Park Commission On Track to Award Contract for New Playground

The Rec and Park Commission, Capital Committee is scheduled to consider bids today, for the construction of the new Hellen Diller Playground at Dolores Park. Rec and Park has chosen the three lowest bids of the five received.
update: The decision has been postponed to the full Rec and Park Commission Meeting on April 21.  We spoke with Friends of Dolores Park Playground chair, Nancy Gonzalez Madynski on Thursday after she received news that the committee will push the decision up to the full commission.  ”We have three great bids”, Nancy told us “Were closer then ever to having the great playground we have been working towards.” Nancy expects after a contractor is selected work could begin as early as May 27 with completion by the end of January 2012.


Steve Koch, Koch Landscape Architecture with early plans for Hellen Diller Playground

Steve Koch, Koch Landscape Architecture with early plans for Hellen Diller Playground

Project Cost and Source of Funding: Total Cost: $3,545,000

  • $1,650,000 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond
  • $225,000 2000 Neighbor Parks Bond
  • $250,000  General Funds (initial seed money from RPD)
  • $850,000 Gift of Funds from the FDPP/Mercer (delivered by the Friends 4/8/11)
  • $750,000 Gift of Professional Services from NPC/FDPP/Mercer (on going support for the Architect and construction management firms)

Rec and Park’s Background on the Playground Renovation Project

In November 2008, Mission Dolores Park was identified as a priority site for funding under the 2008 Clean and Safety Neighborhood Park Bond.  Also that year, the Friends of Dolores Park Playground (FDPP), a volunteer community organization, joined forces with the Mercer Foundation and hired the firm of Koch Landscape Architecture to develop a conceptual plan for the project, and entered into an agreement with the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) to act as their fiscal agent  In April 2009 the Recreation and Park Commission approved a Memorandum of Understanding between RPD and NPC, acting on behalf of the Friends of Dolores Park Playground, which establishes the framework for the joint planning, funding and construction of the playground at Mission Dolores Park (Resolution No. 0904-005). The general terms of the agreement include contributions of bond and other City funding by RPD, and a gift of services/materials/funds from FDPP.  In recognition of the gift, the renovated playground will be renamed the “Helen Diller Playground”.  The scope of this project includes: demolition of the existing children’s play area and adjacent asphalt picnic area; construction of a new, highly customized children’s play area; a new access driveway and accessible parking space; and a new storm water collection system, irrigation and lighting within the play area.  The Recreation and Park Commission approved the conceptual plan for the project in June 2009 [Resolution No. 0906-011].   This is the first of two phases of renovation planned for Mission Dolores Park.  Phase 2 improvements, funded entirely with 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Park Bond, will include renovation of the existing courts, clubhouse and remaining park landscaping and infrastructure.  The Phase 2 project is currently in the planning phase.


About Robert Brust

Dolores Park Works Co-founder