A Snapshot Report from the Dolores Park Construction Site

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

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!

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The Dolores Park Works Summer Celebration

A fundraiser to support the stewards of Dolores Park we built this city

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.

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$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:

Nina Nakao a DP Volunteers

  • 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.


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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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