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Franklin Square. Photo courtesy of Recreation and Parks

Franklin Square Field Reopens After Facelift

San Francisco’s Franklin Square field is open again after a four-month facelift, the Recreation and Parks Department reports. The synthetic turf field was originally completed in 2003. Though turf can be played on in all weather and doesn’t need to “rest,” the field saw heavy use and after 13 years, needed renovation. The Recreation and Parks department not only removed...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Troubled Public Plaza Will Be Fenced Off To Divert Homeless

Plans for installing a fence around McCoppin Hub, a public plaza that has become a hangout for some of the city’s homeless, are underway with construction set to begin as early as next month. In a collaboration between various city agencies including Public Works and the Department of Public Health, a contractor is expected to deliver a final proposal and...
Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

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...
File photo by Jessica Naudziunas.

Developments in Development: Slice of the Pie

A short time in the future in a galaxy very similar to our own, where housing is the hottest commodity on the market, everyone is scrambling to hold on to or get in on the good stuff. Exhibit A: Corporate landlords want a slice of the Airbnb pie, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some of the nation’s biggest property management...
Rendering of a new parklet for Venga Empanadas!

Are Parklets in SF’s Mission Really Public?

If all goes according to plan, the Mission will have five new parklets, which are miniature parks that slightly extend portions of sidewalk into the street to offer decorative seating to the general public, by early next year. That would give the the neighborhood 16 parklets in total, with 13 on Valencia Street. The Mission’s 12 existing parklets make up approximately...
The site of the proposed park and affordable housing development. Photo by Alan Sanchez.

101 New Affordable Units Approved for SF’s Mission

Just five weeks after 1950 Mission Street was approved for 165 units of affordable housing, 101 new affordable units will be coming to the former parking lot at 2070 Folsom St. They will be built via a joint partnership between the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CDC). This brings the number of affordable housing units approved for the...
Doesn't Mission High look lovely? And that field...so perfect...

Sneak Peek at Dolores Park’s New North

Well, one thing’s for sure, you’ll never see the turf this pristine again. Dolores Park’s northern half is scheduled to reopen with a celebratory silent disco next Thursday, June 18. But today, the press got a little tour of the almost-complete walkways, bathrooms, promenade, courts, and field. Have a look:    
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Mission Eyes: 4/20 in Dolores

While Hippie Hill was crowded with revelers and getting trashed, Dolores Park was a haven for more laid-back cannabis consumers yesterday. It looked like it does on any other afternoon when Mission Local rolled up, but as the nominal hour approached, the park did fill with people and puffs of smoke. At 4:20 sharp, a cheer went up. Wafels were eaten,...
Illustration by Claudia Escobar.

Dolores Park Follies: Malicious Hammock

In the most recent episode of Parks enforcement drama at Dolores Park, we’re learning about the destructive power of inappropriate napping. Michael Libertin, a three-year San Francisco and former Mission district resident, was enjoying a lazy Saturday afternoon in a hammock he had slung between two trees when he was issued a citation under Parks Code 4.05, which prohibits “malicious defacement, damage or destruction...
File photo.

A $100,000 Joyride In Dolores Park

Dolores Park’s renovation has been plagued by delays and unforeseen roadblocks that include costly vandalism, but nothing on the scale of what happened this weekend. Recreation and Parks Department director Phil Ginsburg reported Thursday that two young vandals (“two idiots,” he called them) broke into the construction site on the north end of Dolores Park, hot-wired a construction vehicle, did some...
Opponents of Supervisor Wiener's legislation to close city parks from midnight to 5 a.m. gather at Dolores Park for the "Sleep-In," where about 50 people set up camp for the night.

Sleeping Outdoors in Protest

  Putting themselves in the shoes – and sleeping quarters – of the homeless who spend their nights in San Francisco parks, a group of some 50 people camped out in Dolores Park Monday night to protest legislation that will create a new curfew at all of the city’s parks. District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed the legislation, which the Board...
A man holds his dog in Dolores Park.

Supes Will Vote on Resolution to Oppose Restrictions on Dogs at Federal Parklands

The Board of Supervisors will vote today on District Supervisor Scott Wiener’s resolution to oppose the National Park Service’s new restrictions on dogs at federal parklands. Although largely symbolic, the resolution is one that has plenty of support from dog owners who rallied to Wiener’s support at a recent hearing and agreed with his vision of a dog-eat-dog world if...

Supervisor Wiener Calls for a More Balanced Dog Walking Plan

The ever-contentious discussion over where dogs can roam freely within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in and around San Francisco continues, as Supervisor Scott Wiener plans to introduce a resolution today that opposes the GGNRA’s controversial dog management plan. Concerned that the overhaul on dog use — introduced in 2011 and re-released last month by the GGNRA —will...
An inflatable park designed by Interstice Architects for Park(ing) Day 2013.

Parks Pop Up for Park(ing) Day

Friday morning a giant, inflatable bubble resembling a dinosaur egg occupied a parking spot on Valencia Street between 18th and 19th. Rather than signaling a potential reptilian invasion,  the structure designed by Interstice Architects  at 587 Shotwell was a participant in Park(ing) Day 2013, an international event that creates temporary public parks out of metered parking spaces. “Park(ing) Day advocates for...
Officials took questions and often heard statements of mistrust and resentment from the audience.

Locals Pack O’Connell High to Shape Parking Plan

On a recent Wednesday night, more than 100 people packed into the auditorium at John O’Connell High School, angry about a contested plan to meter parking spaces in the northeast Mission. This meeting was the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s chance to rectify the situation, to let residents know that they wouldn’t go forward with a new parking plan without...