Security Cameras Coming to Dolores

Big news, Rec and Park has announced  it will will install security cameras in the park.  Mission Local has the scope from Rec And Park –

Recreation and Park Department spokesperson Connie Chan said the camera installation is already underway. The first series of cameras will be installed in the next two weeks, she said, and the cameras are being funded by $250,000 from the city’s General Fund. Rec and Parks is working closely with the police department on the planning and positioning of the camera installation.

Following on Rec and Park’s posting of two full-time Park Rangers at Dolores in July the department has definitely stepped up. I know there is a lot more to do and we all have more concerns and ideas for improving Dolores, but these were two big asks and long-standing needs and I think a big win for us park advocates.

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy’s office has been working hard on a Dolores Park Action Plan. And I want to thank his team along with all of you. We have accomplished a lot.

  • There is now team of 2 Rec and Park Rangers assigned full-time to Dolores.
  • We expect surveillance cameras to be installed by the end of the month
  • Last month a traffic light was installed at 19th street and Dolores
  • Trash and vandalism is down.
  • Order is increasing with regular SFPD patrols
  • Two grand restrooms

I am now asking all of you to go back over your lists of concerns and rethink possible solutions for the remaining Dolores Park problems. Dolores Park Works is working with our local neighbors, Dolores Heights improvement Club, Mission Dolores Neighborhood association following up with Supervisor Sheehy. We need to  prioritize needs and refocus our work.
You can post your ideas here and copy the Supervisor. Thank you all for your hard work and engagement on Dolores Park.

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Dolores Garden Club Returns Thursday

The Dolores Park Garden Club, an ongoing project of Dolores Parks Works, the Dolores Park Ambassadors and  Rec and Park Department will have it’s second event this Thursday, October 12, 10am.  Our aim is to help beautify Dolores with direct action. This new project will take our park stewardship to the next level. We are setting aside the battle against trash for the moment and are helping the Rec and park gardeners plant more flowers. Come join us in beautifying Dolores Park.

We are welcome highly skilled gardeners to novice, children as well as adults. REc and Park has all the tools and skills we need. Bring water, a hat, sensible shoes.

Dolores Gardeners at work on the bioswale, a garden built to capture runoff water from a natural spring. September 28, 2017

Dolores Gardeners at work on the bioswale, a garden built to capture runoff water from a natural spring. September 28, 2017

Volunteering in the park helps form connections with the park department workers, city officials and the park patrons and sets an example of respect for our parks. “Friends” of the park are an important link in the civic chain that keeps are parks vital, well maintained and safe. And gardening is fun!

  • Our second, and no less exciting Dolores Garden Club volunteer event
  • Thursday, October 12, 10am.
  • Meet up behind the tennis courts. We will knock off at noon.

Let me know if you can make it on the form below 

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Dolores Garden Club Ready to Launch

Are you interested in making a direct impact on Dolores Park? An opportunity to say, I planted those flowers! Dolores Garden Club will be that group, folks working directly in the Park. As a group, we will be assigned a planting bed to call our own. We will work with the Rec and Park gardeners to prepare the area, set out plants and care for our babies into the winter.

Volunteer Gardeners replanting Hidalgo garden in 2010.

Volunteers replanting Hidalgo garden in 2010.

Dolores Garden Club is a project of Dolores Park Works, Dolores Park Ambassadors and San Francisco Recreation and Parks. We have committed to three gardening days September 28, October 12 and November 9. All on Thursday mornings. If you can’t do all three, no problem. Let’s get dirty!

Let me know if you are interested in being part of this exciting new park project

Fill out the form below 

 

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Police Look to Community and City to Help Solve Park’s Problems

The 3 PM shooting near Dolores Park’s 19th Street MUNI bridge got an immediate police response.  Last week Captain Bill Griffin, Mission Station SFPD give his take on the shooting. He promised not to walk away from Dolores Park. For now we will have an almost round the clock police presence on the bridge. If  history is an indication SFPD will not be able to keep officers in the park forever. For now everyone is looking for a long term sustainable solution to the bridge and other pockets of crime in and around Dolores Park.

Griffin said he has been talking with Rec and Park, MUNI, Mission High and Supervisor Sheehy,District 8. They are all offering support. The captain believes “there is a holistic solution to this”, he talked about activating the bridge with music and arts, and downplayed the reports of a gang presence, “there are people up there with gang affiliation, street level pot dealers…”
Mostly he was asking for the community’s input. What are we seeing? What are our ideas?

Supervisor Sheehy has called for a community meeting to,“discuss public safety with SFPD and other City agencies operating in the park.”
“All neighbors are encouraged to attend so that we can have a discussion on how the City and community can collaborate together to make Dolores Park a safe and inviting space for all.”

Dolores Park Safety Meeting
Monday 6 PM, August 21
Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores Street, SF, CA 94110

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Dolores Park Film Night opens with Austin Powers

Tonight, Saturday, June 10 San Francisco Film Night opens in Dolores Park with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). This spoof on the fab 60’s and international espionage does seem appropriate for today.

Movie Night 06.10.17

Photo shop via @sfstation

 

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