Community members discuss their ideas for Dolores Park

Building underground facilities, blowing up the clubhouse and a creating a zigzag promenade were some of the suggestions heard at the second Dolores Park workshop this week. But the most common desire expressed: More bathrooms.

The workshop was a follow-up to the first meeting, on June 2, in which neighbors brainstormed ideas for the park.

Dolores Park has $7.9 million available for renovations because of the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, passed in 2008.

The latest workshop was intended to turn ideas expressed at the last meeting into more concrete planning. Participants had 45 minutes to place their ideas (in the form of cardboard cutouts) onto a map of the park.

A design for Dolores Park made by community members.

Divided into 11 groups, people also had a chance to “design” their ideal park. The designs included an amphitheater, a “multi-use field” and a different orientation for the basketball court.

The scene was a chaotic one. “We need a BBQ pit,” said a woman at table seven. “Don’t forget the fences for the dogs,” said another.

Another table discussed adding extra benches. “We need to make sure they are made awkwardly to prevent homeless people sleeping on them,” said one man. “Homeless people sleep in the park anyway,” answered another.

The architects, who plan to combine the 11 designs into a final plan, were looking for elements that people agreed on. Common themes will be integrated and random ideas discarded. This means the zigzag promenade probably won’t make the cut.

If the common themes from this meeting do make it into the final plan, Dolores Park can expect a bathroom next to the children’s playground, a multi-use field behind “hipster hill,” (aka fixie meadow) and the undergrounding of some facilities.

The next meeting will be held August 4, when landscape architects will reveal their designs based on community input, and ask for feedback.

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Octavio Lopez Raygoza

Octavio Lopez Raygoza hails from Los Angeles. Lured by the nightlife, local eateries, and famous chilaquiles, Raygoza enjoys reporting in the Mission District. Although he settled in downtown San Francisco, he spends most of his time in the Mission.

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