Dolores Park

Here’s What’s Going On With Dolores Park

Monday November 10, 2014

I heard there might be some questions as to why half of Dolores Park currently resembles an ant hill.

Dolores Park is in phase two of a three phase reconstruction project. (Commenter Paul below disagrees with this description — Dolores Park is actually in the 1st phase of the 2nd construction project.) Here is a beautiful rendering of what Dolores Park will look like sometime in late 2015 (fingers crossed).

The first phase consisted of updating the playground, Hellen Diller Playground. That was a 9-month project that finished in March 2012.

The second phase, mostly the northern half of the park, started in March 2014 (that’s what you’re seeing now) to make way for topographical changes, new paths, new bathrooms, new tennis and basketball courts, and new multi-use recreation courts. This is currently scheduled for completion in early 2015.

After that, they’ll close the middle part of the park (estimated for only a month(?!)) to connect the current dead-end path near the playground to the new paths.

Then, sorry to say, they’re shutting down the southern end of the park, aka the beach and dog park, for 6-9 months, with completion slated for the end of 2015. Heavy sighs all around.

Be strong; we’ll get through it.

2 Responses to “Here’s What’s Going On With Dolores Park”

  1. Hmmm, you don’t seem particularly well informed about what is going on in Dolores park. It is not a three phase project as you describe — the Playground renovation was designed, funded and implemented completely separate from the other changes. The other changes are really split into doing the north half and the south half (with maybe a bit on the middle). BUT, while the north half has been delayed it is still supposed to be complete in early 2015 not late 2015 (as the article implied). And the entire project is currently supposed to be complete by the end of 2015; see


    11/16/2014 at 9:40 pm

  2. Hi Paul! Thanks for writing in. The news articles on the projects have been confusing to read through, with inconsistent dates and estimates. I’ve adjusted my timeline above, because as you’ve said, it seems that the 1.5 year estimate applies to the entire second project, not just the northern half. Thanks again!


    11/17/2014 at 8:50 am