Mission Dolores Park Opens Up North Side after Renovation
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of the north side of Mission Dolores Park after its recent renovation. North side of the Park will now be available to the public for the first time since its closure in March. This $20 million renovation is made possible by the 2008 Clean and Safe neighborhood Parks Bond. To celebrate this milestone, a Silent Disco party produced by Hush Concerts will take place from 3PM at the north side of the Park.
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Construction began in March, 2014 on the north side of the Mission Dolores Park. The overall improvements include the repair and renovation of the sport courts, construction of three new buildings which are two new restrooms, and a maintenance area; grass fields, and dog play area; restoration of existing roads and pathways; upgrades to subsurface infrastructure, irrigation and lighting, modifications to the site to remove barriers and improve accessibility; and overall reconditioning of the park landscape. Sam Francisco Public Works managed the Dolores Park renovation design team, provided landscape architecture and engineering services, and managed the construction project.
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Mission Dolores Park’s heavy usage has resulted in the park being “loved to death” by its community. Evidence of this can be found everywhere in the park: trampled plants, constant littering, compacted soil, overused restrooms, inadequate drainage infrastructure, and obsolete irrigation. There are more than 3,700 park users visiting Mission Dolores Park on a typical Saturday.
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On a busy weekend users of Dolores Park generate up to 7,000 gallons of trash. To address this issue SF Rec and Park, in partnership with Recology, have provided the Eco Pop-up, a staffed, large-scale recycling and compost disposal area, to encourage park visitors to recycle and compost their waste. The “Dolores Park Eco Pop-up” is open from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays, for the pilot period. At the pop-up, staff and volunteers help park visitors to separate beverage containers, pizza boxes and other picnic discards into separate metal bins designated for recycling, compost, and trash.
Prior to the Eco Pop Up, all of that went to landfill. It is widely known that proper source separation of materials before collection leads to greater processability of recyclable and compostable items as well as decrease of landfill materials.
A recent analysis has concluded that more than 65% of refuse in Dolores Park is either recyclable or compostable. The predominant recyclable items were glass bottles and plastic containers (cups, tubs, jars, etc). These materials can and should be recycled. As a result, SF Rec and Park’s staff, along with volunteers, have been encouraging people to take their discards to the Eco Pop-up. Now, the pilot program has been found that 74% of waste generated, have been successfully recycled and composted at Dolores Park. The success has exceeded the expectation.
The Eco Pop-up is one of the many steps that the City and Recology have taken many steps to improve the litter situation at Dolores Park with the vision to make Dolores Park a clean and enjoyable space open to all. The pilot program will continue throughout the summer.