Construction fences are coming down in San Francisco’s Dolores Park this Thursday. The northern portion of the popular park will be reopening to the public after an $8 million facelift and more than a year of being closed.
The major renovations to the park address some of the main concerns brought up during public planning meetings, like public urination and the condition of the lawn.
Dolores Park now boasts a new 27-stall restroom, an upgrade from the previous four stalls. Six acres of pristine turf have also been laid on top of the park’s rolling hills. The turf is a Bermuda grass blend designed to stand up to heavy use.
But even with these new additions, park officials say the essential character of the beloved park is still the same.
“Fixing the park but not changing it significantly was one of the biggest concerns that the residents had,” says project manager Jake Gilchrist. “We are really trying to lower the maintenance burden on our staff and improve the infrastructure of the park while also really honoring the history of the park.”