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Back Handspring Clinic at Gymtrix in Alpine – October 21, 2017

Back Handspring Clinic at Gymtrix in Alpine on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9am to 11am. Cost is $20 per person. Come and develop your back handspring skills with training by our experienced coaches. Gymtrix is located at 2358 Tavern Rd. (Next to Boulder Oaks Elementary School) For more info call 619-659-8772 or email Karen Smith at Visit our website at

Gymtrix Gymnastics & Tumbling New Student Trial Package – September 2017

Gymtrix New Student Trial package $75. Package Includes: One month of class (Tumbling or Gymnastics), One month of open gym and Gym Trix T-shirt. Trial Package available only to new students. This is a $160 value for only $75! Gymtrix is located at 2358 Tavern Rd #7, Alpine, Ca 91901 (Next t o Boulder Oaks Elementary School) 619-659-8772. Visit our website at

More Coed Adult Softball Teams WANTED to Join Thursday Night League at Alpine Community Center

The Alpine Community Center is looking for more Coed Adult Softball Teams to join the Thursday Night League… Fall Season Begins September 21, 2017. For more info please call Cindi Robertson, Director of Operations at the Alpine Community Center 619.445.7330 or email


AEF Proposes 9-Acre Professional Sports Complex at Joan MacQueen Middle School

Good evening, everyone. Perhaps you have heard, Alpine Education Foundation has been working on a concept to upgrade and complete the sports fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School.  This aerial presents the concept: complete rehabilitation of the “Upper Field”; conversion of the “Lower Field” to artificial turf; conversion of the dirt softball field to multi-use artificial turf; the addition of a racket ball wall and concession stand.  In summary, the project is about the creation of a 9-acre professional Sports Complex.  (scroll down after concept aerial)

Alpine Education Foundation presented this project to the Alpine Community Planning Group and to the public on Thursday July 27, 2017.

Here’s an example depicting a completion concept for the dirt softball field. Before: as it is now… DIRT!  After:  artificial turf, tri-use softball/soccer/football use.  (scroll down after aerial & concept schematic)

*Have something to say? Use the comments section below this post!


UPDATE & FOLLOW UP (7-30-17): This additional information below was also submitted by George Barnett in response to some of the comments that were made in the comments section of this post:

“Hi, folks! Please look at Alpine Elementary School (AES), a school open since the 50s and never had a sports playing field other than decomposed granite dirt playground!  By tapping into grant funding that can legally only be spent on youth sports/parkland infrastructure, AES now has a fine multi-use/soccer field that serves the 300 or so students plus as high as 600 AYSO soccer members in the season.  This was a joint project by the AES PTA leadership, Alpine Education Foundation (AEF) and the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) that did not cost taxpayers or our school district one additional dime.  And, various youth sports groups are considering taking-on the financial responsibility for maintenance and upkeep.  That’s more school district budget dollars for the classrooms.

AEF has just conducted a Summer PE/Sports Camp on that field that was over-subscribed.  Lots of photos at AEF Facebook page.  Please look and see how we in Alpine can do better, and we can have better than dirt playgrounds, and at no added cost to taxpayers or to the school district!

Look at Joan MacQueen, a school built nearly 20 years ago with a 900 student capacity, and half the area reserved for youth sports is again DG dirt, unmarked, un-striped, weed-choked and under-utilized as many of our youth sports groups choose to go “down the hill” rather than play here in Alpine.  The grass Upper Field is un-striped, in sad, sad shape, and is an amorphous layout of odd dimensions that fits no known sport.  It is a playground, and not a good one.  Please go take a look.

The grass Lower Field is about the same, although it is surrounded by a “running track” that is just more DE dirt with non-regulation unmarked lane-width and non-standard length. Please go take a look.

What about other user needs?  One of many examples, Alpine has a long established and large Pop Warner Football program.  Notwithstanding Viejas graciously permitting practice on a grass field at the Reservation, there is no football field in Alpine.  Serious practice and all games and tournaments are held “down-the-hill”. We do not have adequate facilities that permit our middle school to have its own organized softball and football programs associated with any league play.  It sounds harsh, but we have 3rd world sports facilities in this town.

