Dolores Garden Club Returns Thursday

The Dolores Park Garden Club, an ongoing project of Dolores Parks Works, the Dolores Park Ambassadors and  Rec and Park Department will have it’s second event this Thursday, October 12, 10am.  Our aim is to help beautify Dolores with direct action. This new project will take our park stewardship to the next level. We are setting aside the battle against trash for the moment and are helping the Rec and park gardeners plant more flowers. Come join us in beautifying Dolores Park.

We are welcome highly skilled gardeners to novice, children as well as adults. REc and Park has all the tools and skills we need. Bring water, a hat, sensible shoes.

Dolores Gardeners at work on the bioswale, a garden built to capture runoff water from a natural spring. September 28, 2017

Dolores Gardeners at work on the bioswale, a garden built to capture runoff water from a natural spring. September 28, 2017

Volunteering in the park helps form connections with the park department workers, city officials and the park patrons and sets an example of respect for our parks. “Friends” of the park are an important link in the civic chain that keeps are parks vital, well maintained and safe. And gardening is fun!

  • Our second, and no less exciting Dolores Garden Club volunteer event
  • Thursday, October 12, 10am.
  • Meet up behind the tennis courts. We will knock off at noon.

Let me know if you can make it on the form below 

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Dolores Garden Club Ready to Launch

Are you interested in making a direct impact on Dolores Park? An opportunity to say, I planted those flowers! Dolores Garden Club will be that group, folks working directly in the Park. As a group, we will be assigned a planting bed to call our own. We will work with the Rec and Park gardeners to prepare the area, set out plants and care for our babies into the winter.

Volunteer Gardeners replanting Hidalgo garden in 2010.

Volunteers replanting Hidalgo garden in 2010.

Dolores Garden Club is a project of Dolores Park Works, Dolores Park Ambassadors and San Francisco Recreation and Parks. We have committed to three gardening days September 28, October 12 and November 9. All on Thursday mornings. If you can’t do all three, no problem. Let’s get dirty!

Let me know if you are interested in being part of this exciting new park project

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Police Look to Community and City to Help Solve Park’s Problems

The 3 PM shooting near Dolores Park’s 19th Street MUNI bridge got an immediate police response.  Last week Captain Bill Griffin, Mission Station SFPD give his take on the shooting. He promised not to walk away from Dolores Park. For now we will have an almost round the clock police presence on the bridge. If  history is an indication SFPD will not be able to keep officers in the park forever. For now everyone is looking for a long term sustainable solution to the bridge and other pockets of crime in and around Dolores Park.

Griffin said he has been talking with Rec and Park, MUNI, Mission High and Supervisor Sheehy,District 8. They are all offering support. The captain believes “there is a holistic solution to this”, he talked about activating the bridge with music and arts, and downplayed the reports of a gang presence, “there are people up there with gang affiliation, street level pot dealers…”
Mostly he was asking for the community’s input. What are we seeing? What are our ideas?

Supervisor Sheehy has called for a community meeting to,“discuss public safety with SFPD and other City agencies operating in the park.”
“All neighbors are encouraged to attend so that we can have a discussion on how the City and community can collaborate together to make Dolores Park a safe and inviting space for all.”

Dolores Park Safety Meeting
Monday 6 PM, August 21
Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores Street, SF, CA 94110

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Dolores Park Film Night opens with Austin Powers

Tonight, Saturday, June 10 San Francisco Film Night opens in Dolores Park with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). This spoof on the fab 60’s and international espionage does seem appropriate for today.

Movie Night 06.10.17

Photo shop via @sfstation

 

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420 Hits Dolores Hard

420 at Dolores

420 at Dolores Park. Photo by Lola M. Chavez via Mission Local

As long as 420 has been a thing Dolores Park has been a popular spot to celebrate the festive green holiday. The big change this year,  a bump in venders. Golden Gate Park’s Hippy Hill shit show was literally corralled with chain link fencing and requirements that all vendors apply for a permit. So, as Mission Local reports,  “What in past years was a free for all tradition now requires a city permit, and a group of Haight Street merchants stepped up and shelled out to provide the required amenities – increased bathrooms, medical services and extra cleaning crews.”

This left many budding entrepreneurs out of luck. One young vender explains her dilemma,

“I decided to hit up some friends and was like ‘yo, I’m going to try to see if I can sell some of my pastries [at Hippie Hill],’” said Keren Gutierrez, a Mission native. “I called in to Park and Rec and they told me they were having that whole permit thing. I asked if I can be a vendor and they said it’s too late, [applications] already closed.”

When I walked the park early Thursday afternoon dozens of venders were lined up along the 19th Street promenade. So I have to ask, is 420 going to become Dolores Park’s next annual mega event?

 

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