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Community Meeting: Upper Douglass Dog Park
February 19, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
On Thursday, February 19, 2015, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener along with SF Rec and Park will be hosting an Upper Douglass Dog Park community meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Noe Recreation Center. We will go over the recent December rainstorm, current conditions of the park, and provide updates on maintenance plans and potential improvements moving forward.
To provide some background on the Upper Douglass Dog Park, the current site used to be an old quarry and thus the natural slope was artificially flattened, which now causes rainwater to sit below the soil and flat part of the park since it cannot penetrate the stone below. This has led to drainage and irrigation issues for years.
On December 11, 2014, the San Francisco received a record 4.1 inches of rain in a span of less than 24 hours, the most amount of rain for December in history and the third greatest calendar day of rainfall for any month in the city. The record rainstorm backed up sewer systems and there was flooding throughout the city.
Despite this, we are pleased to report that the field at Upper Douglass Dog Park successfully drained the large amount of rainfall within a little over 24 hours, as it was designed to do. In the past, it would have taken weeks for the field to drain, or perhaps longer, depending on weather conditions.
Along with the soil, irrigation and drainage repair upgrades provided by the Friends of Upper Douglass Dog Park’s $153,000 Community Opportunity Fund grant, an additional $330,000 (2008 bond funds) provided by SFRPD helped to fund the installation of drainage sand channels throughout the park. Both park projects have led to the improved drainage system at the Upper Douglass Dog Park.
Mother Nature’s weather cycles present times to both thrive and time to reenergize and prepare for the future. This winter, as stated and widely supported by the community, along with our weekly Thursday Park closures for maintenance, we will be closing the park through March 15, 2015 in order to protect the investment as well as to ensure that the soil and turf are prepared for the heavy traffic and longer days in spring. The park will reopen on March 16. In addition, we are looking into the possibility of tree removal at the southern end of the park which will allow for greater sunlight and help with improving moisture levels on the field.
We look forward to speaking with the community as we all strive to work together to maintain and improve this community asset.