The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has pledged to work with the Park Department to solve many of the entrenched issues plaguing Dolores Park. At a Board of Supervisors sub- committee hearing on Monday, John Haley, MTA director of Transit pledged the MTA’s cooperation with RPD in solving such issues as graffiti, trash and crime. When asked about participating in the planning for the upcoming Dolores Park rehabilitation, Haley stated, “We will support the process as much as we can.”
Eric Andersen, RPD manager for Area 6, said one of his main goals in renovation is to see the long closed and abandoned 19th street MUNI stop demolished and replaced with landscaping. He called the old stop an attractive nuisance, a shooting gallery, a graffiti magnet, and an open sewer. Jake Gilchrist, RPD manager for the Dolores Park renovation, said he was hoping for help from the MTA in a new design for the 18th Street entrance. “This corner is Dolores’s gateway to the Castro,” Gilchrist told the commission. It is now dominated by the J Church MUNI stop and an awkward wheelchair accessible ramp system.
Scott Wiener, District 8 supervisor had initially called John Haley for a report on plans to improve the performance of the J Church. Wiener told Dolores Park Works that he decided to add a discussion on Dolores Park and to bring in representatives from RPD in order to institute a dialogue between the two departments. ”In the past, there’s been little or no communication, and Rec & Park has been unable to effectively work with MTA.” Wiener said. ”I’m hoping this hearing will change that dynamic and possibly result in an understanding between the two departments, an understanding that will establish a vision for the area and define responsibilities.”