Rec And Parks To Kill Dolores Park Rental Program Following Backlash
May 25, 2016 - Picnic Time
Photo by Kevin Montgomery. Used with Permission.
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will not extend the Dolores Park reservation commander program we pennyless a news on yesterday following a mid-July scheduled completion. The module authorised people to haven sections of weed in a renouned park for $33 to $260 (depending on organisation size), and on weekends enclosed Rec and Parks staff members to assistance umpire a let process.
The commander module had all a signs of being done permanent park policy, with Rec and Parks orator Joey Kahn revelation SFist yesterday that a “intention is to continue a cruise reservation routine during Dolores Park” after a commander module ended. We now know that this will not be a box during slightest for open areas of lawn, since cruise list reservations have been longstanding policy, and not controversial.
News of a commander module sparked widespread disappointment among San Francisco residents — a criticism has been scheduled, and as of this essay a change.org petition requesting that a city stop a let of weed space in a park had already collected 11,000 signatures.
The module found antithesis in City Hall as well, with Supervisor Jane Kim announcing this morning skeleton to deliver a fortitude “urging” a Recreation and Parks Department to finish a program. “Our city shouldn’t be for sale and it shouldn’t be for lease either,” Kim wrote in a matter emailed out by her office. “I’m really endangered that not usually does this extent entrance to a renouned park; we could good be on a sleazy slope where a really rich are a usually ones who can entirely suffer open spaces in San Francisco.”
“We already have a flourishing income opening between a ultra-wealthy and everybody else,” Supervisor Kim observed. “We shouldn’t have a park opening too.”
Dolores Park, of course, is not in Kim’s district. Instead, it is in District 8, a office of Supervisor Scott Wiener. Wiener only so happens to be Kim’s competition in an ongoing state parliament race. SFist reached out to Supervisor Wiener and his staff to scrutinise about a program, and he responded with news that it will not be extended, yet it sounds like reservations will be respected by July.
He also clarifies that renting park space is zero new, though apparently this gets supportive when we’re articulate about some of a busiest pieces of park genuine estate in a city.
“Despite this module being unchanging with long-standing routine in Dolores Park, we do share concerns about renting weed areas in a park, given that immature space is intensely singular on weekends due to vast crowds,” writes Wiener. “To residence this concern, we worked with Rec Park to change a reservation routine by tying reservations to cruise tables. Thus, Rec Park will not be permitting additional reservations of a weed area.”
The full matter from Wiener includes a note that park space is for lease in Kim’s possess district before observant that “it’s critical for politicians to equivocate hypocrisy.” And how did Dolores Park turn a executive conflict indicate for these dual parliament candidates?
Regardless, distinct a state parliament race, it seems this commander module will be short-lived.
Update: Rec and Parks orator Joey Kahn emailed out a matter confirming that a commander module would be authorised to end in July.
“Given a new discuss per a reservation of specified weed areas for vast organisation picnic, marriage and birthday parties in a dear Dolores Park, a Recreation and Park Department, in conference with Supervisor Scott Wiener, is suspending a distribution of permits for this use,” reads a matter in part. “We wish to take a step behind to have some-more open open discourse per a long-standing reservation policies during Dolores Park that are designed to yield burden for a use of a open parks by incomparable gatherings. The cruise list areas during Dolores park essentially used for children and family parties will continue to be available during this time.”