The park is beautiful right now and getting lots of visitors! Its estimated that nearly 75,000 people were in & out of the park during the Pride weekend. The Dyke rally & march on Saturday, June 23 occurred without any serious incidents. The SFPD, Rec & Park rangers, Recology, LoveDolores, and event organizers all helped make it a successful weekend.
Trash pickup was a huge job Sat pm/Sun am. Teams worked late nights, early mornings and extra hours to have it picked up. By Monday they were out fine tuning and further raking lawns. A big thank you to the City for their work to improve park cleanliness in the last year .
One call-out: the Dyke March event organizers and attendees need to be more responsible too. “Pack in – pack out” and “leave no trace” are San Francisco party mantras yet not mentioned on the organizer’s website. We would love to see Dyke March attendees have more Pride about cleaning up after themselves.
Pride weekend has left a mark on the park with many large brown patches. On Saturday July 7, LoveDolores is hosting a volunteer community day from 10am-2pm, focusing on micro-litter left on the grass. After Pride and 4th of July festivities, small tiny trash like bottle caps and pull-top tabs remains on the ground. It needs to be removed before SF Rec and Park aerates the ground to restore the grass. Otherwise, the aerator machine will push this small litter into the ground. Join us in the Park on Saturday the 7th to help keep Dolores beautiful. Please sign up on this link. Or just show up.
And Thursday, July 19 the Dolores Garden Club will work with the Dolores Rec and Park gardeners to restore and maintain some of the flower beds. Volunteers of all ages are needed. Meet up at the entrance to the Childrens Playground.