Back in June we reported a lot of exciting stuff was about to happen with the Dolores Park Improvement. Well it’s begun.
Let’s start with tomorrow morning, 4 AM. Yes 4:00 o’clock, in the as it’s still dark 4 AM. The contractors will begin to pour the floor of the new maintenance building near the corner of Church and 18th. We are told to expect some noise. Yo Vinny!
DPW moving the Liberty Bell, July 9, 2014.
New cement is in for the 19th Street promenade.
Today, the Department of Public Works relocated the Mexican Liberty Bell (replica) slightly closer to Dolores Street. Check out this great time lapse video of the Mexican Liberty Bell moving into its new home!
We also have big pours going on for the new 19th Street promenade, the North Side Restroom and the MUNI bridge stairway.
As always, I get all my news from Rec and Park and the project management team, Jake Gilchrist and Cara Ruppert. Jake tells us that the construction company has been very diligent in keeping the project from adversely impacting the neighborhood. For example, extra care was taken to wet down the site during Pride Weekend. If there are any concerns or complaints as this project moves forward, we have been asked to give them a call.
Forms for the MUNI Bridge Stairway.
With some support from Mayor Lee and marathon negotiations at the SF Board of Supervisors, The City budget now includes a big increase in staffing to keep parks safe, with 17 out of the 25 staff requested for Park Patrol, plus $100,000 more for tree maintenance. This is not everything asked for in Scott Wiener’s Safe, Clean, Green and Safe Budget enhancement package, but it goes a long way and we are declaring victory. After years of budget cuts and stagnation for the Parks Department this is a breath of fresh air.
“Keeping our parks and public spaces clean, green, and safe is a basic municipal responsibility, yet City Hall hasn’t prioritized this need in the city budget,” said Supervisor Wiener.
The final budget also includes $750,000 more for doubling Dept. of Public Works staffing to clean public space, adding another crew to keep transit stations and surrounding areas free of debris, waste, and graffiti. Thanks to Supervisor Wiener for the original proposal – and thank you for all your calls and emails to support a cleaner, greener, safer San Francisco!
Dolores Park Works Summer Celebration is today, Saturday and we have only few tickets remaining. Tickets will be available on-line till noon today. The remaining tickets can be purchased at the door as space allows. So far, our campaign has raised $2,700 towards our goal $3,000.
All money raised goes to our Dolores volunteer clean ups, the “Respect the Park” campaign and advocacy for a Safe, Clean and Fun Dolores Park. All contributions are tax-deductible. Your money supports:
▪Park Clean Ups – In 2013, we organized and hosted 12 volunteer lead clean ups of Dolores Park. That’s 430 hours of donated park maintenance. This season we are planning even more clean up events. With your help, we are launching a regular monthly Dolores Park volunteer day and will continue to reach out to local businesses, schools and social organizations for their invaluable help.
Marriott Hotels Bay Area Team pitching in.
▪Park Advocacy – We advocated and petitioned for the first semi-permanent port-o-potties to help supplement the failing toilets of Dolores back in 2009. And we will be there when we cut the ribbon on the two new high-capacity restrooms in 2015. We have worked with SF Rec and Park from the inception of the Dolores renovation project and we will continue to monitor and steward Dolores even after the ribbon cutting on our new park.
Groundbreaking for the Park Renovation.
▪Park Respect– Dolores Parks Works is working with Rec and Park on a campaign to get out our message of a sustainable park, “Pack it in and Pack it out!”
Kimberly Kiefer and David Burnet, SF Rec and Park Volunteer Services
Cara Ruppert from Rec and Park Capital Management Division posted this update to the Mission Dolores Park project page yesterday:
At this moment in the construction process, a lot of “ground work” is occurring, including laying down the drainage systems, trenching for utilities, and grading for the new paths and sports courts. In the next couple of weeks, you’ll start to see some exciting above-ground improvements. A lot of concrete will be poured next week, including the new steps on the park-side of the bridge and the 19th Street promenade paving.
Central Plaza East of Bell on June 6, 2014
Following those, the contractors will be relocating the Mexican Liberty Bell at the 19th Street plaza, and the north restroom and operations building walls will be poured. The park’s improvements will start to become increasingly obvious and these milestones will be the first time we’ll see some of the final “above ground” design elements and materials.
Summer is busy at Dolores Park – enjoy the park and all the special events that are happening this summer! Respect your neighbors and respect the park – remember to take your trash with you and follow the posted park rules. Get Out and Play!
A fundraiser to support the stewards of Dolores Park
Dolores Park Works Summer Celebration fundraiser is Saturday, June 21 from 3 to 6pm at 18 Reasons, 3674 18th Street. Money raised will help our Dolores volunteer clean ups, the “Respect the Park” campaign and advocacy for a Safe, Clean and Fun Dolores Park. Special guests are Scott Wiener, district 8 supervisor and Phil Ginsburg, Rec and Park general manager. Our generous sponsors are –
Tickets are available now on Eventbrite, till noon. Tickets will be avalable at the door till the room fills.
$35 for basic entry and a $100 VIP ticket. A VIP ticket will include invitations to special events throughout the year, the VIP Gift Bag and recognition at The Dolores Park Party and on our web-site. Your money helps support:
- Park Clean Ups – In 2013, we organized and hosted 12 volunteer lead clean ups of Dolores Park. That’s 430 hours of donated park maintenance. This season we plan to to do even more. With your help, we will be organizing regular monthly clean up and will continue to reach out to local businesses, schools, social organizations and local corporations.
- Park Advocacy – We advocated and petitioned for Port-o-potties to help supplement the failing toilets of Dolores back in 2009. And we will be there when we cut the ribbon on the two new high-capacity restrooms in 2015. Our goals is to maintain Dolores as a jewel of San Francisco.
- Park Respect– Dolores Parks Works is working with Rec and Park on a campaign to get out our message of a sustainable park, Pack it in and Pack it out!
Get your tickets today! This event will sell out. Questions?
Contact us here.