Thursday, October 27 was the last in a series of 6 Community Workshops to plan for the Rehabilitation of Dolores Park. Participants were given the opportunity to present any additional suggestions or alternative proposals to our conceptual plan and vote on the last few elements up for discussion.
Displayed in the rear of the Mission High School Cafeteria were sketches of the proposed plans, including aerial and graded views. We were also given oral presentations for an alternate road in the west end of the North Field, a request from the Tai Chi Club for additional group exercise space and a request we reconsider the location of the North Field Off-leash Dog Play Area. One well received change, the proposal for a barrier across the South Field to separate the off leash Dog Play Area and the ADA accessible path was withdrawn. Yes, both fields will remain essential undivided and open.
For 30 minuets we broke into small groups to discuss and compile any final revisions. Placed on each table was a large print out of the proposed plans, tracing paper, and markers to make any final comments or changes. Each of the small group analysis was presented to the room and the architects wrote it all down on poster paper.
Here is how the vote went down:
- We all wanted to include a space for the Tai Chi and other exercise groups.
- The Dog Off-Leash Play areas will be as originally proposed.
- An alternate road plan for the North Field was favored. This will allow the even further narrowing of the cross field path.
- A new design for the 19th Street entrance that opens up the top steps, splits the plaza into two levels and has a simpler ADA accessible path to the lower plaza was approved.
- The Playground Restroom will be recessed even more into the hillside.
This is the final public community Dolores Park Rehabilitation meeting of the year. The discussions will reconvene in February when the completed Rehabilitation Plan is presented to the Steering Committee. Stay tuned.