In 2008, Upper Noe Park’s Dog Play Area was renamed Joby’s Run as a dedication to the neighborhood’s most active dog advocate. The park has served as a meeting place for community members and is so popular among locals that despite its relatively small size, Joby’s Run sees approximately 100 friendly dogs every day.
The dog play area is located along the western border of Upper Noe Recreation Center. It skirts the park’s baseball field and features two extended runs along the first base running lane and beyond right field. There is no grass, but the dirt composite surface is flat and easy on dogs’ feet, allowing them to get up to speed comfortably.
A larger play area is situated in the northwest corner where dogs meet and greet while their owners sit and mingle. There are no restrooms in the dog play area, but there are water fountains for both dogs and humans, and plenty of facilities right outside the dog run.
Although Joby’s Run does not specify that certain areas are used for small dogs and large dogs separately, the separate dog runs allow for differently sized dogs to play if desired. Poop bags are not provided by the park, so you will need to pack your own in order to pack your dog’s poop out.
The dog run is public and frequently populated, so you can count on meeting and greeting at least a handful of other dog owners when you go. To the benefit of those who work long hours, the park features lights that allow for play both in the early mornings and late hours of the day.
Noe Valley residents have established that the goal of Joby’s Run is to promote community communication, and this creates a welcoming, friendly vibe for all to enjoy. Bring your dog by if you want to get to know some local dog lovers, and there should be plenty of nice dogs and people to pass the time with.