December 2016 News

 Newsletter | December 2016

Happy Holiday Season to You and Yours

happy-holidays 22016 has been an interesting year. As it draws to a close, it's worth looking back on some of the positive things that have happened around the park.

We survived the worst of the drought. With the return of rain, our field, foliage and gardens are rebounding. It was touch and go there for a while. Thanks go out to our Ladybug Gardener volunteers for keeping the grounds looking good through the struggles.

Inside and out, the Rec Center is still looking good despite the crush of popularity that takes a toll. The wooden floors were refinished, playground equipment has been repaired and replaced, and all of the exterior walls have received new paint. Special thanks go out to our painter Joe and his crew for that, and for the constant, speedy touch-ups to keep the place looking fresh and cared for.

We have enjoyed an amazing array of programmed and casual activities, exciting sports competition, family events, great play dates, picnics, parties, and informative civic meetings. Thank you to everyone in our growing Rec Center community for your participation and for the love and respect that you show toward each other and the park.

As the year closes, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center, 295 Day Street, SF CA 94131. Online at

Winter Session – January 3 to March 11
Registration for activities begins Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. Rec Center staff is happy to assist. Browse classes now and add them to your wish list at . Jr. Warriors basketball season begins in January. Baseball registration for next season is already open. These fill up quickly. Register now.

New activity hours starting Jan 3
OPEN GYM                                                                AUDITORIUM FREE PLAY
Tuesday: 6:30pm – 8:30pm                                       Tuesday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm – 3:30pm                                Wednesday: 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:30pm                                      Thursday: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm – 3:30pm                                         Friday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday: NONE                                                        Saturday*: 12:00pm – 4:30pm*

The gym is also available for private games every night after hours (9 - 11 weekdays, after 5 on weekends). Inquire at the Upper Noe office.

Karaoke for Adults every Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Pickleball is now every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 – 3 p.m. – Free
Drop-in Volleyball (18+) every Wednesday Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Free

Plan Rainy Days for Toddlers
Please, please, please plan ahead for your children and nannies. The Rec Center programs toddler activities only at specified hours not the entire day. In bad weather, the lobby becomes overcrowded between activities. It is no substitute for the playground. Adults come and go from classes and workers move equipment and perform their duties. This can present safety issues for children. In addition, adults must navigate between, over and around scattered toys, blankets and strollers, causing concerns for them as well. To top it off, strollers are no longer permitted inside the gym and must be parked in the lobby creating even more congestion. Upper Noe staff has no flexibility on this directive.

The center serves a wide range of needs and the staff strives to strike an appropriate balance. Indoor space is made available for small children as much as possible when other activities are not booked with classes for older children and adults. To that end, Auditorium Free Play hours are expanding during Winter Session. Starting on January 3rd, staff added Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and extended Tuesdays and Wednesdays an extra half-hour.

If you have any suggestions about alternate location to visit on rainy, cold or windy days, we would be happy to help spread the word.

Tree Trimming
Tree timmingJust in time for the holidays. Rec & Park arborists came en masse on Wed Dec 14 and addressed the whole property, especially the eucalyptus between the tennis courts and playground. Thanks guys. It is going to be a stormy season and our facilities coordinator Cheryl Woltjen wanted to ensure that everyone is safe. New limbs and leaves will soon sprout providing shade again by springtime.

UNN tree planting program 
Upper Noe Neighbors is working in conjunction with Friends of the Urban Forest to offer owners and tenants in Noe Valley an opportunity for new street trees in January. Have a street tree planted at reduced cost and effort. Applications for a free site inspection are due by December 21.  See details at .

Canine Corner
Sad dogExpect increased crowds in Joby’s Run. Nearby dog runs, such as Douglass Park, close or become unusable because of the rain in winter. In addition, Rec & Park is getting ready to implement their Natural Resource Area Management Plan, which looks to remove large sections of the dog play areas in Bernal Heights and McLaren Parks. Find out more about this at the January 11 Upper Noe Neighbors Meeting.

Community Events –
At the Rec Center

January 11  -   Upper Noe Neighbors
7 - 9 pm
Friends of the Urban Forest
SF Rec & Park Natural Resource Area Management Plan.

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!

Chris Faust
Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center