Serious things are about to be afoot in Dolores Park: half the 16 acre park is closing for renovations on Thursday for over a year.

As you may have already read in the digital pages of this publication, the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department will be fencing off the north half of Dolores for 14 months. This side contains the big, flat play field, the tennis courts, and the preferred chill-zone of the PBR-swilling, affectionately known as “hipster hill.” While the official ground-breaking took place earlier this month, the renovations begin in earnest this Thursday, March 13.

For countless frisbee players, birthday picnic-havers, and cannabis-edible enjoyers, today is going to be the very last Sunday Funday for quite a long time and time is running out for the Dolores Park we’ve come to know and love. To chronicle this momentous event, this end-of-era date, we’ll be live blogging throughout the afternoon detailing how park-goers are saying farewell to their favorite patch of grass. Reporter Rigoberto Hernandez will be on the scene shortly to keep us informed as events unfold and we’ll curate the best social media posts throughout the day.

Keep checking back here for updates. And feel free to send us tips and your photos by directing tweets to @mlnow or emailing

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare time he can be found riding his bike around the city, going to Giants games and admiring the Stable building.

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  1. Lol….what a joke! Glad there kicking out all the scum that come & trash the park….losers