Dolores Park is Opening!

In 2 short weeks, the north side of the park will reopen! It’s time to celebrate! Please join us for an opening celebration on Thursday June 18th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. In the spirit of Leave No Trace, the opening celebration will be a Silent Disco Party. Wireless headphones will be loaned to attendees … Continue reading

SF Gate: Fixing the culture problem at Dolores Park

By Elizabeth Creely Roughly 30 concerned neighbors gathered at the event space 18 Reasons Tuesday for an event hosted by San Francisco’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Among the collection of local employees, neighbors and merchants, was an air of seriousness in the room, which suited the matter under discussion: … Continue reading

SFist: Rec & Parks Produces Goofy PSAs To Encourage Proper Trash Disposal, Bathroom Use

By Jay Barmann The Rec & Park Department hosted a pair of meetings Tuesday to engage concerned neighbors about their new “action plan” for dealing with the park’s ongoing popularity, and its trash problem. And as Mission Local reports, Sarah Ballard, the department’s director of policy and public affairs, admitted, … Continue reading

SF Appeal: Waste-Sorting System Unveiled To Help Dolores Park Picnickers Stop Littering

By Bay City News A pop-up recycling and composting system was unveiled today in response to an abundance of litter left behind by picnickers at San Francisco’s Dolores Park. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the waste management company Recology, has placed large containers on Dolores … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Update

The last 2 weeks have shown incredible progress at the park, with large sections of grass sod placed. Our on-site staff and contractors are constantly stopped and asked if it’s artificial turf. To clarify:  it’s real grass! There is still work to be done in the north half, including finishing the sports … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Sod Installation

Today is another big construction milestone at the park – the remaining sections of the north side of the park are receiving grass sod. The contractor should finish the installation this week, and then repair the sections that were damaged by last month’s vandalism. Check out photos and use this link to view a short video of today’s … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Updates and Vandalism Reports

Construction at Mission Dolores Park is still moving ahead, despite the recent vandalism to the construction site during the weekend of February 14. The vandalism caused about $100,000 in damage and will likely delay the reopening of the north side of the park. The majority of the damage was incurred when … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Construction Updates

Happy New Year everyone!  It’s been a little while since our last post, so we have a lot of updates to share. Despite the heavy rains in December, the contractor is moving ahead with the project.  The Operations & Maintenance building is almost complete, with our operations team planning to … Continue reading

Vandalism at Mission Dolores Park

Sadly, Mission Dolores Park has seen a big rise in graffiti and vandalism recently. The Recreation & Park Department has reached out to SFPD’s Mission Station to help control the problem. KTVU captured the vandalism in a recent story – click here to watch. Dolores Park is beloved park by many San … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Sneak Peeks

Curious about what’s going on inside the fence?  Here’s a few photos of the recent progress. This first one shows the contractor getting ready to dig footings for the multi-use court:Plumbing is in at the North Restroom! The sidewalk on Dolores Street is almost complete. This section is close to 18th … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Palm Tree Transplant

If you were at the park last week, you may have witnessed another amazing construction moment – the transplanting of 2 mature palm trees. Here’s how they did it: Step 1: The crew, led by palm experts, tie up the palm tree fronds & excavate the root ball:  Step 2: the … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Photos

We couldn’t be more excited about these construction photos!  The new accessible pathway has been installed, the concrete at the plaza and promenade are almost finished, and the North Restroom has a beautiful cedar ceiling: Exciting finishes will be installed in the next couple of weeks and we will continue to add more photos … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Dolores Street Sidewalk Repairs

The Mission Dolores Park contractor will be repairing the sidewalk on 18th Dolores Street between 18th and 19th Streets starting Monday September 8th. The sidewalk will be closed for about 1 week during this process. In fact, pathways around the entire park are continuing to take form. This photo is of the … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Construction Updates

The past couple weeks have provided some beautiful construction photos. Above is a view of the north field, where the soil piles are quickly being removed. The new field will soon be leveled and ready for its state-of-the-art drainage system. Below is the new North Restroom during construction of the roof. Finally, a big reveal … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – The Mexican Liberty Bell Gets a New Home

