Reopening Of Noe Courts Park Remains Delayed By Weather

After months of construction, the completion of the Noe Courts Park at 24th and Douglass streets, originally set for the end of 2016, remains up in the air.

Finishing up the park is now "wholly dependent on weather," said Joey Kahn, a representative for San Francisco Recreation & Park. 

Construction on the court began in the summer of 2016. When it's complete, it will offer an upgraded multi-use court for tennis and basketball, as well as a new terraced lawn.

Other improvements will include a restroom renovation, a wheelchair-accessible ramp between the playground and restrooms, and an improved irrigation system. 

The park improvements were made possible by the Community Opportunity Fund and Restroom Program of the 2008 Parks Bond. Renovations were selected after a series of community meetings back in 2015. 

The new "no mow" lawn at Noe Courts Park.

San Francisco's stormy winter interfered with the upgrades, which are now set to run at least four months behind schedule. 

"The ground has to be dry enough for us to construct the tennis courts," Kahn said. "As of now, it's still too saturated from the winter's continuous storms."

The soil requires 10 to 14 consecutive rain-free days to be dry enough to surface the courts.

"Once we've finished preparing the courts, we will need another four to six weeks to allow the lawn to fully establish," Kahn said. 

A view of the new wheelchair-accessible ramp and future terraced lawn area at Noe Courts Park.

Despite delays, the department is looking forward to sharing the renovations with the public.

"We're extremely excited to reopen the Noe Courts after its renovation," Kahn said. "The new Noe Courts will feature a much more open park plan, with upgraded features."

You can see the latest updates on the park on the Noe Valley Courts project website

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