Recreationally Speaking: Here’s what’s happening in February 2022


It’s time to start planning the 4th of July UC Celebration. The first meeting is Wednesday, February 16.  See for details.

The next meeting of the Standley Community Recreation Group is the 4th Thursday of the month. February’s meeting is Thursday, February 24, at 7 PM, at the Standley Recreation Center. To get on the mailing list for information and the agenda, contact Roger Hughes, Center Director Standley Recreation Center: or 858-552-1651.

Compiled by UCCA’s representative to the Standley Community Recreation Group: The City of San Diego has 59 Recreation Centers, 14 Pools, 7 Skate Parks and many other recreational facilities that serve both residents and visitors of all ages, abilities and income levels. Check out your local Recreation Center’s program guide for more details, or visit SDRecConnect to register for a program. SDRecConnect is the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department’s Online Activity Registration System. With your account, online registration is convenient and easy. Start today so you don’t miss out!

Focus on University City Parks and Facilities:

Tennis news UCRC: The University City Racquet Club (UCRC), located at 3585 Governor Drive, has started a Junior Tennis Program (youth aged 5 to 13) for beginners and intermediate players on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Currently, there are three instructors and two different groups using two courts. UCRC will expand its program this summer. The goal for these players is to get some exercise, learn some skills, and prepare them for high school tennis when they are eligible. UCRC plans to partner with the tennis coach at UC High School to support the high school’s tennis program. UCRC will donate some good used racquets and free stringing and regripping services for the tennis team. For more information, contact the Racquet Club by phone 858-452-5683or email at

Pickleball news at UCRC: In November 2021, the UCRC Board announced that they had decided to no longer offer pickleball at UCRC, effective March 1, 2022. According to the notice, the Board will continue to run UCRC as a tennis club, as detailed in the Articles of Incorporation and 501(c)(4) documents that state the specific purpose of the UCRC corporation is to foster and develop the game of tennis; encourage development of promising players of the community; and encourage competitive play with organizations of this and other communities.

The pickleball players are concerned about losing their ability to play at the Racquet Club and have taken their concerns to Parks and Recreation. A spokesperson for City Parks and Recreation said in an email statement that the City’s Parks and Recreation is aware of their request (to continue play at the Racquet Club) and are currently considering viable options for pickleball in the area. For more information from the pickleball players, contact Judy Sweet at For more information from the UC Racquet Club, contact Simon Shen at

In related pickleball news, the Standley Recreation Center outdoor basketball court will be re-surfaced and painted to include pickleball court lines.

According to the Parks and Recreation website (at, pickleball is currently available at the following University City area parks:

  • Gershwin Neighborhood Park, 3549 Conrad Ave, San Diego, CA 92117 858-581-9926
  • La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 858-552-1658
  • Nobel Recreation Center, 8810 Judicial Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 858-552-1626
  • North Clairemont Recreation Center, 4421 Bannock Ave, San Diego, CA 92117 858-581-9926

What’s happening at our University City Pool and Recreation Centers? The Pool, Gym, and Rec Center schedules and programs are posted on the City’s website at

  • Swanson Memorial Pool: The parking lot at Swanson Pool will be resurfaced. Swanson is currently open six days a week with both Lap and Recreational swim, as well as fitness classes. During March and April, the Pool Guard Recruit Academy returns at several locations (not at Swanson). Applicants will be paid to train to become lifeguards as they attend the academy. Potential applicants can find more information online at
  • Aquatic Center (joint-use pool): The grand opening is expected to occur in April.
  • Standley Recreation Center: Adult Volleyball and Basketball leagues are now playing. Adult Yoga classes are in session. Adult Floor Hockey plays when Youth Basketball is not playing. Aikido classes are not running currently but may begin again in March. Youth programming includes Fridge Art and Pee Wee Sports, and Master Sports Basketball. The Spring Egg Hunt is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 9.
  • Nobel Athletic Fields and Recreation Center: Nobel is currently providing both adult and youth programming. The Gym Schedule and the Winter Program and posted on the City’s website. The Spring schedule will be issued at the end of February.
  • Doyle Recreation Center: Doyle is currently providing both adult and youth programming. The Gym Schedule and the Winter Program and posted on the City’s website. The Spring schedule will be issued at the end of February.

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