Check out this great time lapse video of the Mexican Liberty Bell moving into its new home! While on the crane, the bell was weighed and came in at 15,000 pounds. The bell is an important part of the history of the park and will be the central feature of the improved 19th Street Plaza. Curious to know … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Upcoming Construction Alert

The Mission Dolores Park contractor will start construction early this Thursday morning, July 10th. Alten Construction will be pouring the concrete foundation for the Operations & Maintenance building near the corner of 18th and Church Streets. The concrete pour will start at 4:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. There … Continue reading

Construction Check-In at Dolores Park

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 … Continue reading

Curbed SF: 5 Amazing Parks to Visit While Dolores is Under Construction

The weather is currently stunning, which usually would mean heading to Dolores Park for some picnicking and people-watching. But with big swathes of the park out of commission for construction and renovation, you may be in need of some other park options. Luckily, there are lots of other parks not … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Renovation

By John Wildermuth (Photo via The thousands of visitors who cover just about every inch of lawn at Dolores Park on sunny weekends will have to squeeze a little closer for the next 14 months. The Mission District park, one of the city’s busiest and most popular recreation sites, is … Continue reading

Community Message at Open House: Happy Our Plan is Moving Forward, Please Manage Construction Carefully

After nearly a year of environmental review, the community members attending the Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Open House were happy to see the design is moving forward with few changes. They also pointed out that the next challenge is publicizing and managing the construction process to minimize disruption of … Continue reading

Dolores Park Project Open House Wed. Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30PM

In the last year, the Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project has moved forward through environmental review and documentation.  The project team is now ready to share the updated plans with you and the entire park community. Please join us for a Community Open House this Wednesday, February 6th from 5:30-7:30 … Continue reading

Dolores Park Rehabilitation and Improvement Project Open House Rescheduled

The Dolores Park Rehabilitation and Improvement Project Open House, previously scheduled for Thursday, September 27,  has been rescheduled to a date to be announced later this fall. The Rehabilitation and Improvement Plan is progressing through the Planning Department’s environmental review process. This is taking a little longer than expected, so … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Project Progressing through Planning Department Reviews; Project Open House Announced for Thursday, September 27th

The Mission Dolores Park Rehablitation and Improvement Plan is progressing through the Planning Department’s environmental review process. In addition, a peer review of the historical evaluation process is also taking place. To keep everyone posted on the project’s progress and answer any questions that have come up, we have scheduled … Continue reading

Helen Diller Playground at Mission Dolores Park Now Open!

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today the grand opening of Helen Diller Playground in Mission Dolores Park. Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Scott Wiener, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Mrs. Helen Diller and family, San Francisco Parks Alliance, Friends of Dolores Park Playground, and park advocates gathered … Continue reading

Complete Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plans Enthusiastically Received at Open House

At a Wednesday night Open House, the Dolores Park community gave the complete Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plans two thumbs up–for accurately representing all the community’s decisionmaking and for bringing together everyone’s ideas into a beautiful design.   Community members also provided dozens of comments confiming their support and suggesting further refinements. … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan Open House: Opportunity to Review Complete Plan and Construction Calendar

On Wednesday, February 29th everyone in the Dolores Park community will have an opportunity to review the complete park rehabilitation plan and the proposed construction calendar.   Please join us at the Mission High School Cafeteria at the corner of 18th St. and Dolores St. anytime between 5:30 and 8:30PM on the evening on of the 29th.  The location is … Continue reading

Next Steps for Proposed Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan: Review, Approval and Implementation in 2012

After a full year of participatory community design in 2011, the proposed Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan is ready for commission and environmental review and then implementation.  The Dolores Park community worked intensely through the fall to complete the proposed Rehabilitation Plan.  In the final community design workshops, participants resolved the … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Rehabilitation Project Workshop Rescheduled to October 20th

