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.
June 12 Rec and Park lead a tour of the newly renovated north side of Dolores and she looked great. New benches, new flowers, new grand path, more palm trees, fabulous restrooms and the lawn…a gourgous green carpet of a lawn, hiding fancy irrigation and drains. Here are some great photos from Mission Local’s Laura Wenus and a great video segment from Maureen Kelly, KRON4 news.
North field with the new restrooms on the left and Mission High behind the blue tennes courts.
Jake Gilchrist, project manager on the new lawn.
New restrooms, new benches and new paths.
“It’s a new park and a new way of park management”, Rec and Park trumpeted in April And yes, this is a big turnaround in the way our parks department manages Dolores. They are now very engaged. After much internal discussion and consultation with City officials; so I heard, the department has launched a major new plan. There are now two new Park Patrol officers assigned every weekend, new trash cans (to be deployed on June 18), a Recology funded and staffed recycling station and a big outreach/ public awareness campaign, #LoveDolores. The department is committed to fund and staff the recycling Pop-Up and the #Love Dolores Campaign through September.
Dolores sneak peek
Dolores Parks Works is proud to be a Campaign Partner in the #LoveDolores campaign. and we will be out in the park the first weekend of the newly renovated North End.
- #LoveDolores Outreach
- Sunday, June 21
- 2 to 4 P.M.
- 19th and Dolores Street Plaza
Please join your fellow Dolores Park stewards, on the ground and in the park representing the campaign. We plan to meet with and inform park patrons of the new trash plan, the Pop-Up recycling station, our new restrooms and ask everyone to take the pledge to Love Dolores.
By joining the community effort to support positive change at Dolores Park, to meet, inform, and urge park users to “Love Dolores” through positive and responsible park behavior you are part of the change.
rsvp to Robert@doloresparkworks.org
On Thursday, June 18 the renovated North half of Dolores will open and the well-worn South half will close. Jake Gilchrist, Rec and Park project manager for the Dolores Park renovation assures us that they are ready to make the planned simultaneous switch as promised. “The fence guys will be out first thing on the 18th”, Jake told us. The plan is to move the existing construction fencing away from the North side and fence off the South. This fulfills the department’s promise to always keep half of Dolores open during construction and allows the project to move ahead. How long before the entire park is finished? “We think it is going to be six months” Jake told us. The Dolores Park Playground will also remain open and accessable throughout the remainder of the project.
The official Love Dolores Celebration will start at 3 PM in the new plaza at 18th and Dolores with a Silent Disco. We are told the first hour or two of programing will be “for the children”.
- Love Dolores, Silent Disco Party
- 3 to 7 PM
- 18th and Dolores
The date has been set, the flowers are in, the grass is down, the cement is set and we are ready! Thursday, June 18 the “all -spiffed -up” North half of Dolores will be turned over to the people and yes Lord we are ready.
Rec and Park has organized a fun Silent Disco jam to start us off right, so reserve your headphones today!