The AEF proposal for JMMS was initially made public at last Thursday’s ACPG meeting.  It is an all-volunteer effort intending to bring our Middle School facilities up to “norm” by resurrecting the successful all-volunteer AES Project Team, by applying for sports grants that can be used for no other purpose than sports infrastructure, and doing so at no added costs to taxpayers or the school district.

How can the public participate?  Start attending meetings of the ACPG’s Parks & Recreation Subcommittee.  They will be publicly noticed in newspapers, posted around town, and posted on the great Alpine Community Network.  The ACPG is our equivalent of a ‘town council’ and the board is elected by you.  If your child plays soccer, softball, lacrosse or football in a local youth sports league, or would like to, start attending those meetings and listen to those organizations talk about the need to better serve our youth with decent sports playing fields. And remember, this is a proposal by an all-volunteer organization to tap into grants solely available for sports infrastructure investments.  We can have decent facilities at no additional cost to taxpayers and to our 1,800 student school district.  Yes, I keep repeating that.  But it is the key to the proposal.  To me, not trying to do this “makes entirely no sense”!

This need, and this solution proposal, is independent from the activities of the Alpine High School Citizens Committee that is the Petitioner to the State Board of Education for the unification of our k-8 district into a k-12 district with its own high school. 

It is also independent of the Alpine Tax Payers for Bond Accountability that is in a legal battle against Grossmont to reserve our property taxes that we voted to increase for an Alpine high school. 

And while the proposal is to serve a 900-student capacity Middle School, and then the other 900 students in our district, and then all of our community’s youth sports franchises too, it certainly would be of value when we finally do get our high school.  The proposal reinforces the Alpine Union School District when we finally do get our high school, and reinforces the District’s Vision as the “Destination School District of the East County”!  Pretty cool!  That’s where I want my 4 grandkids living in Alpine to go to school!

On artificial turf, past issues of safety have been offset by new technologies, and turf is no longer made by grinding-up used tires.  In fact, there are many new technologies that mitigate against excessive heat.

So, please get involved in a project that lifts of Middle School sports playing fields out of the Middle Ages, and at no added costs to taxpayers or to the school district. This proposal is going to be promoted across Alpine in coming weeks and months to listen to concerns, needs and to hopefully build support.  And remember, it won’t cost you a dime!

Respectfully, George Barnett

The above comments are my personal views.  But for full disclosure, I am a member of the Alpine High School Citizens Committee petitioning the State for a unified Alpine high school.  I am a member of Alpine Tax Payers for Bond Accountability and Plaintiff in the spending injunction lawsuit against Grossmont to reserve our property taxes for an Alpine high school.  I am an officer and director of Alpine Education Foundation, a non-profit charity committed to enhancing education and youth well-being in Alpine schools.  And I am an elected member of the Alpine Community Planning Group. – George Barnett



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

To: Members of the ACPG, Members of the AEF, and the Community at Large.

Re: Playing Fields Redevelopment at Joan McQueen Middle School.

To: All concerned, I am a resident on White Oak Drive, directly adjacent the Lower and Middle Playing Fields which looms 8 to 20 feet above my property and, all of the properties on White Oak Drive. There is a 5 foot tall chain link fence as the only barrier between our property and the Playing Fields which allows direct views into my property, objects to regularly fly into my property, and it provides virtually no sound barrier from regular gym classes or special events.

The Lower Dirt Playing Field, from my observations, already works well as a multi-purpose Sport Field, quite suitable for Middle School Physical Education Classes and as an overflow parking area for certain school events. There is also the factor that the field as it already exists is a low cost low maintenance multi-function area, already well used by the public after hours.

If the proposed artificial turf field plan was to be implemented, I foresee several real problems especially as a multi-use activity area. But the primary problem will be the limited use, cost, and dangers of any Artificial Turf Playing Field.