The Mission Dolores Rehabilitation Workshop scheduled for Thursday, October 13th has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 20th because we recognized that the public may not have been adequately notified of this particular meeting. The final workshop is still scheduled for Thursday, October 27th.  The time and place of both workshops remains the same: 6:00 in the … Continue reading

Review the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan at Workshops on October 13th and 27th at 6:00 in the Mission High School Cafeteria

The entire community will have the opportunity to review and refine the Dolores Park Rehabilition Plan at two final workshops on Thursday, October 13th and Thursday, October 27th in the Mission High School Cafeteria (the universally accessible entrance is on Dolores St. just north of 18th St.)   Both meetings will … Continue reading

Dolores Park Community Reviews and Revises Draft Park Rehabilitation Plan

On last Thursday evening at Mission High School, over 100 Dolores Park community members gathered to review and revise the first draft of the Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan (click link below).  The draft plan was the first attempt to bring together all the collective planning the community has done … Continue reading

First Draft Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan to be Reviewed and Refined at Thursday, August 25th Workshop

On Thursday, August 25th at 6:30PM in the Mission High School Cafeteria, the Dolores Park project team will present the first draft of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan.   The goal of the session will be to review the draft plan to be sure it captures the desires community members expressed in … Continue reading

Get All Caught Up on the Dolores Park Planning Process: Check Out Notes, Materials and Results from Workshops 1 & 2

As we enter the crucial decision making phase of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project planning process, now is a great time to review the notes, materials and results of Workshops 1 and 2. If you didn’t have a chance to participate in the earlier sessions, these materials will get you all … Continue reading

Key Dolores Park Workshop This Thursday August 4th at 6:30 at Everett Middle School

The third Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project community workshop will be held this Thursday, August 4th at 6:30PM at Everett Middel School, 450 Church St. between 16th and 17th. The workshop entrance is off the school parking lot located on 17th St. just west of Church St. The entrance and meeting … Continue reading

Decision Time: 2 Key Dolores Park Workshops Coming in August

In August, the RPD and the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Steering Committee will be hosting two important workshops to set the direction of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan.  The workshops will be held Thursday, August 4th and Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 at a location near the park to be announced … Continue reading

June 30th Workshop to Follow-up Successful Kickoff of Dolores Park Community Design Process

On June 30th at 6:30pm in the Mission High School Cafeteria, the Dolores Park Project Steering Committee and RPD will host the second Dolores Park community design workshop.  During this session park users and neighbors will vote to determine the priorities of the project and then work in small groups … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Hosts First of the Community Workshop Series for Dolores Park Improvement

Friday, June 3, 2011 Contact: Phone: 415-831-2796 Email: SF Rec and Park Hosts First of the Community Workshop Series for Dolores Park Improvement More than 100 community members participated in the first workshop SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) hosted the first of community workshop … Continue reading

Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Steering Committee Working to Ensure Everyone has a Voice in the Park’s Future

The Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Steering Committee met on Thursday night to prepare for the project’s kickoff workshop on June 2nd.  The Steering Committee includes representatives of over 20 park and neighborhood organizations, local businesses and park user groups—from Dolores Park Works and Dolores Park Dogs to the Mission Dolores … Continue reading

Location Confirmed! Dolores Park Renovation Kickoff Workshop

Thursday, June 2nd 6:30-8:30pm Mission High School Cafeteria On Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30, the community will gather for the first of a series of workshops to plan the renovation of Dolores Park.  Everyone is invited to participate.  At this first workshop, community members will brainstorm a wish list for … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Improvement Updates and Outreach Committee Meetings

Hello Everyone, We will hold our first Outreach Steering Committee meeting for the Mission Dolores Park Improvements on April 27 at 6:30pm at Dolores Park Church (455 Dolores St). This is not a major public meeting and we will not be presenting design ideas. As we have been meeting with … Continue reading

Quick Update With More To Come Next Over the Next Two Weeks

Over the past several weeks we have been busy meeting with Dolores Park Dogs, neighborhood merchants, our own operations staff, and other community groups. I’m looking forward to upcoming meetings with the Dolores Heights Improvement Club, PODER, and the disability community. One idea that came up recently is to include … Continue reading