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Dolores Park “Eco Pop-Up” Deemed Successful

To mark America Recycles Day (yes, that’s a thing and yes, it’s today), Rec and Park announced that the Eco Pop-Up at Dolores Park has been successfully diverting the majority of waste produced in the park away from landfills and will return in spring. The Eco Pop-Up consists of several large recycling, compost and trash dumpsters at the Dolores Street...
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Man Stabbed in Group Attack in Dolores Park

Police report a 25-year-old man was running through Dolores Park from a group of 10 men at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday. Having reached the intersection of 18th and Church streets, the man fell and the men began punching and kicking him, then used an edged weapon to stab him in the upper torso. The victim was transported to the hospital in...
The July 20, 2016, Pokemon Go crawl at Dolores Park. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Pokémon Players Invade Mission District

Hundreds of people and their smartphones descended on Dolores Park on Wednesday evening for the first ever San Francisco “Pokémon crawl,” a walk from the Mission District to the Embarcadero for players of “Pokémon Go,” their booze and Pikachu costumes, and accompanying police escorts. “It’s a good time, it’s cool, it’s a little disorganized,” said Don Nguyen, a 30-year-old software...
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Community Letter: Disappointed by Mark Leno

StormMiguel Florez is a filmmaker and artist who wrote this open letter to State Senator Mark Leno in response to the Senator’s remarks at Friday’s Trans March, where he and other politicians were shouted off stage.  Dear Senator Mark Leno, I am writing to you as a trans Latinx person who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for...
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What You Missed Over Pride Weekend

San Francisco leaders were booed off stage at Dolores Park where Pride weekend was kicked off with Friday’s Trans March. Here’s a list of other stories you might have missed: Up until the fire that displaced 58 people, the Graywood Hotel was managed by a housing startup that has a history of marketing SRO rooms as group apartments for young professionals....
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SF Trans Celebration Boos Pols and Says No to More Police

Pride Weekend began Friday afternoon with more than a 1,000 or or so revelers gathered in Dolores Park to celebrate with a Trans March that included signing, poetry and politics. Mayor Ed Lee and Scott Wiener arrived and they and other political leaders were were promptly booed off the stage before being able to speak to the crowd. Ashley Love, a transexual journalist, was...
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Rec & Park to End Paid Lawn Reservations at Dolores Park

News of a lawn-rental pilot program at Dolores Park quickly attracted controversy and political debate on Monday and by Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced he had worked out a deal with the Recreation and Parks Department to end the rental of lawn space. “Despite this program being consistent with long-standing policy in Dolores Park, I do share concerns about reserving...
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Dolores Park Follies: Paid Lawn Reservations

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has begun to allow reservations of parts of Dolores Park — for a fee ranging from $33 for groups under 50 to $325 for those larger than 400. Interested groups must complete an application and pay a $200 security deposit. A graphic on the department’s website shows eight areas available for reservation from 10 a.m....
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Families of Police Shooting Victims Walk In “River of Sorrow” Through SF’s Mission

Family and friends of three men shot by police officers visited the sites of the shootings in a Sunday morning procession they dubbed the “River of Sorrows.” The procession is part of an ongoing effort to keep the shootings in the public eye and to foster a sense of community among their families. The extended family of Luis Demetrio Gongora...
Kay Smith (left) and friends attend 415 Day. Photo by Laura Waxmann.

Locals Flock to Dolores Park to Celebrate 4/15

In what they called a “direct response to gentrification,” at least 100 people gathered in Dolores Park to celebrate 415 Day, or Frisco Day. The celebration was called by a  group of loosely affiliated residents under the name Solidarity Forever. It was created specifically for San Francisco natives and long-term residents, who arrived to watch Aztec dancers open the event...
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Police Shooting Protest Interrupts Sunday Streets

Some 40 or so protesters gathered this morning at 11 a.m. at Dolores Park near 18th Street to protest the fatal police shooting last week of 45-year-old homeless man Luis Gongora. Gongora was shot and killed on Thursday after police say he lunged at them with a 13-inch knife. Several witnesses have disputed that account, however, saying Gongora’s knife was at his...
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Dolores Park Follies: Problematic Pissoir

You’ve already heard about it, you might have seen it, and you may even have smelled it: The Dolores Park pissoir has been attracting national news coverage — but did you know the city might be sued for it? A Christian legal nonprofit based in Sacramento called the Pacific Justice Institute is zeroing in on the little corner of the...
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It’s Back! Pics from Dolores Park’s Reopening (and Aftermath)

At last. After $20.5 million and several years spent on renovations, Dolores Park’s southern half reopened Wednesday evening, marking the first time in years that the whole park has been open to visitors. Chain link fences came down in the morning, and in the evening park fans arrived to savor the views and to participate in a little glow-in-the-dark revelry....
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Dolores Park’s “Eco Pop Up” Deemed Successful

After a study last spring showed that 65 percent of garbage discarded at Dolores Park could have been recycled or composted, the Recreation and Parks department initiated a new approach to sort waste produced at the park to make sure less of it went to landfills. The eco pop-up, a series of large containers manned by Recology staff on weekends and holidays who...