  1. Limited Use:
  2. Area can no longer be used as a parking lot.
  3. Other field events like shot put and discus would damage field.
  4. Special footwear is recommended for any sport on artificial turf.
  5. It would require controlled access to prevent damage to turf from unsupervised extracurricular activities.


  1. Cost:
  2. The initial cost of the development and installation of an Artificial Turf Playing field.
  3. Football sized area of Field Turf costs around $5,000 a year to properly maintain.
  4. Weed abatement as windblown seeds can easily take root.


  1. Dangers of Artificial Turf:
  2. The recycled materials used to make, “disinfect”, and control weeds in Artificial Turf are proven toxic, especially for children.
  3. Artificial Turf can get extremely hot, 140-180 degrees, especially in hot arid zones, such as Alpine. A double edged sword; as the turf heats up more toxins are released and the risk of burns from direct contact increases.

I have also discovered, as a result of going to the San Diego County Offices Department of Planning and Land Use, (DPLU) to make enquiries about the Joan McQueen Middle School planned “Field Development”, that all school planning and permits must go through the California Department of Education in Sacramento. The Alpine Community Planning Group [ACPG], in their statement in the June 20th issue of the Alpine Sun, page 15, letter D, # 2 “…that the group is formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors” … insinuates that the ACPG is “advising and assisting” the San Diego County DPLU.

As the County of San Diego has no authority in the approval or the development and improvements of public schools, who at the State level are the ACPG consulting?

In the same article in the latest Alpine Sun, under G #2, indicating that the Alpine Education Foundation, (AEF) will make a presentation regarding their proposal to renovate the playing field at JMMS, with “Discussion and Action”. There is no invitation or notification to the residents immediately adjacent to the playing fields who would be most impacted by this proposed “9 Acre Professional Sports Complex.”

If it were not for a neighbor calling a neighbor who informed me of “… a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to participate in one of the largest public use projects ever undertaken by a community non-profit effort in Alpine’s 100 plus years…It’s a Pretty Big Deal…) {sic} George Barnett, we homeowners bordering JMMS would be totally unaware of this grandiose public use project that is likely to have a negative impact on the amenity of our property and other adjoining properties.

Therefore I am not certain that this expensive project, is realistic or necessary in our community. I am also very concerned about the lack of transparency by the ACPG and the AEF in their failure to notify or include the owners of properties adjoining the School of their intent, by keeping us uninformed as to the entire concept including whether additional lighting is in the proposal and what “Professional Sports” will be utilizing this proposed complex and when, and the risk of liability to the school involving non-school affiliated activities.

In my opinion the fact that George Barnett wants kudos for the, “largest public use project….by a community non-profit in Alpine’s 100 plus years…It’s a Pretty Big Deal…”, is not reason enough to vote such a project into reality, especially when there are so many unknowns and unanswered questions.

Concerned Alpine resident C.B.


Original Post Submitted by:
George Barnett, Officer & Director – Alpine Education Foundation








Back Tuck & Back Layout Clinic at Gymtix – July 22, 2017

Back tuck and Back layout clinic at Gymtix Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 9-11am! Develop your back tumbling skills with training by our experienced coaches Dani and Amanda. $20 per person. Gymtrix is located at 2358 Tavern Rd #7, Alpine, Ca 91901. For more info please call 619-659-8772 or email Karen at

$1 Gymnastic Class Day at Gymtrix in Alpine – July 24, 2017

$1 Gymnastics Class Day at Gymtrix! July 24, 2017 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Come do a gymnastics class for only $1.00! All levels welcome. Please call and leave a message to reserve your spot. Gymtrix is located at 2358 Tavern Rd #7, Alpine, Ca 91901. For more info please call 619-659-8772 or email Kristi Gorney at


Alpine Youth Soccer AYSO Walk-In Registration Dates: June 3, 10 & 14, 2017

Alpine AYSO Soccer Registration for Fall 2017 – Alpine Region 295 invites all Girls and Boys who are ages 4 to 16 on or before 12/31/17 to sign-up for some exciting outdoor soccer. Games start in September!

