Rec & Park to Unveil Dolores Park Action Plan

The Recreation and Parks Department will host two “Dolores Park Action Plan meet ups / community outreach / training / status report / opportunity to participate / all around What’s Up With The New Park? events” this Tuesday.
We expect to hear an update on the statuses of the new park and a target opening date. But more importantly, info on the department’s plan to manage and maintain our shiny new park and our new role.

So shinny and new yet, very familiar.

So shiny and new yet, very familiar.

It’s a new Park and a new way of park management.
Come learn about the capital project, the campaign to keep the park green and how you can be a part of making Dolores great. -SF Rec and Park

Dolores Park Action Plan Invite
note, the morning meeting has been canceled
Please rsvp for the afternoon meeting here.

Tuesday, April 28 2015
1:30 to 3 pm
at 18 Reasons
3674 18th Street

Or the evening meeting here.

Tuesday, April 28 2015
6:30 to 8 pm
Dolores Park Church
455 Dolores Street

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Recycling Station Lands at Dolores

“Staff and volunteers at the popup will separate beverage containers, pizza boxes and other items discarded from picnics into separate metal bins designated for recycling, compost and trash.”
Did you just say pizza?

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Park renovation moving ahead despite vandalism

Despite recent setbacks construction at Dolores Park is moving ahead.
Important highlights include:

  • The North Restroom is 99% complete. New toilets, sinks, and hand dryers have all been installed.
  • The clubhouse will start demolition on Monday, and will last about 1 month.  The construction fences have shifted in order to include a safe and secure perimeter around the building during this demolition.
  • Operations Building is complete and the Rec & Park team is moving in.
  • Final stretches of pathways will be paved in the next one to two weeks.
  • Site lighting is almost complete, and site signs and furnishings will be installed shortly.


The vandalism on Valentines weekend caused about $100,000 in damage and will likely delay the reopening of the north side of the park.  The majority of the damage was incurred when the vandals hot-wired the construction equipment and drove across the newly installed turf and concrete, damaging the equipment, the new grass lawn, and portions of newly-placed concrete that hadn’t fully cured.  The vandals broke portions of the irrigation system, crashed into building and site walls, and started a fire in the new maintenance yard.  Two arrests were made by the SF Police Department. The contractor is still assessing the damage and the ramifications to the project’s schedule.

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A Park Under Pressure: Dolores Park Volunteers Ready To Help

The fame of Dolores in the Bay Area and throughout the world continues to grow. It is in every tour book and on every bucket list. And a smaller Dolores Park has done nothing to discourage her growing fans. So as we have all learned to make do with a lot less lawn and the increasingly more disgusting porta-potties, Dolores is suffering too. It’s time to give something back. The Dolores Park Works Volunteers will be out in force on four Saturday mornings this fall to help rake lawns, weed beds and clean up around the well used benches.

The park seems to see more people every weekend while struggling to get by on the same amount of care. The playground for instance goes 24/7. Before dawn fitness classes and dogs, soon toddlers and nannies, then after school groups and dads till dusk. At night tweens and teens call the playground home. And finally, at 2 p.m., the bar crowd finds Dolores an excellent and low-cost after hours spot. Nearing the end of a third summer, the new Hellen Diller Playground is well broken-in. One of the toddler hobby horses has been in the shop the entire summer.

New playground days before opening, February 24, 2012.

New playground days before opening, February 24, 2012.

We can do our part to help. Come on out for one of four Dolores Park Works Volunteer Days. Show Dolores Some love!

  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15

All dates are Saturday. We meet at 9 a.m. and work till noon. Gather at the entrance to the playground. Light snacks and coffee will be provided. Dress in layers and sensible shoes.

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Major Dolores Park Construction Delay Announced

Completion of the North Side of the Dolores Park improvement project is now expected to be early 2015, a 4 month delay. Jake Gilchrist, manager for the project told us that unforseen problems were discovered during excavation of the foundation for the new maintainance shed. Excessive ground water was uncovered and had to be extracted before the contractor could continue and the soil then had to be reinforced to stabilize the area.

Birds-Eye view of the new concrete at the  plaza and promenade.

Birds-Eye view of the new concrete at the plaza and promenade. photo by  Cara Ruppert, Rec and  Park

Gilchrist told us that he and the contractor knew about the ground water issue for some time but,”needed to study the problem to find the actual impact on the project.” The construction delay will cost an additional of $2.2 million for a total of $18.3 million budget. The project is funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the additional funds will come from the bonds contingency reserve.

A  new accessible pathway has been installed.

A new accessible pathway has been installed.  photo by Cara Ruppert, Rec and Park

So despite major progress, (see photos) there is still a lot left to do. The entire Dolores Park improvement project is still on target for completion in late 2015, according to a post on the project web-site.

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