Dolores Parks Works first effort at gardening in the park was a wonderful successes.
On short notice we had a half a dozen enthusiastic Dolores neighbors in the park at 10:00 on a Tuesday morning ready to get dirty. And we had a blast. I believe that by proposing a project where we could show immediate and dramatic results, the replanting of the Miguel Hidalgo flower bed, you responded. Come by and see for yourself, though it will look more dramatic when it has time to grow in.
This is the first of what we hope will be a continuing and building effort to support and enhance the gardens of Dolores Park. We needed to work closely with Rec and Parks on this project and wanted to install the new plantings before the Consulate General of Mexico presides over a solemn ceremony at the Hidalgo statue on Thursday, September 19 at 11 AM.
So, big thanks to the enthusiastic garden volunteers who swept, dug and planted. Dolores Park Works supporters donated $600 in plant material and Flora Grubb Gardens, Patrick Lannan designed the planting. We worked closely with Adrian Field with the cooperation and help of Eric Anderson from Rec and Parks we were able to prepare the site, deliver mulch and arrange for three Rec and Park gardeners to be on hand to pitch in.
A light lunch was sent from Dolores Park Church; this was an extra special surprise.
Joe Padilla from Rec & Park paint shop had his crews out all week repainting the area and walls around the statue and truth be told most of the park. We also received heroic assistance from the SF Arts Commission’s Susan Pontious and Allison Cummings who arranged (again on very short notice) to have a conservator clean both Hidalgo and the Liberty Bell.
Finally, I need to thank Eva Cizano, Carla Garcia Morano and Andrea Pariangua Borego from the Consulado de Mexico whose work on behalf of the people of Mexico and their efforts to plan todays celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico added a much appreciated urgency and gravitas to our little project.
Thank you everyone for supporting our efforts to support Mission Dolores Park.