Park Department Celebrates Volunteers

Join your fellow Dolores Park Works Volunteers to celebrate all our hard work and contributions this year (or years past) at Rec and Parks annual Volunteer Appreciation Party!  This year’s fete will feature a catered lunch, an art exhibit, live entertainment and fresh produce courtesy of Alemany Farm and & In Chan Kaajal Community Garden! 

  • Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The County Fair Building, 1199 9th Avenue. (in Golden Gate Park at the entrance to the San Francisco Botanical Garden)

We look forward to seeing you there!”

RSVP here-

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A Day Without Glass

Saturday, November 5, noon to 4 pm will be a ”Day without Glass in the Park”.  The Dolores Park Ambassadors and Love Dolores campaign will be at the 19th and Dolores Street entrance with the message, “broken glass should not be in our parks”. Glass can break especially if carelessly discarded. Broken glass is a preventable hazard to play.
Park advocates are beginning to see significant successes from our activities. Police and Park Ranger presence have increased, trash pickups have improved, and Rec and Park is installing security cameras.
If we want to see continued improvement in our park, we need your help. We need a visible neighborhood presence in the park. Can you join us for an hour or two?  Please let us know, so we have a strong presence on “A day without Glass”.

Here is a flyer you can print and post on billboards, give to your neighbors, or put up in a neighborhood café.

Thank you for being a Dolores Park Ambassador!
Hans Kolbe, Robert Brust, Don Bruce
Dolores Park Ambassadors

 

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Dolores Garden Club on a Roll

Our nascent horticultural society, Dolores Garden Club will meet for it’s third and most likely final gardening day of this year. So far, two events, a growing membership  and an excellent record: Garden Club 2- Weeds 0.

And at our first event in September we were surprised by Tony Taylor from Bay Area Reporter, our local LGBT press.

Dolores Garden Club and Rec and Park gardeners in the Children’s Playground, Thursday October 12.

In October we boasted 6 volunteers and turned our attention to the “Pollinator Bed” a very mixed border at the entrance to the Children’s Playground. Big crabgrass issue, but our Rec and Park Gardener advised us we didn’t need to get them all, “just clean it up a bit.” It was a fabulously sunny day, but very smokey from the North Bay fires. Join up now and help plan for 2018. There will be sexy tees.

  • Dolores Garden Club next event
  • Thursday, November 9
  • 10 a.m.
  • Meet us on the path south of the tennis courts

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Security Cameras Coming to Dolores

Big news, Rec and Park has announced  it will will install security cameras in the park.  Mission Local has the scope from Rec And Park –

Recreation and Park Department spokesperson Connie Chan said the camera installation is already underway. The first series of cameras will be installed in the next two weeks, she said, and the cameras are being funded by $250,000 from the city’s General Fund. Rec and Parks is working closely with the police department on the planning and positioning of the camera installation.

Following on Rec and Park’s posting of two full-time Park Rangers at Dolores in July the department has definitely stepped up. I know there is a lot more to do and we all have more concerns and ideas for improving Dolores, but these were two big asks and long-standing needs and I think a big win for us park advocates.

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy’s office has been working hard on a Dolores Park Action Plan. And I want to thank his team along with all of you. We have accomplished a lot.

  • There is now team of 2 Rec and Park Rangers assigned full-time to Dolores.
  • We expect surveillance cameras to be installed by the end of the month
  • Last month a traffic light was installed at 19th street and Dolores
  • Trash and vandalism is down.
  • Order is increasing with regular SFPD patrols
  • Two grand restrooms

I am now asking all of you to go back over your lists of concerns and rethink possible solutions for the remaining Dolores Park problems. Dolores Park Works is working with our local neighbors, Dolores Heights improvement Club, Mission Dolores Neighborhood association following up with Supervisor Sheehy. We need to  prioritize needs and refocus our work.
You can post your ideas here and copy the Supervisor. Thank you all for your hard work and engagement on Dolores Park.

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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 Garden Club Returns Thursday

The Dolores Park Garden Club, an ongoing project of Dolores Parks Works, the Dolores Park Ambassadors and  Rec and Park Department will have it’s second event this Thursday, October 12, 10am.  Our aim is to help beautify Dolores with direct action. This new project will take our park stewardship to the next level. We are setting aside the battle against trash for the moment and are helping the Rec and park gardeners plant more flowers. Come join us in beautifying Dolores Park.

We are welcome highly skilled gardeners to novice, children as well as adults. REc and Park has all the tools and skills we need. Bring water, a hat, sensible shoes.

Dolores Gardeners at work on the bioswale, a garden built to capture runoff water from a natural spring. September 28, 2017

Dolores Gardeners at work on the bioswale, a garden built to capture runoff water from a natural spring. September 28, 2017

Volunteering in the park helps form connections with the park department workers, city officials and the park patrons and sets an example of respect for our parks. “Friends” of the park are an important link in the civic chain that keeps are parks vital, well maintained and safe. And gardening is fun!

  • Our second, and no less exciting Dolores Garden Club volunteer event
  • Thursday, October 12, 10am.
  • Meet up behind the tennis courts. We will knock off at noon.

Let me know if you can make it on the form below 

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