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.
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.
– 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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Shortly before dawn this morning contractors began taking down and hauling away the construction fence from the South side of Dolores. We couldn’t be happier. Early birds walking the dog or out for some fitness were surprised to see the fence gone and quickly took to the lawn.
The official opening day ceremony will be this evening, Wednesday January 27, 4 PM to 7.
Feel free to wear your glow in the dark gear. We’d love for you to come help celebrate Rec and Park told us, “One of the most beautiful things about Dolores is how many people and groups come out to enjoy the park in their own way. For this opening, we want to invite all of the groups that Love Dolores to come out and celebrate. The theme will be “Light Up Dolores” as there will be a major light-up element in the dark of winter.”
Dolores Park Works looking forward to celebrating the opening of Dolores Park with you. Hope to see you all there!
The final Film Nights in the Park will be tonight, Saturday September 26 at Dolores Park. The featured film? Back to the Future. The show is expected to start a little early (short Fall days), 7:15 pm.
Remember #LoveDolores. Leave the bottles at home and bring a can. Pack it in, pack it out.
For a comprehensive list of fun, free or cheap things to do in the Bay Area (including all the outdoor movies) check out Fun & Cheap SF. Johnny has them all.
The Dolores Park Pride plan was a complete fail this year. We have done much better in the past. Dolores Parks Works was out in the this morning helping our park gardeners pick up trash. This was not the plan.
Dolores Park is now a major nexus for celebrating Pride and needs a well funded plan for trash control and security. From the little I have been able to learn, that the key is funding. Last year the Dyke March found a sponsor to fund a clean-up on Saturday. The park looked great. But there was no plan or organized effort for the following Sunday, Pride and The park was trashed.
This year I heard the Dyke March funding fell short and a clean up team was put in place literally days before the event. A much small and inadequate team. It is all well and good when these things happen behind closed doors and work well, but when there is a major fail we need to ask questions.
Pride, to keep this discussion focused, is supposed to be a City wide civic celebration. Yet less and less of the City, civic leaders and the LGBT Community step up to support and fund a plan to adequately host this celebration. This is not a Rec and Park problem, this is not the Dyke March’s fault. The City and it’s leaders need to step up.
Make no mistake, Dolores Park is a significant piece of this celebration (along with Pink Saturday) And the park needs to have a plan and proper funding for the entire three day celebration.
The Fourth of July is Saturday and the City needs a clear plan to protect the park and the neighborhood now.