We are Just Going to “Do a Switch”

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
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North Side Of Dolores Park to Open June 18th

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!

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Rec & Park to Unveil Dolores Park Action Plan

The Recreation and Parks Department will host two “Dolores Park Action Plan meet ups / community outreach / training / status report / opportunity to participate / all around What’s Up With The New Park? events” this Tuesday.
We expect to hear an update on the statuses of the new park and a target opening date. But more importantly, info on the department’s plan to manage and maintain our shiny new park and our new role.

So shinny and new yet, very familiar.

So shiny and new yet, very familiar.

It’s a new Park and a new way of park management.
Come learn about the capital project, the campaign to keep the park green and how you can be a part of making Dolores great. -SF Rec and Park

Dolores Park Action Plan Invite
note, the morning meeting has been canceled
Please rsvp for the afternoon meeting here.

Tuesday, April 28 2015
1:30 to 3 pm
at 18 Reasons
3674 18th Street

Or the evening meeting here.

Tuesday, April 28 2015
6:30 to 8 pm
Dolores Park Church
455 Dolores Street

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Recycling Station Lands at Dolores

“Staff and volunteers at the popup will separate beverage containers, pizza boxes and other items discarded from picnics into separate metal bins designated for recycling, compost and trash.”
Did you just say pizza?

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Park renovation moving ahead despite vandalism

Despite recent setbacks construction at Dolores Park is moving ahead.
Important highlights include:

  • The North Restroom is 99% complete. New toilets, sinks, and hand dryers have all been installed.
  • The clubhouse will start demolition on Monday, and will last about 1 month.  The construction fences have shifted in order to include a safe and secure perimeter around the building during this demolition.
  • Operations Building is complete and the Rec & Park team is moving in.
  • Final stretches of pathways will be paved in the next one to two weeks.
  • Site lighting is almost complete, and site signs and furnishings will be installed shortly.


The vandalism on Valentines weekend caused about $100,000 in damage and will likely delay the reopening of the north side of the park.  The majority of the damage was incurred when the vandals hot-wired the construction equipment and drove across the newly installed turf and concrete, damaging the equipment, the new grass lawn, and portions of newly-placed concrete that hadn’t fully cured.  The vandals broke portions of the irrigation system, crashed into building and site walls, and started a fire in the new maintenance yard.  Two arrests were made by the SF Police Department. The contractor is still assessing the damage and the ramifications to the project’s schedule.

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