Newsletter | June 2016
|State of the Park
community asset. For the most part, it has held up well. The building is in good shape; the grounds and play spaces are attractive, safe
and functional; programs continue to fill up; and more and more people are making use of rental opportunities for public meetings,
parties, and sports. There is so much to love about this facility. It is easy to see why it is so popular. Of course, all that love
causes wear and tear, and even simple repairs and equipment replacement can take years to happen. July is a new budget cycle and the
ideal time to make our needs known. To keep our park the beautiful vibrant community center that it is, we need to act now.
Its passage, however, will not necessarily solve our problems. The number of gardeners and maintenance staff on hand at Upper Noe has
not followed good and bad budget years. The effort to gain and keep attention on our needs and issues has always been, and will always
be, a matter of squeaking loudly and repeatedly.
The State of the Park – Looking at the Future for Upper Noe Rec Center
be the topic of discussion at the next Upper Noe Neighbors meeting on July 13 at 7 pm in the auditorium. Join us. Your
feedback will help lay out a path for the coming years to ensure that this park not only stays viable but adapts to serve the changing
needs of our community.
position for her. We shared our visions for the park and looked to find ways to strengthen support and communication. Carol brings a
wealth of knowledge and experience, serving previously as park section supervisor in the Strybing Botanical Gardens. Email her at
email@example.com. Tell her how much you love Upper Noe Recreation Center and how much you use it. Ask her to please, please
protect the health and beauty of our park.
from garbage to graffiti, broken equipment to peeling paint, call it in to SF Customer Service Center. Dial 311 or 415
-701-2311. The more calls, the more attention an item receives. Requests from park patrons can often carry more weight than from park
Reservations – We support the Rec & Park reservations system as an
equitable means for families and groups to plan and schedule picnics and events in our parks while ensuring responsibility and
sprinkler system is not running as intended. While Rec & Park has promised to investigate soon, when our plants die off we will find
ourselves in a struggle to find resources for new ones, taking even more gardening labor and time, so much time, while the children of
Upper Noe grow old. We already lost so many plants and trees. I am asking you to take time now to make some noise, before the situation
slips out of reach of rescue. Call 311 (415-753-7092).
things. However, the hours they spend here are so few and we have not had a regular gardener on hand for over a year. Joan and the
Ladybug Gardeners volunteer group have stepped up to fill in the gaps. Friends and neighbors can help by keeping an eye
on our plants and pitching in a few hours every month or two to maintain our beautiful gardens. Work parties are fun for the whole
family and a great way to get to know your neighbors. The next one is July 9. Contact Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rec & Park has been wonderfully responsible about safety. The tot swings have been replaced, the wooden equipment has been
refinished, and the tall trees are trimmed regularly. Where we are in need is with broken or failing equipment, such as the defunct
spica spinning pole whose bearings are shot, the torn up rubber surface, and the giant witches hat that seems in need of new
sanitary. Staff is not on hand on weekends to put the cover in place and keep the cats out. We are asking parents to please pull the
cover over the sand if you are there in the late afternoon or early evening.
use to be a monthly highlight in the Upper Noe playground. With some help, we might revive the Friends Concert in the Park
Series, organize a community block party, dance, festival, you name it. Anyone interested in organizing events and any local
talent interested in performing should inquire to email@example.com. Until then, Karaoke is happening every Friday
evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Drop in.
baseball games, tots learning to play soccer, and family outings are continuous. While reduced use over the winter and some reprieve
from the drought helped it to recover a bit, bare spots, uneven clumps, clover and dandelions are ubiquitous. We hope to close it next
winter so it can receive a full regimen of care and perhaps new sod on the infield.
neighborhood. Removing litter and graffiti sends a strong message that the community cares. We need to ensure that Rec & Park
understands our concerns and allocates resources in a timely manner.
define a park as world-class. Such work is on going but several areas stand out. The exterior basketball court and tennis
court need resurfacing soon before they need major repair. The interior gym walls and the exterior fences and gates need
item will get painted or repaired in due time. Call 311 (415-753-7092) in addition to reporting to the office. Be the
neighborhood volunteers. However, it needs much more than we alone can provide. To keep this space pleasant and healthy requires regular
maintenance including use of the sprinkler system to settle dust and remove smell. The necessity of this is often not apparent to the
casual observer or to Rec & Park employees. In addition, the decomposed granite surface has worn thin. Five years have passed since
the last new load of gravel and we need to acquire more soon.
the renovation died. After four years of meetings, requests and constant nagging, Rec & Park finally added 5 very young trees. We
were so happy, until two of them died almost immediately, as did the last well-established tree planted near them. So, here we go again,
back to Rec & Park and have more brought in. In addition, we would like to purchase more benches for the large number of daily
patrons who sit and socialize in our wonderful park.
At the Rec Center
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an event that you would like to list.
• Help advise the city on what classes should be offered at the Upper Noe
or suggestions. Let us know about any community events you are planning at the park so we can promote them.
Enjoy your Park!
Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center