Next week, the north half of the 13.7-acre park that closed in March 2014 for the first phase of renovations will reopen to the public. The reopening of the north portion will be followed by the closure the south half of the park for more than a year, according to Recreation and Parks Department officials.
A silent disco party will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on June 18 to celebrate the park’s reopening. Wireless headphones will be loaned to attendees free of charge, and the first hour of the party will broadcast children’s music through the headphones for kids.
The south half of Dolores Park will close the day after the party, for the second phase of improvements. It’s expected to reopen fall next year.
Improvements to the north half include new restrooms, renovated tennis and basketball courts and a new multi-use court. Better irrigation systems, improved off-leash dog play areas, new bikeways and new pathways were also added to the north side and will be improved on the south side as well.
The Helen Diller Playground on the south side of the park will remain open during construction.
City officials have strived in recent months for other ways to enhance the experience for the soaring number of visitors at Dolores Park. A pilot program that launched in April and will run through the summer allows visitors to deposit compost and recycling on weekends and holidays, an effort meant to curb the more than 7,000 gallons of trash generated at the park each weekend.
The $20 million to renovate Dolores Park was secured through the 2008 parks bond.
The major $20 million makeover of Dolores Park is nearly halfway complete.