Dolores Park Renovations Means Half the Park Will Be Closed For 1.5 Years

The city unveiled their planned schedule for the Dolores Park Renovations last night, and, unfortunately, we're going to have to give up a half of the park in two phases starting in February 2013 and ending way down the road in July 2014.

Here's their schedule:

  • Sept. 2012: Prep work phase construction begins
  • Dec. 2012: Prep work phase construction completion
  • Jan. 2013: RPD Commission awards construction contracts for Phase 1 & 2
  • Feb 2013: Phase 1 [the southern half of the park from 19th to 20th streets, including the clubhouse, the Fruit Shelf, picnicking areas, and the dog park] construction begins
  • Aug. 2013: Phase 1 construction substantial completion
  • Sept 2012: Phase 2 [the northern half from 18th and 19th streets, including the tennis courts, Tallboy Terrace and Hipster Hill] construction begins
  • July 2014: Phase 2 construction substantial completion

So starting in September, we're going to be sharing the park with heavy machinery and security guards for two long years.  How this will effect our daybeers and truffle economy remains to be seen.

Comments (12)

It will be a huge bummer having half the park closed for so long–but remember that a year ago they were talking about closing all of the park for renovations at once. I was at the meeting where that was a big and contentious issue, so with the phasing, they are actually listening to what people want.

Nothing holds Rec and Park feet to the fire on meeting these deadlines. The experience on the other Mission Park, is that they will be years late in meeting the schedule.

Mission Playground at 19th and Valencia, was the very first park on the February 2008 Clean and Safe Bond fund. (Same money as DP) They are so far behind schedule, and they have kept the park closed about 3 years, rather than the 9 -12 months promised.

Keeping the park closed for years, benefits the plan to privatize the parks, that Chicken John has been talking about. Mission Playground used to have a strong community backing it, and it would have been hard to privatize. But now after 3 years closed, the community is gone, and its going to be politically so much easier for rec and park, to turnkey the newly 7 million dollar place newly renovated place to a non-profit that is a friend of the the right people.

I live across the street from MP. It has only been closed about a year but they are behind schedule. Chicken is right about them wanting to privatize the Parks. Can’t Mayor Lee oust Ginsburg and put somebody in charge of Wreck’n Park who doesn’t want to sell them off?

well, considering that the avg cycle that people seem to stay in SF is 2-3 years, 1.5 years seems like an eternity. for those of us here longer than that, 1.5 years isn’t so bad.

Look people, it’s not the end of the world. There are countless other beautiful parks ready for the reaping in SF. Including a park that is only rivaled by NYC’s Central Park (and is fact better in my opinion), Golden Gate Park.

It means more to some people than it does to you, obv. Some compassion?

That statement misses the whole point about why Dolores park has become so popular these last 6 years or so. Golden gate park pisses on Central park anyday day of the year, but with a huge ranger population,tourist,hippie hill making the place “hot”and a lil thing we call fog,its not really a great place to drink beer/smoke cannabis. altough on those fog free days I have heard people calling the garfield statue at the conservatory of flowers”new dpark”.

Not to mention the whole micro economy of the mission. what about Bi rite ice cream sales? What about the few hundred to a few thousand each bussiness makes off of the beating heart of Dolores park? I think the park is part of the reason for the uptick in new bussiness in the valencia/mission. Not the other way around.

The park was packed before bi-rite creamery was running, pre 1995 it was disputed drug turf, 1995-1997 the dog people in the neighborhood turned it around, then park and rec cut down the underbrush, 1998 was the first time i heard about playground renovations. 1998-2002 was the golden age for locals, you could go to the park and throw a baseball or frizbee without worrying about hitting people. Some people have pointed to 2002 as “the year that dolores park broke”….and point to the world cup being televised. I think it was people just figuring out that the weather was great, youmcould smoke and drink without getting hassled, and it was the greatest people watching in sf

What you describe is not the way I experienced the history of Dolores Park, over those years.

One of the great things about Dolores Park, different people are able to enjoy it in different ways. And I would particularly dispute the dog story. The dogs have been the greatest harm and drag on the park. They should be charged for using the park.

So how does your DP timeline go?

Mid 80’s.

The people came to the park because of the drugs. You got it wrong, the dogs kept people away.

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