Dolores Park Renovations Are Good to Go

The planning process has had its ups and downs (remember that crazy proposal to astroturf Tallboy Terrace? I already miss the salad days of Dolores Park goofbaggery), and the project is nearly a year behind schedule.  But, according to Dolores Park Works, there's an stakeholder's agreement on the final proposal and a rough timeline as to when they'll break ground:

The final planning documents will be released in late February or early March,  and construction should begin this Fall, 2013. Rec and Parks new prediction for completion is Fall 2014.

According to Rec and Park, this revised plan includes improved ADA-compliant entries and pathways, renovated sport courts (including a new multi-use court), a new operations building beneath the basketball court, 2 new restroom buildings, removal of the current operations/restroom building, proposed improvements to the MUNI tracks, safe crossing across Church Street, entirely new irrigation and drainage, new picnic areas, a completely renovated multi-use field, 2 improved dog play areas, and overall rehabilitation of the landscape. This plan will be substantially the same plan approved in the community meetings over a year ago.

Originally, they were planning on taking 18 months to renovate, which would have had us lose two assuredly memorable summers of day-drinking, so this revised timeline is welcome news.

In the mean time, the Park's Department has been busy battling scrap metal thieves who have been dismantling the playground and cleaning up unwanted body parts.  Good times.

Comments (8)

A dozen gringos play bike polo once a week and Rec & Parks builds them a court. Meanwhile not a single tennis court will be converted to a soccer cage where 7v7 could be played.

Maybe soccer players should have gone to the planning meetings?

They’re probably too busy playing soccer at the new Mission Playground field.

Or working.

Well the new Mission Playground field hosts very active and good quality 7 on 7 games. Most of the time there is two teams playing, and one team that substitutes for the losers when a goal is scored. The lingua franca is Spanish at these games. The MPG field that host adult 7 on 7 is much bigger than the combined two tennis courts at MPG. A tennis court size field would even be small field for 10 year old Futsal league. Jose Coronado should get the same turf as MPG,.

Anybody know how many months it took them to do the playground?

It has potential to be a FEMA Camp.

10 year old futsal gets played on a full sized basketball court