Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Community invited to re-open Dolores Park next week

A new overlook at Dolores Park awaits its public debut. Photo: Rick Gerharter

A new overlook at Dolores Park awaits its public debut. Photo: Rick Gerharter

After being delayed due to inclement weather, the re-opening of the southern portion of Mission Dolores Park is now scheduled for next week.

The fencing around the popular public green space bordering the city’s Mission and Castro districts had been set to come down last Thursday, January 14, for an early evening party hosted by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

But it was cancelled due to rain. Now the unveiling and party is back on, this time from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 27.

According to the long-term weather forecast, the evening should see partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-60s.

As the Bay Area Reporter has previously noted, Mission Dolores Park has undergone a $20.5 million renovation to address a lack of bathrooms and irrigation issues. The project was begun in March 2014 with a complete overhaul of the open space’s northern section.

Work on the southern half, including the popular “gay beach” section near the intersection of 20th and Church streets, started last June. Walkways in the area have been repaved, new grass planted, and a new overlook was built facing toward the city’s downtown skyline and the Bay Bridge.

With the addition of a new bathroom built into the hillside near the children’s play area, as well as restroom facilities constructed near the tennis courts, there are now 27 toilets, up from the previous four, for park users.

The total does not include the new pissoir, or public urinal, the first such amenity to be installed in one of the city’s parks. It is located near the J-Church Muni stop across from where the new overlook is and close to the gay beach section.

The department released the below video invite online to encourage community members to attend.


— Matthew S. Bajko, January 21, 2016 @ 6:09 pm PST
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