Dolores Park to Close For the Entirety of Its Renovation

Following up on our hard-hitting journalism from Friday, Nicolas King, an aide to Supervisor Dufty, has confirmed that Dolores Park will be “entirely closed during its renovation.”  While he was unable to provide a specific date for its closure, the most recent project report indicates construction could begin as soon as August 18th, 2011 or as late as December 18th, 2011 and would be completed in 17 months.  Regardless, plan on kicking it elsewhere for 2012.

Kinda feel bad for Bi-Rite Creamery, since they are expanding the size of their shop and most of their customer base will be off smoking DMT and watching bros skateboard.  At least we'll get to have a kick-ass Irish funeral for the park on August 17th?

Calls to the Recreation and Parks Department were unreturned.

Comments (30)

Thank God!!!!! A little bit of fresh air without the gays slamming down their alcohol and drugs. It’s gotten to be out of hand during the summer months. Tons of 20 something yr. old mindless sex- twinks from the Castro, decend on Dolores Park, and sit there, drinking, playing their AWFUL GAGA MUSIC and CRUISE for sex! I mean really, don’t they get enough of this in the Castro? What kind of adult are they going to grow up to be?
All of my neighbors are THRILLED to get a break from these sexual predators!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve, you’re a moron. I suppose you and your neighbors are all bourgeois upper class business professionals that have imbued themselves so far into the capitalist system you have forgotten how to have fun. Not only that, have apparently repressed the fact that the legacy of San Francisco is one that allows for openness to other ways of living. This may be a very liberal white notion of equality that only seeks to render everyone the same, but at least it’s not reduced to the kind of homophobic stupidity that you subscribe to.

Dearest Joxci. You’re so kind to share with all of us, how you feel about yourself. That was the best form of PROJECTION I’ve ever heard deary. I’m not homophobic, I’m a Castro Business Owner, I’m just FED UP with the superficial younger generations values. BULLSHIT with your so-called SF legacy for openness.
Go to Haiti and do some volunteer work. :)

hey steve - time to move to walnut creek, asshole!

I would destroy you with a searing reply, but I just slammed a crystal-clear bag of meth and am heading to the park now…

you’re the typical Castro-Fag with your bag of crystal-meth, yeah go to the park you seedy excuse of a human!

you are a jerk you gay hater!!
you from Alabama??

steve. youre lame.

Steve is obviously a troll. Yall need to get better at internetting.

oh, excuse me? get better at internetting? you’re probably 20 or 30 something, walks around with your ipod, blocking out reality, goes home and spends HOURS cruising the internet for TRASH or what you would call “dates”..hahhahahaahhaaa

Steve darling - as a “Business Owner,” you really should know how to spell the word “descend”. Spelling correctly may better assist you in passing yourself off as the professional you attempt to perpetrate.

hey Steve, if you are that frightened by homosexuals, you might think about not living 6 blocks from the Castro….

me frightened by homosexuals? come on chalkman, I’m a big old fag that likes younger dudes..late 20’s early 30’s..all american-geek look. I’m a bodybuilder and and “out” gay man. I’d swim in a river of snot for a hot tall blonde Geek w/ glasses…yumm!!!!!!!

Whoa, I want some of whatever Steve is on: a drug that apparently makes you think you’re funny, with relevant things to say, when you’re really just a rabid old prick.

That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard on this insipid site….”A RABID OLD PRICK“….if you ever saw me, you’d fall on your knees and beg me to shove my “rabid old prick” up your bung hole…!

Wow. Steve is the perfect example of what seems wrong with the Castro. Back when Steve was the same kind of fag he hates on now, his generation moved to the Castro, gentrified the place, turned it into a world famous gay Disneyland, upped the property values (and rents), and then became old, square NIMBYs! You see it walking down the street, a bunch of older gay men– which is fine– but many of them have become square, and probably ruined the Castro for the youngsters. I’ll tell you, if I were gay, people like Steve would be the bane of my existence, ruining my community. annnnyways……

… Surely there must be a session for public comment about closing the park. Also… it DOES need a new bathroom and other renovations, but these can and should be done in a more efficient way, without closing off the park entirely.

How would they even close the park off? Put a giant concrete wall around it? Chain-link fence with barbed wire? You think a simple ‘do not cross’ plastic line is going to keep hundreds of people out? Are the cops going to ticket every single person? They’ll never be able to shut the park down.

Steve sounds just like the type of ‘person’ as the current district 8 supervisor, always siding with the nouveau rich who butter his ass.

troll troll troll, steve’s a troll….or an attention whore, or both!

You must be a pretty sad person, Steve. I feel bad for you. In fact, I wish I knew where you lived so I could give you a big hug. That or maybe just take a shit on your front porch.

I wonder why can’t they close it in pieces? Is this going to be another Union Square job?

Closing it in pieces, or phasing, will dramatically increase costs and lower the net benefit of the upgrades.

Apparently the dirty smelly hipsters of Dolores are also impatient too.

Yes, lots of shiny marble and chrome with a two story parking garage underneath. Now your thinking J.

Did you check with Mary Hobson, Project Manager for RPD for the DP renovation rather than just Nicolas King at Sup.Dufty’s office? If you had, you’d learn that the reno will be done in TWO stages, and that while the two stages are 1) the childrens’ playground 2) the rest of the park, Rec&Park will look for ways to do the work in more stages so as to maximize access even during the work.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to have you say at the public meetings to begin in May or June.

Mary Hobson refuses to return our calls.

I seriously doubt that. She is rather forthright and one of the better project managers I have met. The truth of the matter is that King was speaking without any real information on the matter; the bonds haven’t even been sold yet so how can any plans have been put forward?

If you feel like dabbling in the world of reporting/bloggin again, I recommend getting your facts straight and not jumping on the bandwagon of rabble-rousers.

All in all I have been VERY disappointed with how people have been repeating these false statements and the knee-jerk reaction the misinformed public has to them.

There is going to be a meeting regarding it;

“the Parks Department in collaboration with Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s office will host the first official public meeting on the upcoming Dolores Park renovation project. Titled “Shining Light on 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Projects: Mission Dolores Park”, the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 3, 6-8 pm at the Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores St.”

you can find more information here.

All of you should shut up.