Many Challenges and Issues Remain For Dolores Park

For Dolores Park and Dolores Park Works, 2012 is looking like a year to celebrate. We opened a world-class playground and have completed an unprecedented community design of the park. This plan for a rehabilitated and renewed Dolores includes two extra capacity restrooms and a new badly needed maintenance shed tucked away in the corners. So yes, we are going to celebrate, but much still needs to be done.

  • Littering and the trashing of Dolores, especially noxious cigarette butts and bottle caps, continues.
  • Maintenance is severely underfunded. Tree maintenance in particular has a back log of decades.
  • Pedestrian safety in the many cross-walks to Dolores is inadequate.
  • Underage drinking, public drunkenness, homeless and at-risk youth drinking is escalating. Violence, graffiti and vandalism continue to be a problem. While, most park stakeholders don’t seem to be in agreement with posted police and park policy on public drinking and drugs.
  • Finally, there is no community wide consensus on what is the best practice for permitting events at Dolores and on how best to confront non-permitted events when necessary.

2012 Strategic Plan
To celebrate the unique role of the park in patron’s lives – DPWorks will continue to advocate that Dolores Park is both a neighborhood park and a regional civic venue. Dolores must be accessible to all; rich and poor, children and young adults, dog owners and seniors.

  • Work with Rec and Park operations, permit office and community members to facilitate a lively discussion about the role Dolores Park plays in our community. Advocate for a mix of cultural events and endorse the Park Department’s guidelines to permit only two large events a month in Dolores.
  • Produce the DPWorks Earth Day, LGBT and Summer Picnic celebrations.
  • Participate in the Grand Opening of the new Dolores Park Playground.

To pursue continuous improvement of Dolores Park’s natural beauty, sustainability and supporting infrastructure – DPWorks will continue to work with Rec and Park,the community, the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Design Team and our park advocacy partners to bring about a renewed Dolores Park.

  • We will work with SF Parks Alliance to improve Rec and Parks ability to care for our parks, measure maintenance levels and encourage park patrons to report all maintenance problems to 311.
  • Work with the Rehabilitation Steering Committee, park stakeholders, press and neighbors to ensure the Dept of Public Works and the Parks Department builds the best version of a rehabilitated Dolores Park possible.

To permeate pride, stewardship, and responsibility among park patrons  – DPWorks will continue to foster community building, organizing and education as tools to keep Dolores clean, safe and fun.

  • Grow the DPWorks steering committee and operate with transparency and democracy.
  • Host regular Dolores Park Community Volunteer Days and  continue to recognize and reward the DPWorks Volunteers.
  • Work with community, stake-holders to produce the Respect Dolores Campaign. Our goal is to significantly increase park patrons awareness of their impact on Dolores Park’s lawns, paths and plantings and their power to leave the park better then they found it.

To promote Gov 2.0 effective communication, engagement and accountability best practices between park patrons and city officials.

  • Through example, dialogue and critique, DPWorks will continuing to encourage Government to Gov. 2.0 best practices.
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About Robert Brust

Dolores Park Works Co-founder