Police Look to Community and City to Help Solve Park Problem

The 3 PM shooting near Dolores Park’s 19th Street MUNI bridge got an immediate police response.  Last week Captain Bill Griffin, Mission Station SFPD give his take on the shooting. He promised not to walk away from Dolores Park. For now we will have an almost round the clock police presence on the bridge. If  history is an indication SFPD will not be able to keep officers in the park forever. For now everyone is looking for a long term sustainable solution to the bridge and other pockets of crime in and around Dolores Park.

Griffin said he has been talking with Rec and Park, MUNI, Mission High and Supervisor Sheehy,District 8. They are all offering support. The captain believes “there is a holistic solution to this”, he talked about activating the bridge with music and arts, and downplayed the reports of a gang presence, “there are people up there with gang affiliation, street level pot dealers…”
Mostly he was asking for the community’s input. What are we seeing? What are our ideas?

Supervisor Sheehy has called for a community meeting to,“discuss public safety with SFPD and other City agencies operating in the park.”
“All neighbors are encouraged to attend so that we can have a discussion on how the City and community can collaborate together to make Dolores Park a safe and inviting space for all.”

Dolores Park Safety Meeting
Monday 6 PM, August 21
Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores Street, SF, CA 94110

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Rec & Park Goes All In with #LoveDolores Campaign

“It’s a new park and a new way of park management”, Rec and Park trumpeted in April  And yes, this is a big turnaround in the way our parks department manages Dolores. They are now very engaged.  After much internal discussion and consultation with City officials; so I heard, the department has launched a major new plan. There are now two new Park Patrol officers assigned every weekend, new trash cans (to be deployed on June 18), a Recology funded and staffed recycling station and a big outreach/ public awareness campaign, #LoveDolores. The department is committed to fund and staff the recycling Pop-Up and the #Love Dolores Campaign through September.

Dolores sneak peek

Dolores sneak peek

 

Dolores Parks Works is proud to be a Campaign Partner in the #LoveDolores campaign.  and we will be out in the park the first weekend of the newly renovated North End.

  • #LoveDolores Outreach
  • Sunday, June 21
  • 2 to 4 P.M.
  • 19th and Dolores Street Plaza

Please join your fellow Dolores Park stewards, on the ground and in the park representing the campaign. We plan to meet with and inform park patrons of the new trash plan, the Pop-Up recycling station, our new restrooms and ask everyone to take the pledge to Love Dolores.

By joining the community effort to support positive change at Dolores Park, to meet, inform, and urge park users to “Love Dolores” through positive and responsible park behavior you are part of the change.

rsvp to Robert@doloresparkworks.org

 

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Fighting for a Clean Safe and Fun Park

Dolores Park Works Summer Celebration is today, Saturday and we have only few tickets remaining. Tickets will be available on-line till noon today. The remaining tickets can be purchased at the door as space allows. So far, our campaign has raised $2,700 towards our goal $3,000.

All money raised goes to our Dolores volunteer clean ups, the “Respect the Park” campaign and advocacy for a Safe, Clean and Fun Dolores Park. All contributions are tax-deductible. Your money supports:

Park Clean Ups – In 2013, we organized and hosted 12 volunteer lead clean ups of Dolores Park. That’s 430 hours of donated park maintenance. This season we are planning even more clean up events. With your help, we are launching a regular monthly Dolores Park volunteer day and will continue to reach out to local businesses, schools and social organizations for their invaluable help.

Marriott Hotels Bay Area Team pitching in.

Marriott Hotels Bay Area Team pitching in.

Park Advocacy – We advocated and petitioned for the first semi-permanent port-o-potties to help supplement the failing toilets of Dolores back in 2009. And we will be there when we cut the ribbon on the two new high-capacity restrooms in 2015. We have worked with SF Rec and Park from the inception of the Dolores renovation project and we will continue to monitor and steward Dolores even after the ribbon cutting on our new park.

Groundbreaking for the Park Renovation.

Groundbreaking for the Park Renovation.

 

Park Respect– Dolores Parks Works is working with Rec and Park on a campaign to get out our message of a sustainable park, “Pack it in and Pack it out!”

 

Kimberly Kiefer and David Burnet, SF Rec and Park Volunteer Services

Kimberly Kiefer and David Burnet, SF Rec and Park Volunteer Services

 

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Dolores Park Film Night opens with Austin Powers

Tonight, Saturday, June 10 San Francisco Film Night opens in Dolores Park with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). This spoof on the fab 60’s and international espionage does seem appropriate for today.

Movie Night 06.10.17

Photo shop via @sfstation

 

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420 Hits Dolores Hard

420 at Dolores

420 at Dolores Park. Photo by Lola M. Chavez via Mission Local

As long as 420 has been a thing Dolores Park has been a popular spot to celebrate the festive green holiday. The big change this year,  a bump in venders. Golden Gate Park’s Hippy Hill shit show was literally corralled with chain link fencing and requirements that all vendors apply for a permit. So, as Mission Local reports,  “What in past years was a free for all tradition now requires a city permit, and a group of Haight Street merchants stepped up and shelled out to provide the required amenities – increased bathrooms, medical services and extra cleaning crews.”

This left many budding entrepreneurs out of luck. One young vender explains her dilemma,

“I decided to hit up some friends and was like ‘yo, I’m going to try to see if I can sell some of my pastries [at Hippie Hill],’” said Keren Gutierrez, a Mission native. “I called in to Park and Rec and they told me they were having that whole permit thing. I asked if I can be a vendor and they said it’s too late, [applications] already closed.”

When I walked the park early Thursday afternoon dozens of venders were lined up along the 19th Street promenade. So I have to ask, is 420 going to become Dolores Park’s next annual mega event?

 

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Skaters Take Dolores

Thursday night, 7 pm or so a seemingly spontaneous skateboard meetup of a hundred mostly young men took over Dolores Street. No trash, no booze, no smoking and they totally stopped the rush hour traffic. Awesome!

This shot is at 19th and Dolores. The guys came off 21st street. Video in link.

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Picnic Your Butt Off!

Something we can all agree on, cigarette butts are nasty. Our good friend Shelly Ericksen of the Surfrider Foundation has asked us to a Dolores Park picnic, with a little park volunteerism on the side. As Shelly writes, “Super informal. Come hang out or just stop on by and bring me a few butts!”  I’m in. Let’s pick up our cigarette butts! Pick em up, wrap em up and pack them out to the trash. Let’s clean up our beach!

Saturday, February 27, 1 PM.
Saturday’s going to be a beautiful day – let’s have a picnic! And while we’re at it let’s see if we can get every cigarette butt in Dolores Park off the ground.

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BRING:
– BYO food and drinks and whatever else makes you happy
– Gloves if you have them (I will supply them too)
– Something to collect butts in — takeout containers, bags, buckets, whatever (also will have these on hand)

Exact location TBD – will post closer to the day.

WHY? Cigarette butts are plastic and all will be recycled by Terracycle into stuff like the ashtray in the pic, and Surfrider SF gets $1 per pound donation so you’re fundraising too. Last time I did this people brought them to me by the fistful. You’ll get a thousand thanks, plus all the good karma you can handle.

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