A girl gets ready to go down the big slide at the Helen Diller Playground which reopened Saturday.

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.

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Hélène Goupil

Hélène Goupil is a former editor at Mission Local who now works independently as a videographer and editor. She's the co-author of "San Francisco: The Unknown City" (Arsenal Pulp Press).

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  1. “We had a couple of overarching goals — first, to spend more on a playground than some entire city budgets,but we also wanted to take the park back from all those pot smoking hippy dippys with their drum circles, having tons of kids around should also make the bikini clad gays go away so we think its a win win for the Noe Valley community!” Jackie Safier, Helen Diller’s daughter, said previously. Expect to see dozens of DRUG FREE ZONE signs around the park. Enjoy your Marina Girl Salad cause we all live in the Marina now!