The Dolores Park Pride plan was a complete fail this year. We have done much better in the past. Dolores Parks Works was out in the this morning helping our park gardeners pick up trash. This was not the plan.
Dolores Park is now a major nexus for celebrating Pride and needs a well funded plan for trash control and security. From the little I have been able to learn, that the key is funding. Last year the Dyke March found a sponsor to fund a clean-up on Saturday. The park looked great. But there was no plan or organized effort for the following Sunday, Pride and The park was trashed.
This year I heard the Dyke March funding fell short and a clean up team was put in place literally days before the event. A much small and inadequate team. It is all well and good when these things happen behind closed doors and work well, but when there is a major fail we need to ask questions.
Pride, to keep this discussion focused, is supposed to be a City wide civic celebration. Yet less and less of the City, civic leaders and the LGBT Community step up to support and fund a plan to adequately host this celebration. This is not a Rec and Park problem, this is not the Dyke March’s fault. The City and it’s leaders need to step up.
Make no mistake, Dolores Park is a significant piece of this celebration (along with Pink Saturday) And the park needs to have a plan and proper funding for the entire three day celebration.
The Fourth of July is Saturday and the City needs a clear plan to protect the park and the neighborhood now.