Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most iconic parks, drawing crowds of nearly 10,000 people on sunny days. Prior to 2015 Dolores Park had a multitude of problems:

  • A limited number of trash cans which overflowed and attracted rodents.
  • Gardeners spent an average of seven hours a day cleaning the park rather than beautifying it with new plantings and projects.
  • Taxpayers got stuck with the tab of about $750,000 a year.
  • The 16-acre park had only four toilet stalls, leading to unsanitary conditions.

 

Thanks to the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks bond, Dolores received a 20.5 Million dollar renovation. Over 50 community-driven meetings with input from neighbors, merchants, government agencies, and other major stakeholders shaped the final design you see today. Some of the improvements included new restrooms with expanded capacity, improved ADA access, renovated Tennis and Basketball Courts, and new pathways. Most importantly, the renovation included moving trash bins to the perimeter of the park and expanding their capacity with a two-stream sorting for trash and recycling. This allows for more easier and frequent pick-ups and reduces the amount of waste heading to the landfill.

While the infrastructure concerns were directly addressed in the renovation, the largest problem, bad behavior, needed a more direct approach, thus came LoveDolores!

LoveDolores is dedicated to building community and getting park visitors to come enjoy this unique space in a responsible way. Leave No Trace , the leading authority in outdoor ethics, taught us that adding more trash cans wasn’t the cure-all for the litter problems affecting the park. We also have to change people’s behavior. That’s why we created the LoveDolores campaign. We want to create a culture of “Leave No Trace” and normalize packing out your trash after the party. If you love Dolores Park, keep it clean.

We will be celebrating our fifth year anniversary in 2020, continuing to educate park visitors through surveys, events, raffles, tabeling, social media, and more! Help us in decreasing the amount of litter we see at the park. Visit our Eco Pop-up stations to sort your waste into recycling, compost, and landfill. Pack out your trash, don’t bring glass, and show your love for Dolores.