Good weather and a great turnout made for a wonderful Dolores Park Garden Day and Picnic on Saturday. Over 30 volunteers under the direction of Rec and Park gardeners Sean and Peter concentrated on reviving the north field by scrapping away weeks worth of cigarette butts, bottle caps and other micro litter.
We followed with a short program thanking our volunteers and our sponsors, BiRite Market, Dolores Park Cafe and Morning Due Cafe for the great lunch. Also on hand, were representatives from our friends Dolores Park Church, Dolores Park Dogs, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Dolores Heights Improvement Club. The Volunteer Center also sent us several students from the Year Up program.
And before we all sat down to that great picnic lunch, I am very pleased to announce that we awarded the first Dolores Park Works Steward of the Year Award to The Friends of Dolores Park Playground. This award will to be given to those who have shown exemplary service in the past year to pursuing one or more of the goals of Dolores Park Works. The Friends were selected because they have recognized the irreplaceable importance of play and recreation to young families and the need to support and recognize this. They have also vigorously pursued the best design, natural materials and plantings for the new playground and have pledged their commitment to the continuing maintenance and support of the Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park.
And finally, Jake Gilchrist, manager for the upcoming Dolores Park rehabilitation was kind enough to come by on his weekend to up date us on the planning process. We can expect to see several prospective design ideas at our next Workshop on August 4, 6:30 pm. The Park Department and the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Steering Committee is hosting these important workshops to set the direction of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan. A final meeting is planned for Thursday, August 25 at 6:30. The location of both of these meetings is still to be confirmed.