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Neighborhood Park or Shoreline Amphitheater?

In Community on April 15, 2009 at 11:31 am
North Lawn at 8am, Monday

North Lawn at 8am, Monday

The seasons first mega event in Dolores Park was last Sunday, and the Park was hit hard.

Mission Mission published a snap of some of the dozens of trash piles that dotted Hipster Hill on Monday and the comments section went off.  What Pigs! Something has to be done!  Are we in for another summer of back to back Mega events?  One park neighbor wrote

“…the sheer number of people at DP is out of hand. It is a NEIGHBORHOOD park people, not SHORELINE amphitheater, or the Polo fields at GGP. At some point the CITY needs to get some cojones and either manage the events at the park OR disallow events.”

Well Rec and Park, at the urging of the City, is quietly putting in place a plan to get the most over loved park in town under control. Permits for events at Dolores now are infinitely harder to obtain. All requests to hold an event at Dolores now have there own on-line reservation form, separate from other Rec and Park reservations.  Even if you want to reserve a picnic table you must now go through the new Dolores channel.

The Dolores Park reservation stress that alcohol and BBQ’s are not allowed.  A separate sound permit is required.

Last month, the Parks Department brought in a new manager  to oversee the booking of major events, Dana Ketcham.   Ketcham is in the process of bringing major reservations into the 21st Century. Her office is in Pioneer Cabin in the middle of Golden Gate Park, a rustic and quaint relic, tucked in the trees on the way to Stow Lake. It is the home to what was fast becoming and even more quaint reservation system.

We are half way through the process”, Ketcham explained. When it is complete she hopes to be able to have a real time record of all applications and  a list of approved and denied permits. An up to date calendar of Dolores Parks events will then be posted. (Dolores Park View has recently attempted our own version of a calendar)

Applications are being reviewed twice a month by Ketcham, and Park area supervisors, Bob Palacio and Adrian Field.

Redbull trash....least we forget.

Redbull trash....least we forget.

With this new order, the department hopes to be able to limit the number of major event in Dolores to no more then, “two a month, ideally. ” Ketcham explained. Right now there are many events that have already been booked and some that have a long standing tradition in Dolores Park, so this goal may not be reached this year.  “We are trying to deflect some of the big events out of Dolores Park and into other venues. We are trying for a balance between a neighborhood park and a special event park.” Ketcham  told  Dolores Park View, ” People have heard you guys.” But it is up to the community to decide where this balance should be she cautioned. I agree.

  1. Hey, guys, there is one very important support group you forgot to put on your PARK SUPPORTERS list: SafeCleanGreen Mission Dolores, one of the first groups besides Friends of Dolores Park and Dolores Heights Improvement Club to advocate for the care and wise use of our jewel of a park, and particularly for limiting it’s use to more pastoral activities. As someone said: DP is a neighborhood park, not Shoreline Amphitheater. We are particularly concerned about trash, graffiti, general abuse by people who appear to have no connection or respect for the fact that Mission Dolores is an overwhelmingly residential neighborhood, and A MAJOR LIMITATION OF AMPLIFIED EVENTS.

    Please add to your list of PARK SUPPORTERS.

    Thank you,
    Gideon Kramer
    Steering Group Member and Co-founder

  2. Thanks Gideon. I have rectified my oversight. SafeCleanGreen is definitely one of the major players in the good fight for a better Dolores Park

  3. I spent many a happy hours at dolores park during my holiday in SF. I come from a country where it is open park spaces are rare. I wish people would appreciate what they a lovely greenpark when they can hang out, where kids can play, where they can even have their dyke rallies and stop littering.

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