Making Their Case: Weekend Sun=Trashed Park

The sun is out and I’m so happy that you had fun in dear ol’ Dolores Park. Really. But hey, how about picking up after yourselves?

Hope you had fun!

Leaving a big pile of crap is making the case for the “No Alcohol/No Smoking” signs and for increased police presence.

Is it really to much to ask that you pick up your Bi-Rite & Whole Food bags and put them in the trash can? Apparently it is.

Here’s a lesson: The trash goes IN the trash can, not on, under, around, beside, next to, beneath, above…

If the trash can is full, then you must take your trash home or dump it in an empty trash can (preferably  one owned by the city and not a neighbors).

Trashed Trash Cans

Look, park patrons’, I’m your biggest fan. I really want you to be able to enjoy yourself any way you want to, but you’ve got leave no trace. Ya know, pack it in pack it out. Let’s try again this weekend shall we?

Also, just to throw it out there again, please come to the community meeting on Wednesday, September 1, 6-8 pm at Mission High School cafeteria. You can yell at me there all you want.

About Crystal Vann Wallstrom

Dolores Park Works Co-founder
7 comments
Dolores Clean
Dolores Clean

What happened last night at Dolores Park? I was there for a while, but left at 9:30 for ice cream and passed by again about 10:30. Sounds like I missed all of the police action, but there are twitter reports that the police used megaphones and bright lights, a Rolling Stones sing-along, etc.

Alex Chaffee
Alex Chaffee

On Saturday I strolled past a bike junk sale and a hipster biker dude stubbed out his cigarette on the lawn in front of me. I stopped and asked, "Could you pick up that butt?" He gave me a bit of the stinkeye so I went on, "I walk my dog here and I don't want her to eat it." He said "Sure," and calmly picked up the butt and put it in his pocket. I wonder getting a patrol of nice people to ask people nicely, and distribute trash bags, wouldn't go a long way towards getting people to remember their San Francisco ethics.

Alex Chaffee
Alex Chaffee

To be fair, the trash on the sidewalk next to the trash bins is sometimes from bums who come by at night and dump out the bins looking for bottles. There are locks but they're easy to pick with a butter knife.

And when the bins fill up, people with a big armful of trash think that leaving it next to the trash cans is their only option. Here's a suggestion: trash bag dispensers on top of each bin, with a sign saying "If the bins are full, please put your trash in one of these bags (courtesy of DPW) and take it away."

Anonymous
Anonymous

They have a solar powered trash collector at 18th and Dolores Street, but I think it would be more useful at 19th which seems to more frequently be overflowing. It is supposed to hold five times as much the normal type, and make it easy for scheduling pickup. Or they should have the solar trash receptacle both locations. Another thing, good about the solar trash bin, is that it prevents people looking to recycle aluminum cans from taking the can out of the garbage, and leaving the paper bag waste on the outside of the trash can. Let's work together on Dolores Park!!

mattymatt
mattymatt

That pile of trash is pretty unforgivable. What kind of person just gets up and walks away from that? I say, swab the forks and cups for DNA.

Maybe more/bigger trash bins would help? I've seen them completely overflow on a crowded day.

Crystal Vann Wallstrom
Crystal Vann Wallstrom

I can't answer the first question. As for the second, you can come to the community meeting on September 1st at Mission High School from 6:00-8:00.

William Pietri
William Pietri

Hi, Crystal. What fraction of readers of this blog do you think are the sort of people who leave trash in the park? If it's not very large, maybe you're better off telling the rest of us how best to deal with those folks?