We reached out to the San Francisco Rec and Park and Police and they have responded. A public meeting organized by Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association (MDNA) and lead by an outstanding group of Rec and Park and City representatives will be next Wednesday, May 14. We will discuss possible solutions to the worsening trash,vandalism and public security problems at Dolores Park. Meet us at Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores (off Dorland), 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
- Scott Wiener, District 8 supervisor
- Campos, District 9 supervisor
- Captain Daniel Perea, SFPD Mission Station
- Phil Ginsburg, Rec & Park General Manager
- Jake Gilchrist, Rec & Park Project Manager for Dolores Park Renovation
- Marcus Santiago Senior Park Patrol officer
- Michelle Pallavicini, RPD Park Service Captain
- Isabel Wade, founder of San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council
Robert Brust, chair of Dolores Park Works, who recently joined MDNA will help lead the discussion. Peter Lewis, co-chair MDNA said “Visitors should be able to have a peaceful time enjoying the beauty of the park. ”
We are making progress. Local Mission Station is now talking with Park Patrol representatives. Dolores Park gardeners have told us they are now very focused on controlling the source of the trash more than the aftermath. And local residents and merchant have told us they are prepared to contribute towards better security and upkeep of the damaged playground. We can get this done! Come to this important meeting of the MDNA and help solve this worsening problem. Please spread the word.
Summery of an open letter to Rec and Park:
We need your help and leadership concerning a worsening set of problems in Mission Dolores Park. Public intoxication, after hours vandalism, increased homeless camping, out of control trash and occasional violence continue to plague the park. Here are our ideas so far.
– Extended Rec and Park presence in Mission Dolores Park during peak weekends hours. Both SFPD and RPD Patrol need to coordinate their efforts in and around Dolores.
– A Trash Plan – Add two more RPD janitors to monitor trash pickup inside the park on the weekends from noon to 8 pm. Lead a public education campaign involving other departments to inform park patrons of their role in a clean, safe and fun park.
– After hours Security – Install security cameras around the children’s playground, add more lighting and install a small fence with a time-locked gate.