SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Neighbors Agree on Renovation Plan

By John Wildermuth

After years of wrangling, the various groups that call Dolores Park home have agreed on a plan to remake a city green space that has been a victim of its own popularity.

“Is everyone happy? It’s San Francisco and there are always a lot of different opinions,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose district includes the park. “But we’ve got a pretty broad agreement on the design.”

As an oasis near some of San Francisco’s most densely populated neighborhoods, Dolores Park has been “loved to death by its community,” according to a report this month to the city’s Recreation and Park Commission.

More than 5,000 visitors crowd into the 16-acre park on a sunny weekend day, sunbathing on the lawn, tossing footballs, playing soccer, exercising their dogs or just hanging out.

“I moved back here five years ago from a big suburban home,” said Robert Brust, who chairs the Dolores Park Works advocacy group. “The park was going to be my outdoors.”

But in an urban area starved for open space, Dolores Park has become everyone’s backyard, drawing people from the Castro, the Mission, Noe Valley and other parts of the city, not to mention the Mission High School students across the street.

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