Opening Celebration on March 31st!

Helen Diller Opening

You are cordially invited to join Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Scott Wiener, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Mrs. Helen Diller, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of Dolores Park Playground for the grand opening ceremony of Helen Diller Playground at Mission Dolores Park on Saturday, March 31st at 2pm. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, music, and entertainment for children and families.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
2:00 p.m. – Celebration Begins

2:30 p.m. – Welcome Remarks
SF Rec and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg welcomes Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Scott Wiener, former Supervisor and current Director of HOPE Bevan Dufty, SF Parks Alliance, Mrs. Helen Diller, Friends of Dolores Park Playground, city agencies, and parks advocates.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mayor Ed Lee leads a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Helen Diller Playground at Mission Dolores Park.

Feel free to share the invite with you family, friends, and neighbors. You can download the flyer here. 


With the help and generous donation of more than $1.5 million from the Mercer Fund in honor of San Francisco Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller, together with funding from the 2008 Parks Bond and the City’s General Fund, major renovation of the Dolores Park Playground has been completed. The site now has several unique and exciting features, including: a central play mound that will have an ADA-accessible suspension bridge, built-in slide and climbing nets; custom-made ship wrecked boats; and a 36’ super slide built into the natural hillside behind the playground. And in honor and appreciation of Mrs. Diller’s lifetime philanthropic work and community contributions, the playground is named the Helen Diller Playground.

Today, Helen Diller Playground is located in Mission Dolores Park, a 13.37-acre site in the Mission District and bounded by Dolores, Church, 18th and 19th Streets. During the community planning process for the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, strong community involvement through Friends of Dolores Park Playground and San Francisco Parks Alliance expressed support for a world-class playground for the children and families living in the Mission neighborhood.

The Mercer Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; a California nonprofit public benefit corporation.