1st Walk-in Registration Date: Saturday June 3, 2017, from 10am – 2pm at Boulder Oaks Elementary School. COST: $130 per player ($20 discount before June 4 – $150 after June 14)

On this date we are also having a Free skills clinic from British Soccer! Clinics are from 10am – 12pm. Arrive at 9:45am to sign in and warm up (bring water, cleats, shin guards, and a ball)

Alpine proudly participates in AYSO’s VIP program for our special needs players.
⚽ Sibling discounts available for families with multiple players in the same household.
⚽ Scholarship applications available for those in need.
For more information on registration, family discounts, scholarships, and VIP, visit or e-mail

1st: Pre-register and pay online at (Visit for answers to online registration questions)

2nd: Drop in to 1 of the 3 walk-in events at Boulder Oaks Elementary at 2320 Tavern Rd. (Express lines available for those that pre-register online)

Walk-In Registration Dates:
June 3, 2017 (Saturday) 10am – 2pm – $20 Early Discount and Free skills clinics from British Soccer from 10am – 12pm (6/3 event only)
June 10, 2017 (Saturday) 10am – 2pm

June 14, 2017 (Wednesday) 5pm – 7pm

Please visit for more information

Support Your Local Gymnasts at Gymtrix’s HUGE YARD SALE – May 13, 2017

Come to our HUGE YARD SALE and help support our Gymnasts! Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 7am to 1pm at Bethel Christian Assembly Church Parking lot (1929 Arnold Way, Alpine, Ca. 91901) All proceeds will help send them to the Nationals in June! For more info please call (619) 659-8772 or email


Cheer Force Prep Team Evaluations at Gymtrix – May 3, 4 & 5, 2017

Cheer Force Prep Team Evaluations at Gymtrix
gymtrix 1If Cheerleading is your passion, we have the teams for you. In conjunction with Cheer Force, we have three prep teams that compete throughout the season. Currently we have teams available for ages 4 and up. Our cheer teams typically compete 4 competitions as well as perform at local community events. Our Cheer Force prep teams learn tumbling, dance, stunts and how to work together as a team. All the levels help each other out and the older teams serve as role models for the younger ones. Our cheer coaches foster a positive environment where the athletes learn, improve and most importantly, have fun! Our cheer teams spend time together outside of competition bonding gymtrix 2together as a team and having a great time. Our junior team became Grand Champions this season and we are so proud of all our kids and our program. The time is just ahead where you can become a part of one of our amazing teams.

On May 3rd, 4th and 5th we will be doing prep evaluations. Ages 4-8 will be from 4-5pm and ages 9& up will be from 5-6pm. See what fun you can have as part of one of our cheer teams! Come by the gym at 2358 Tavern Rd #7, Alpine, Ca 91901 or give us a call at 619-659-8772. You can also check us out at See you all at the Gym!



Youth Gymnastics Team Placements at Gymtrix in Alpine – May 10 & 11, 2017

Gymnastics Team Placements at Gymtrix
gymtrix 5When you think of gymnastics, you don’t typically think of it as a team sport. But here in Alpine at GymTrix gymnastics, we compete a little differently. Our gymnastics team competes in Power Team Gym. Power Team Gym is part of USA Gymnastics under the Group Gymnastics discipline. Our teams compete together on floor, tumbling, vault and mini tramp. Rather than being out on the floor
alone, our team competes a synchronized floor routine together and truly works together as a team. As part of a team, your kids will learn new skills, work together with their teammates and have a great time. We currently have a level 1, 2, 3, 5 and level 7 team. Next season we plan to add a level 4.

gymtrix 4We compete 4 or 5 competitions each season as well as community performances and our current teams will be headed to Nationals in June, having all qualified at their first competition of the season. Besides gymnastics, we do many activities together as a team and our team members will be the first to tell you that we have a lot of fun!

We will be having placements for our next season on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm for levels 4-7 and Thursday May 11, 2017  from 6:00-8:00pm for levels 1-3. Come check us out and become part of the team! Come by the gym at 2358 Tavern Rd #7, Alpine, Ca 91901 or give us a call at 619-659-8772. You can also check us out at See you all at the Gym!