Dolores Park

Dolores Park Follies: Paid Lawn Reservations

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has begun to allow reservations of parts of Dolores Park — for a fee ranging from $33 for groups under 50 to $325 for those larger than 400. Interested groups must complete an application and pay a $200 security deposit. A graphic on the department’s website shows eight areas available for reservation from 10 a.m....

Families of Police Shooting Victims Walk In “River of Sorrow” Through SF’s Mission

Family and friends of three men shot by police officers visited the sites of the shootings in a Sunday morning procession they dubbed the “River of Sorrows.” The procession is part of an ongoing effort to keep the shootings in the public eye and to foster a sense of community among their families. The extended family of Luis Demetrio Gongora...

Locals Flock to Dolores Park to Celebrate 4/15

In what they called a “direct response to gentrification,” at least 100 people gathered in Dolores Park to celebrate 415 Day, or Frisco Day. The celebration was called by a  group of loosely affiliated residents under the name Solidarity Forever. It was created specifically for San Francisco natives and long-term residents, who arrived to watch Aztec dancers open the event...

Police Shooting Protest Interrupts Sunday Streets

Some 40 or so protesters gathered this morning at 11 a.m. at Dolores Park near 18th Street to protest the fatal police shooting last week of 45-year-old homeless man Luis Gongora. Gongora was shot and killed on Thursday after police say he lunged at them with a 13-inch knife. Several witnesses have disputed that account, however, saying Gongora’s knife was at his...

Dolores Park Follies: Problematic Pissoir

You’ve already heard about it, you might have seen it, and you may even have smelled it: The Dolores Park pissoir has been attracting national news coverage — but did you know the city might be sued for it? A Christian legal nonprofit based in Sacramento called the Pacific Justice Institute is zeroing in on the little corner of the...

It’s Back! Pics from Dolores Park’s Reopening (and Aftermath)

At last. After $20.5 million and several years spent on renovations, Dolores Park’s southern half reopened Wednesday evening, marking the first time in years that the whole park has been open to visitors. Chain link fences came down in the morning, and in the evening park fans arrived to savor the views and to participate in a little glow-in-the-dark revelry....

Dolores Park’s “Eco Pop Up” Deemed Successful

After a study last spring showed that 65 percent of garbage discarded at Dolores Park could have been recycled or composted, the Recreation and Parks department initiated a new approach to sort waste produced at the park to make sure less of it went to landfills. The eco pop-up, a series of large containers manned by Recology staff on weekends and holidays who...

Developments in Development: Bubbling Along

Maybe I got a little excited last week with some talk about how tech might be slowing down and housing prices might come down with it – SocketSite says Bay Area home prices are still going strong and actually surged in December and Curbed cautiously predicts a return of climbing rents. Still, USA Today, ABC7 and the Chronicle all had...

Dolores Park Glow-in-the-Dark Reopening Rescheduled

Mark your calendars, park lovers: Dolores Park’s long-awaited south side reopening has been officially rescheduled for Wednesday, January 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. after rain delayed the date, originally set for last Thursday. The northern side’s reopening in the summer was marked by a silent disco – the southern side will get a glow-in-the-dark bash. Attendees are asked to...

Dolores Park Opening Postponed, New Date TBD

Looks like Dolores Park party animals will have to wait to bust out their glow sticks: The Recreation and Parks Department sent notice this morning that weather will postpone the park’s reopening and the glow-in-the-dark party that was supposed to accompany the unveiling of the park’s southern half. A new date has yet to be set, but rain is forecast for every day...

Police Seek Man Missing from SF Mission

San Francisco police released a statement today seeking the public’s help in finding 32-year-old Matthew Wastrodowski, who was often seen in the Mission. Wastrodowski was last seen, according to police, at 1 p.m. on December 7 at Clay and Walnut streets, and has not been seen since. He was a frequent visitor to Dolores Park and would go to the...

SF Bans Glass in Dolores Park, Alcohol Not So Much

The Love Dolores campaign, a partnership between park officials and local merchants, has set its sights on a new target: removal of all glass from Dolores Park.   “Glass can fall and break, and it’s a hassle to clean up and causes a hazard,” said Sarah Ballard, director of policy and public affairs at the Recreation and Parks Department. “The...

Tree Set on Fire in Dolores Park, Robbery on Valencia

A sunny afternoon in Dolores park apparently wasn’t warm enough for one visitor, who ended up in the hot seat when he was arrested for tree arson. The 37-year-old man apparently lit the base of a palm tree on fire with a lighter around 3 p.m. on Thursday.  Police showed up and arrested him. The tree was partially burned, but...

Dolores Park Trashed After July 4th Celebrations

At the end of a full day of visitors at Dolores Park on Saturday, the lawns were in pretty good shape and most of the trash had been picked up, but that changed later at night after dozens of revelers celebrated July 4th. By 6 a.m. today the park was awash in trash. “This has to stop,” said the supervisor cleaning up the...

Robot Serves Up Sandwiches at Dolores Park

The latest food to stand in line for in San Francisco? Robot-made sandwiches at Dolores Park. This afternoon’s line formed as two engineers and one culinary chef set up their Bistro Bot and started churning out PB&J’s and nutella and fruit sandwiches with various garnishes. Jay Reppert and Hamid Sani, the two engineers of the robot, and Steve Ilttell, a chef, are just...