2014 Film Night In Dolores Park Schedule

All Film Night in the Park shows start about dusk, 8:30 to 8:45 pm.

Yes there will be movies in Dolores Park this year. And if there isn’t something for everyone, it’s not because the good folks at Film Night in the Park  didn’t try.

Saturday, June 14th: Ghostbusters

Saturday, June 14th: Ghostbusters

Saturday, August 2nd: Clueless

Saturday, August 2nd: Clueless

Saturday, September 27th: American Hustle

Saturday, September 27th: American Hustle

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Supervisor Wiener Proposes Clean, Green and Safe Budget Package

 Supervisor Scott Wiener announced at last night’s public Dolores Park meeting that, along with a community coalition, he is pursuing a package of budget enhancements designed to keep public spaces clean, well-maintained, and safe.  Joining Supervisor Wiener to support these enhancements are Friends of the Urban Forest, San Francisco Beautiful, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

 Over time, the City’s budget investment in basic cleaning, greening, and safety services for parks and public spaces has been dramatically reduced.  The proposed budget package would begin reversing these cuts.

 Proposal will fund hazardous tree care in City parks, protect parks from property damage, graffiti and illegal dumping, and enhance cleaning and landscaping services for sidewalks, plazas, medians and other public spaces.

Doubling the size of Park Patrol ($2.6 million) to address rampant vandalism, dumping, graffiti, and other violations in city parks.  Currently, Park Patrol is so dramatically under-staffed that, at any given time, only 2 officers are on duty to patrol 220 park properties.  As a result, park rules are largely unenforced.  Moreover, the Recreation & Park Department pays more than $1 million a year to address vandalism, dumping, and graffiti in parks.

Enhancing the Department of Public Works’ ability to clean public spaces and maintain landscaped medians and plazas ($2.7 million)to address the filthy condition of many public spaces by restoring staffing to pre-recession levels and adding special cleaning crews for BART/Muni stations, which frequently stink of urine, feces, and vomit.  The allocation would also increase DPW’s landscaping capacity to pre-recession levels in order to improve the department’s ability to maintain landscaping on medians, in plazas, and in other greened public spaces.

 Enhancing Rec & Park’s ability to maintain park trees and prevent them from becoming hazardous by collapsing or dropping branches ($2 million).  Rec & Park currently has very low arborist staffing and only has the ability to perform routine preventive maintenance on 750 of its 130,000 trees every year. This lack of maintenance capacity has led to significant deterioration of park trees, with frequent tree collapses and dropped branches.  The inadequate maintenance of park trees is a significant public safety issue, placing people and property at risk.

“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. “Instead, the city has cut these functions and, despite the best efforts of our city staff, has allowed our parks and public spaces to deteriorate.  It’s all too common to smell or step in urine, feces, or vomit in our plazas, on our sidewalks, and in our transit stations.  Our parks are being trashed due to lack of security.  And, we aren’t adequately maintaining our park trees and city-owned landscaping.  We have a responsibility to keep our parks safe, to maintain our park trees, to clean our public spaces and transit stations, and to maintain our city landscaping.  It’s time to put our money where our mouth is and invest in keeping our public spaces clean, green, and safe.”

“This is a great opportunity to start addressing safety and security in our parks,” said Matt O’Grady, Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Parks Alliance. “After years of general fund cuts, the Recreation and Park Department badly needs more funding for these basic services to maintain our world class parks system. The Parks Alliance strongly supports this proposal.”

Contacts:  Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org

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Dolores Park Safety Meeting Tonight

The special meeting on a plan to improve maintainance and safety for Dolores Park is tonight, Wednesday May 14 at Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores (off Dorland), 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The Park issue is not the only item on the agenda and will not be taken up till at least 7 pm.

Phil Ginsburg has responded to our letter requesting support for a plan to improve conditions at Dolores and there are some bright spots. The Parks Department is fulling supporting a request to increase Park Patrol budget that will fund a vigorous policing of our parks. The department is also in support of our plan to bring more trash monitors into the park on weekends. Though we are asked to find the funding. And finally, the Parks department is working on “a very effective public campaign” to reduce the trashing of our parks. We are looking forward to tonight’s discussion. The full text of Phill Ginsburg’s responce  to our request  is here.

Meet us at:

  • Dolores Park Church
  • 455 Dolores (off Dorland)
  • Wednesday, May 14
  • 6:30 pm
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Dolores Park Special Meeting this Wednesday

We reached out to the San Francisco Rec and Park and Police and they have responded. A public meeting organized by Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association (MDNA)  and  lead by an outstanding group of Rec and Park and City representatives  will be next Wednesday, May 14.  We will discuss possible solutions to the worsening trash,vandalism and public security problems at Dolores Park. Meet us at Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores (off Dorland), 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

  • Scott Wiener, District 8 supervisor
  • Campos, District 9 supervisor
  • Captain Daniel Perea, SFPD Mission Station
  • Phil Ginsburg, Rec & Park General Manager
  • Jake Gilchrist, Rec & Park Project Manager for Dolores Park Renovation
  • Marcus Santiago Senior Park Patrol officer
  • Michelle Pallavicini, RPD Park Service Captain
  • Isabel Wade, founder of San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council
BiRite Clean Up, May 8, 2014

BiRite Clean Up, May 8, 2014

Robert Brust, chair of Dolores Park Works,  who recently joined MDNA will help lead the discussion. Peter Lewis, co-chair MDNA said “Visitors should be able to have a peaceful time enjoying the beauty of the park. ”

We are making progress. Local Mission Station is now talking with Park Patrol representatives. Dolores Park gardeners have told us they are now very focused on controlling the source of the trash more than the aftermath. And local residents and merchant have told us they are prepared to contribute towards better security and upkeep of the damaged playground. We can get this done! Come to this important meeting of the MDNA and help solve this worsening problem. Please spread the word.

Don't Trash Me

Don’t Trash Me

Summery of an open letter to Rec and Park:

We need your help and leadership concerning a worsening set of problems in Mission Dolores Park.  Public intoxication, after hours vandalism, increased homeless camping, out of control trash and occasional violence continue to plague the park.  Here are our ideas so far.

- Extended Rec and Park presence in Mission Dolores Park during peak weekends  hours.  Both SFPD and RPD Patrol need to coordinate their efforts in and around Dolores.

- A Trash Plan – Add two more RPD janitors to monitor trash pickup inside the park on the weekends from noon to 8 pm.  Lead a public education campaign involving other departments to inform park patrons of their role in a clean, safe and fun park.

- After hours Security – Install security cameras around the children’s playground, add more lighting  and install a small fence with a time-locked gate.

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It’s a Party, Save the Date

Dolores Park Works Summer Celebration, a fundraising party to support the stewards of Dolores Park will take place on 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 Supervisor Scott Wiener and Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. Wine, beer and bites  generously donated by Bi-Rite, Delfina, Dolores Park Cafe, Namu Gaji, and Cervecería de MateVeza.

18 Reasons

18 Reasons

$35 Friend of Dolores and $100 VIP tickets are on sale now. We hope you can make it!

Or contact us to
VOLUNTEER
  We need help with ticket sales and day of the event door and raffle sales, bartenders,  servers and cleanup.

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