Conflict of courts? The La Jolla Recreation Center group discusses if there are any issues at stake


As the weather warms up and schools are closed for the summer, the sports fields at the La Jolla Recreation Center are also warming up with recess etiquette issues.

The La Jolla Community Recreation Group, the Rec Center’s advisory board, discussed the concerns during its June 22 virtual meeting.


A year after the temporary bocce court opened at the Recreation Center and weeks after the court received help from architect Tom Grunow, CRG President Mary Coakley Munk said maintenance was a lot easier and that “the petanque ground is widely used”.

Officials say the pitch still needs work to improve safety at the western end of the pitch, which sits several inches above the ground to keep the pitch level, but creates a hazard for those entering and come out of the field.

Coakley Munk said Grunow will send Rosalia Castruita, San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation manager, a plan to fix the problem by raising the lawn slightly off the field.

Coakley Munk said raising the lawn made more sense than trying other measures such as building a railing, steps or ramp.

Castruita said she would forward the design to Parks & Recreation for review.

Meanwhile, Coakley Munk said the popularity of the pétanque court led her to wonder if there could be a reservation system so that people coming from a longer distance would not be inconvenienced if the court was busy.

“We don’t even have the staff to help with that,” Castruita said, noting that outdoor sports are run by those who do them.

Petanque players “just have to learn to do this like basketball players do,” she said. “If you see people there, just take turns and figure out who was there first and who’s next.”

If the CRG asks for a reservation system, Castruita suggested looking at an electronic version connected to a mobile app, but said she didn’t know the best tactic to take.

“I don’t want to put a clipboard there and the clipboard gets lost,” Castruita said.

The CRG also discussed imposing a time or play limit on the field.

However, Rec Center director Nicholas Volpe said he didn’t notice a problem.

“There was never a time when [people] come and ask for the equipment they can’t use,” he said.


Pickleball lines are drawn on the east basketball court at the La Jolla Recreation Center, but so far there has been no conflict between players of the two sports, the center manager said , Nicholas Volpe.

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Coakley Munk said he received reports that “pickleball is…becoming a bit of a problem” with people having to leave because too many people want to play.

In February, the CRG delayed Volpe’s request to add lines for a pickleball court on the west basketball court, pending an update on the court’s use during the summer.

Currently only the basketball court contains pickleball lines.

So far, Volpe said, “there has been no conflict between pickleball players and basketball players.”

He said a large group of pickleball players use the courts from about 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, often placing painter’s tape on the west basketball court for pickleball lines.

Volpe said the courts are first come, first served.

CRG board member Jan Harris asked: “If things are working relatively well, why do we need more rules?”


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The recreation center sign can be used by anyone for a variety of purposes, according to the recreation center staff.

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Volpe said the on-court sign at the Rec Center is a multipurpose court for everyone, despite the perception that it’s only for playing tennis.

The clarification came after CRG board member Alan Dulgeroff said he had a “disturbing experience” on a recent Sunday. He said two tennis players forced his children, aged 5 and 7, off the backboard court, “swinging rackets around the kids. It was very dangerous.

“It’s very easy for adults to bully kids off the court,” Dulgeroff added. “Bullying is not the kind of thing we want to see.”

Volpe said such incidents should be reported to recreation center staff so they can indicate the sign is multipurpose. Dulgeroff said no personnel were available because it was a Sunday, but he thanked Volpe for the clarification.

Other CRG news

Renovation of the weight room: Replacing the deteriorated floor in the recreation center’s weight room has paused as Volpe awaits a contract held up by insurance requirements.

When the contract is signed, work will resume, he said.

He said he was also asking the community for donations of used gym equipment to help fill the weight room. “Anything and anything helps,” he said.

Redesign of the leisure center: La Jolla architect Trace Wilson said proposed plans to redesign the recreation center will be presented to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria’s office on Friday, July 22, and that Wilson and the rest of the vision committee of the CRG recently met with staff members of the Parks and Recreation Department. to try to advance the development of the renovation.

Understaffed: Volpe said the recreation center’s assistant director, Quinlan Olds, left the department, leaving Volpe, Brittany Mitchell and Jesus Hizon to staff at the center.

“We try to do everything we can within our limits,” Volpe said.

He later told the La Jolla Light that Parks & Recreation is looking for Olds’ replacement.

Next meeting : The La Jolla Community Recreation Group will then meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, likely online. For more information, call (858) 552-1658. ◆


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