The City will provide more frequent and extended weekend trash service to Dolores Park in response to last weekend’s trashing. Additionally, the Recreation and Park Department will order three porta-potties for the popular park.

Eric Henderson, Rec Park’s operations manager, told Dolores Park Works that he doesn’t see a downside to having the porta-potties in the park before summer.

“I have tried to minimize the number of porta-potties in the off-season, both for budgetary and aesthetic reasons. However, their benefits far exceed any negative impact that they might have and we are definitely ready for the full summer complement,” he said.

City agencies are also arranging for a “trash monitor” to keep an eye on the trash piles where parks department staff consolidate trash before Recology picks it up.

These are services that Rec Park and Recology typically offer during the summer, but it appears they will be available immediately, following last week’s trashing of the park.

Robert Brust of Dolores Park Works writes that letters poured in to Supervisor Scott Wiener’s inbox after last week’s particularly trashy weekend.

Fox News posted a fabricated story based on our post about the Dolores Park trashing and one by SFist about the trashing of Fort Mason. The Fox News website erroneously blamed the mess on “green activists.”

[Source: Dolores Park Works.]

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  1. Here are some of the details of the augmented summer service that Eric Andersen, our Park Services Manager just posted to the Rec and Park blog. Many thanks go to Recology for their expanded summer service:

    In order to meet peak summer demand at Dolores Park, there will be augmented trash pick up and porta pottie services put in place. These service changes will be in place for this coming weekend, and continue throughout the busy summer months.

    Recology is instituting an evening trash pickup service at 7 pm that will address the high level of trash generation that occurs as patrons leave the park. In addition, Recology will continue last years program of deploying a roving staff person to clean up around the heavily impacted ‘street can’ trash stations on the perimeter of the park. This roving clean up service is scheduled for afternoons and evenings on Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays. Thanks to Recology for this expanded service!

    6 porta pottie units are now in place at 19th and Dolores for use throughout the summer. This is a continuation of last year’s summer service that was effective in reducing restroom lines during our busy season.

    RPD will have its usual complement of staff on duty Saturdays and Sundays to ensure that morning park clean ups are carried out effectively on the weekends.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Eric Andersen, Park Services Manager.
    Park Service Area 6 (Mission and Bernal Hts Neighborhoods).
    San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.
    501 Stanyan St., San Francisco, CA, 94117.

  2. Many Dolores Park visitors and revelers try to do the right thing. If we all try a little harder, If Rec and Park does their best, Dolores will continue to be a beautiful and pleasant place to visit.
    It is wonderful that Recology and the Department of Public works are helping out with mountain of trash. – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  3. I think there should be fines associated with littering. I think it’s a despicable thing to do. we need to bring back the anti-littering campaigns of the 70’s. If I see someone doing it, I always say something.