Mission High School, viewed from Dolores Park.

Well, one thing’s for sure, you’ll never see the turf this pristine again.

Dolores Park’s northern half is scheduled to reopen with a celebratory silent disco next Thursday, June 18. But today, the press got a little tour of the almost-complete walkways, bathrooms, promenade, courts, and field. Have a look:

Dolores Park Project Manager Jacob Gilchrist enjoying the view from the top of the promenade
The brand new tennis courts in all their colorful vibrance.
Since the playground will stay open while everything around it is being renovated, visitors will enter it through this fenced-off walkway.
There are still a few items that need to be taken care of before the park reopens, including tending to some light fixtures, touching up the stairs on the promenade, and planting two $25,000 palm trees next to the bell.
A field frozen in time, never to be seen like this again.
Pawprints engraved on pavers along the grass indicate an off-leash dog play area. It stretches from the promenade to the 18th street entrance, to the crest of a small incline.
And if the pawprints aren’t clear enough, there is more direct signage.
This walkway is intended to be the main point of entry for tennis players. Park managers are working on devising a more efficient queueing system for the courts.
The view down from the stairway over Church street to 18th. In total, the park renovation will cost around $20.5 million
The entrance to the operations building, whose walls are almost entirely hidden to prevent vandalism. The old ops building, on top of the bathrooms, had to be repainted so often that the layers formed an almost quarter-inch thick crust.
A multi-use court, expected to be popular for bike polo and other sports, sits above the new operations building.
Pavers are given a little wash along the 18th street entrance.
Dolores Park renovation project lead Jacob Gilchrist leads the tour.
The first footprints disturb the perfect turf laid in the northern half of the park.
Eventually a permanent fence will separate the park from the tracks.
One of the innovations 18th street merchants have procured to try to combat littering. This is a crowler, a beer can whose top can be removed and replaced easily for refills. Note the “Love Dolores” sticker, part of an awareness campaign by 18th street merchants.
A sort of beltway across the middle of the park, next to the promenade, serves as the staging area and will remain closed off.
Local fauna enjoying the park before the people flood in.
On the corner of 18th and Church, new bike racks are ready to keep cyclists’ rides safe.
Freshly wrapped benches await unveiling.
There will be two single-occupant restrooms and one multi stall restroom for each gender. A divider on the inside will close off some of the stalls during low-use days to cut down on maintenance time.
The entrance to the men’s restroom. 14 total stalls will be available in the northern half at full capacity.

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4 Comments

  1. I see they took down the old trees by the cable car is. Those trees have a lot of memories. If you did it just right no one could see you hiding in them. Those were the days.

  2. I wish it had looked this good when I attended Mission High School – back in the day (1947-1950) But it was very nice then and we enjoyed it very much. It looks more spacious and open now…….

  3. Park and Wreckage still does NOT have a maintenance plan for Dolores Park. The neighbors have been requesting a maintenance plan for four years. Too bad Park and Wreckage senior staff have a major attitude problem and have persistently refused to create a maintenance plan for Dolores Park, or for any other Rec & Park facility in San Francisco County. As of June 18th, Park & Wreckage did spend a few minutes throwing together a half-assed maintenance plan. But, there are so many omissions as to render the so-called Park & Wreckage maintenance plan a joke. So, they spend more than $20 million dollars renovating Dolores Park. But, they have no plan to maintain it??? Typical bureaucratic B.S. Thank you Park & Wreckage General Manager Phil Ginsberg.

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