In 2009, Dolores Park was already one of the most popular of San Francisco’s parks, and certainly, one of the most historic and beautiful. Yet after years of neglect the infrastructure and landscaping was shabby and unsafe. That August we founded Dolores Park Works and shortly after hosted our first volunteer clean-up and held our first meeting with District 8 Supervisor Bevin Dufty. Our strategy was to get more attention for our neighborhood park.
Since, DPWorks has continued with significant direct community communication, engagement and reach. Park clean-ups with community members and local commercial and non-profit organizations such as Accenture Corp., Marriott, Larkin Street Youth Center, Making Waves Foundation, Boys Hope/Girls Hope, SF School for the Arts, Dolores Park Church continue to be a key focus. Our blog posts and email newsletters on park maintenance, renovation and vendor issues, with over 500 opt-in emails addresses. 470 Facebook fans, 200 daily hits on our site and 750 Twitter followers are our main channels for community organizing. However, strong partnerships with city officials, local merchants, journalists, bloggers and other Mission Dolores area community service groups are also a key part of our strategy. Along with Mission Dolores community in-person open invitation public meet-ups featuring District 8 Supervisor’s office and Rec & Parks Dept. speakers.