After the awkward and disastrously weird incident at the Mission Playground last Thursday between neighborhood kids and DropBox employees, the S.F. Latino Democrats will be hosting a meeting at 518 Valencia Wednesday night. One of the items on the agenda – the soccer field at Mission Playground.
The club will be considering plans to ask the city to drop the pay and play policy for city soccer fields.
“We love San Francisco and are grateful to call it home,” Cheyenne King, a spokesperson for Dropbox wrote in an e-mail. “That’s why we were disappointed to learn that a couple of our employees weren’t respectful to this community. The employees involved are embarrassed and have apologized. We’re sorry, and we promise to do better.”
King also referred to the tweet apology by Jean-Denis Greze.
Park and Rec told Mission Local last week that adults only scheduled and paid for 185 hours last year. At $27 an hour, it’s unclear if the $4,995 benefit to the city makes it worth the conflict that they can cause. In contrast, youth teams used the field for more than 4000 hours – for free.
What happened on the Thursday of the incident was essentially a clash between two cultures – one accustomed to permits and another to free play. The team wearing Dropbox t-shirts paid for a permit and wanted to use it. The youth team was accustomed to a tradition at the field in which two teams play until the first goal is scored and then the losing team is replaced by the team next in line. In that way, everyone gets to play and no one pays.
According to Sfist, the organization has planned a protest for Thursday at 9 am outside City Hall to reject the reservation policy of Parks and Rec.