For almost year now, the community vetted Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan (the Plan) had been under the knife of San Francisco Planning Department and we feared the worse. Last week we got best!
The Plan, originally expected last August, was subjected to an 11-month environmental review by Planning . Early on, there were rumors of proposals for a dozen changes based on historic preservation concerns. Save the old clubhouse and don’t bring in so much new paving, were all back on the table. We debated all these valid concerns at the 2011 community meetings. But we are standing behind the Plan and ready to move on.
Scott Wiener, district 8 supervisor told us he understood our frustration and was doing what he could to save the Plan. The mayor took at an unannounced tour of Dolores with Phil Ginsburg, the Park Chief and other park improvement big wigs and still, no word. We were left to fret and worry.
So when we got our first look at the revised plans, pleasantly surprised didn’t quit cover it. In the end there are only four major changes and they aren’t really major. There is a lot of other minor tweaks. The “devil is in the details” as one of the architects quipped and both Jake Gilchrist, Rec and Park project manager on the renovation and a DPW architect told us their work is just beginning.
Some changes to look for in the Plan include –
- The North Restroom is now closer to the playground.
- The steps to down to the abandoned 19th Street J Church stop are now persevered.
- The South Restroom will not have a living roof.
- The 18th Street entrance to the maintenance yard is now closer to Church Street to preserve the flow of the 18th Street lawn.
MissionLocal quotes Gilchrist –
“I think that there is a big sense of accomplishment. This is an important step.”
Gilchrist said much of the review entailed the preservation of some of the historic parts of the park. The California Environmental Quality Act requires identification of any potential environmental or historic preservation impacts.
Construction should begin this fall.