are coming out with Warriors fever to emulate Stephen Currie.

Fun & Fitness For Free
Wed night pick-up volleyball gameNow there is a little something extra to help you through the week. Wednesday Night Volleyball is now free. These games have been very popular. Full teams play with abandon until closing time. It joins this list of free activities at Upper Noe. All equipment is provided.

Drop-in Volleyball (adult) - Wed 6:30 - 8:30 pm (or so)
Drop-in Women’s Futsal (adult) - Fri 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Yoga (adult) - Sat 9:15 - 10:15 am
Zumba (family) - Sat 10:30-11:30 am & Thu 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Senior (55+) Argentine Tango - Thu 4/9 - 6/11, 1 – 4 pm
Open Gym - Tue 12 – 3 pm, 6:30 - 8:30 pm; Wed 12 – 2:30 pm; Thu 12 – 5 pm, 6:15 – 8:30 pm; Fri 12 – 6 pm

Opportunity for Expanded Hours
With a healthy budget this year, Rec & Park is looking for ways to offer more at Upper Noe. One proposal generated at the Upper Noe Community Recreation Council is to have the Rec Center open on Mondays. That would surely be a big hit with parents of toddlers. It might boost afternoon activities too. Friends of the NV Rec Center is trying to gauge interest in this proposal. Send input to info@noevalleyreccenter.com. If the community supports the idea, Rec & Park might find the support for it too.

Park Place
permit parking meeting. inset: Kathie StudwellOn Wednesday, February 4, the Upper Noe auditorium held its largest community meeting ever. Over two-hundred neighbors packed the hall to hear spokesperson Kathie Studwell (inset, left) of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Sustainable Streets Division explain the Residential Permit Parking (RPP) process and how it will affect our neighborhood.

Friends of the NV Rec Center hosted this informational meeting after the community reacted negatively to a sudden proposal by a small group of neighbors to expand Glen Park’s Area D RPP zone all the way to, and including, 30th Street. While the SFMTA process for expanding a zone does not call for community meetings, only a gathering of signatures, it was clear from the turnout that neighbors felt a need to hear and be heard before committing one way or the other. Representatives presented for and against the proposal, and neighbors weighed in with one-minute comments. At least 70 people were still present when the meeting concluded two hours later.

The proposal is a reaction to frustration over a perception that parking in our area is harder now than ever. According to SFMTA, the goal of the RPP program, which dates to 1976, is to "provide more parking spaces for residents by discouraging long-term parking by people who do not live in the area" by limiting non-permit holders to 2 or 4 hours between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Some residents see this as the solution to their parking problems. Some decry it as a costly and ineffective over-reaction. Others worry that it will adversely effect visitors, local teachers and other community workers, and exacerbate parking problems on the remaining streets outside of RPP zones.

No consensus was taken. Whether SFMTA begins a study to expand Area D will be the result of signature campaigns for and against, block by block.

Busy Bees of Upper Noe
painters inspecting and repairingUpper Noe is a beautiful park and neighbors love to stroll through as they traverse the neighborhood. While the $13M renovation of 2007-2008 overhauled the entire place, keeping it attractive has been a team effort. A lot of credit goes to local volunteers who pitch in to keep the gardens, courts and the dog park looking good. However, the heavy lifting is by dedicated Rec & Park staff doing the extraordinary.

Recently, painters beautifully refurbished the bleachers at the ball field and completely refinished the heavily used exterior walls around the basketball court; they went the extra mile to chip away layers of loose paint and hand prime the surface so that it will withstand the punishment of high impact activities such as baseball pitching and tennis practice.

newly planted gardenMeanwhile, gardeners completely renovated the struggling garden in the northeast corner along Day Street. They pulled a huge weedy pampas grass, a herculean task in itself, along with unhealthy groundcover. They then planted a mix of California natives and succulents in a bed of fresh bark mulch.

In late March, other workers will undertake a project to refinish all of the interior wooden floors. The downside is that, for health reasons, the Rec Center must close completely from March 23 to April 4 until the vapors fully dissipate. The exterior will remain open and all scheduled activities there will proceed without interruption.

Canine Corner
Joby's Run gate proposalFriends of Upper Noe Dog Owners Group (FUNDOG) recently presented a proposal to Rec & Park to install a new gate in the middle of Joby’s Run. The purpose is to make the dog run safer and more usable by keeping pets in closer proximity to their guardians; currently, it is possible for pets to roam far and out of sight. Another benefit will be separated play spaces to allow uninterrupted games of fetch to proceed away from gallivanting groups of playful pups. See the full proposal at http://fundogsf.org/news.html.

Community Events
At the Rec Center

February 18 and March 18 (third Wednesday of the month)
7:00 p.m.
Community Recreation Council / Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center
Recreation Center Kitchen
Discussion of 2015 events at Upper Noe

Feb 19
6:30 p.m.
Upper Douglass Dog Park Community Meeting  Supervisor
Scott Wiener and the SF Rec and Park Department will go over the recent conditions at the Upper Douglass Dog Park as well as providing maintenance and operations plans and potential improvements to the park in the future.

March 14
9:00 a.m. - noon
Ladybug Gardeners
Help keep Upper Noe beautiful. Bring a hat and gloves.

March 7
10:00 a.m.
On-site registration for Spring Activities begins at Upper Noe
Register online at www.sfreconline.org

March 21
10:00 a.m.
Day Camp Registration begins

Outside the Center

February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
The Glen Park Neighborhood History Project (GPNHP)
SF History Expo at the Old Mint
GPNHP will have a table on both days.

Contact info@noevalleyreccenter.com if you have an event that you would like to list.

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.

• 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) noevalleyreccenter.com.

• 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) noevalleyreccenter.com.

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