Everyone knows the bathroom situation in Dolores Park is shitty. You either wait 15-30 minute in a line for the luxury of relieving yourself in the noxious ruins of a once civilized bathroom, or risk getting busted by the cops as you spray down the Muni tracks.
But things get real bad during special events, notably during the Dyke March, when lubed-up revelers take their full tanks to the surrounding stoops and alleyways. Neighbors are fed up waiting for the city to maybe do something about it, so the “Valencia Corridor” neighborhood group met with Supervisor Scott Weiner and representatives from the Dyke March to figure our how to deal with the chaotic spillover.
First, allow the neighbors to sum up their concerns:
The Dyke March was started around 20 years ago as a political action by a relatively small, focused group of persons and, has gradually grown into the gigantic event it is today.
More so than any of the other large-scale events at Dolores Park, the March brings a torrent of pee down upon the streets immediately adjourning the Park.This we all know.
Nothing shocking here; neighbors are frustrated with The Great Flood that comes every time the lesbians come together to listen to dubstep. Seems legit.
See, the March packs the park with 20,000-30,000 folks, but only provides 50-75 portapotties. This is well under the required one plastic pottie-per-100 participants that most street fairs are supposed to have. The neighbors have a few ideas with how to deal with the problem: 1) help fundraise for more toilets, 2) get potties on blocks people usually pee on, 3) start the March earlier in the morning to cut down on afternoon debauchery, 4) more cops to keep people in check. All seem like reasonable, measured solutions to a sanitation problem.
However, they have a few more “creative ideas” to solve the pee problem once and for all, without getting cops and cash involved:
-turning the median on Dolores into a pee area by surrounding it with covered fencing, thereby facilitating privacy and squatting
-reaching out to the Burning Man community, specifically the Pee Funnel Camp, to help with volunteers and “equipment.”
What do you guys think? Are you down to pop a squat in the middle of a four-lane road? Or maybe lay down in the grass if that's your sorta thing?