By Brittany Doohan
As part of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project, Castro District’s favorite place to hang out in the sun will be going through a bit of a revamp. In an effort to preserve the historic park — which is eligible for the National Registry of Historic Landmarks and needs to be protected according to California law (CEQA) — the San Francisco Planning Department has proposed several major changes (exciting!).
According to the SF Planning Department’s notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration, these changes include:
Dolores Park Tree Plan:
There have been no major objections to these specific changes, but one concern that was generally agreed upon was the sensitivity of planning and publicizing construction. In response, most people agreed to split the construction over two phases (which will shorten the length of the construction period by four to six months). The project will move forward in two six-month stages beginning this October. In the first phase, the portion south of the promenade will be rehabilitated and construction will begin on all new buildings. In the second phase, beginning March of next year, the northern half will begin construction. These two phases will allow the project to move quickly and ensure that one side of the park will be open to the public (for continued sunbathing and frolicking) at all times.
What do you think about the new changes for Dolores Park?