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

Dolores Park remodel focus of Feb 29 meeting

The public will have a chance next week to provide more input into the proposed changes for Mission Dolores Park, the outdoor green space near the heart of the gay Castro district.

A sweeping remodel (seen in the schematic photo at right) is planned for the 13.7 acre public park, which attracts hordes of gay men to the “gay beach” on sunny days and offers stunning views of downtown and the bay. A new expanded playground area with a nautical theme and slide is already under construction.

And plans call for the demolition of the delapidated bathrooms in the middle of the park to be replaced by two new bathroom facilities. One appears to be built into the hillside near the 20th Street and Dolores Park entrance to the park, according to a recent architectural plan released by the park department.

One idea listed on the plans is to construct a pissoir, an open-air urinal for men. But its location has yet to be decided upon and is not marked on the map of changes that was released.

As the plan, derived from community meetings held last year, is further finalized, park officials are asking once again for the public’s thoughts.

A community open house will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 29 inside the cafeteria at Mission High School, 3750 18th Street. The entrance is on Dolores Street just north of 18th Street.

The public is invited to stop by anytime during the meeting to talk with the project team and learn about the proposal.

For more information visit the projects website here.

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 22, 2012 @ 7:17 pm PST
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