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Symphony and Sunday Streets will Share

In bicycles, Community, Mission Dolores, Up Coming Events on July 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Sunday Streets in the Mission will have a second go at freeing up our neighborhood’s streets for civic space and outdoor play this Sunday. And immediately following, at 2pm just as the streets reopen, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra will perform for free in Dolores Park. Quite a day.
“We are talking with them (the Symphony) and Sunday Streets has no programming planned for Dolores Park anyway”, Susan King, coordinator of Sunday Streets told us. Susan will cede Dolores Street in front of the park to the Symphony and center most of Sunday Streets activities out on the streets or at Garfield Square (26th and Harrison). Susan told us she will have people out on Dolores helping the symphony if necessary. “We have a pretty good spirit of cooperation between us.” Susan said. The activity guide for Mission Sunday Streets will encourage people to check out the Symphony after the event (look for it in the weekend Examiner,  out on the street or check here). Susan expects Dolores Park to be crowded and so do we.

Dolores will be Closed

fair warning this time. don't forget to move the car.

The Symphony’s return to Dolores is great news. The Opera after all has decided to skip the Mission this year. And the park is looking good, as good as can be expected after the Dyke March and a rather hot Fourth. Problems with an aging irrigation system are coming to a head this year and are being exacerbated by a failing water supply system. But, our rec and park guys are rallying and, as I said, the park is looking good. Which is good news indeed, because this is an important weekend. 


photo by paul furman

photo by paul furman

The fear that Sunday Streets would be just another event that would overwhelm the Mission neighborhoods now seems to be gone as well. To be replaced by an acceptance that this event is the neighborhood. This is also very good news. The first Sunday Streets in the Mission was a great success. This is our event now. Let’s have some fun and welcome back two of best events Dolores Park hosts.

Sunday Streets, the Mission is on Sunday, July 19, 10 am till 2pm.
Please note that cars will be towed from  the route starting at midnight Saturday Night.

SF Symphony in Dolores Park





San Francisco Symphony will play Dolores Park Sunday, July 19 starting at 2pm.
James Gaffigan conducts Sousa’s, Stars and Stripes, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake followed by Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.


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