Hundreds of people came out to play at the newly renovated playground at Dolores Park on Saturday afternoon. There was free Bi-Rite ice cream, face painting, live performances and a lot of playing at the swings and slides.
Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Scott Wiener and former Supervisor Bevan Dufty attended Saturday’s reopening ceremony, as did Mission Police Captain Robert Moser.
It took six years to renovate the playground, Dufty said.
“Sidney was six months old when we had our first meeting about this playground,” he said, referring to his daughter, who he held in his arms at the ceremony. “Let’s look at this project and see what we can do to speed up other projects in the city.”
The new facility is called the Helen Diller Playground in recognition of the $1.5 million donated to the project by Diller and her family, long-time Bay Area residents who are committed to advancing education, science and the arts.
“We had a couple of overarching goals — first, to create a truly unique, artisan playground, and second, to help keep families living in and enjoying San Francisco,” Jackie Safier, Helen Diller’s daughter, said previously.