MAINTENANCE UPDATE

The park bulletin board was vandalized again for the fourth time, including three times in the 18 months. In the most recent incident on May 7, the lock was broken and the plastic door was smashed beyond repair. The lock was also broken last December and all of the posted content was removed but only the lock was damaged and Rec and Park replaced the lock a few days later.

Friends of Duboce Park purchased a second new bulletin board at a cost of $450 last October to replace one that was damaged in January 2016 when someone punched a hole in the plastic door and bent its aluminum frame, allowing moisture to get inside. One was also replaced in April 2015.

Worn areas of the rubber surfaces of the Playground and Youth Play Area were filled again using colors that contrast with the original colors and have a very irregular shape. We have requested more geometrically-shaped repairs, e.g., all rectangles and/or circles, and fill that match the existing colors.

 

According to Michelle Pallavicini, Park Section Supervisor, Rec and Park has “a severe shortage of the rubber product for about six months, so many of the safety priority repairs were dealt with first and with what product they had left in store. Many of the parks in the system are exhibiting the same wear patterns as Duboce…the (maintenance) yard has received a new supply of rubber product and they are making their way around to all the facilities to get these repairs accomplished. As for the irregular patterning… yes, we are pushing along a more uniformed neutral aesthetic…I have work orders for repairs in process.”

The rainy season rejuvenated the lawns and they all looked green and lush for a few weeks. Many areas have turned brown again since they haven’t gotten enough water to keep them green.  A few areas in the Dog Play Area near the Steiner-Duboce corner are fenced off to all the area to fully recover from the rains.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. All of the problems listed above were reported on the SF311 app or in an email report to Rec and Park. You can always also just dial 311 rather than using the app or email.

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BULLELTIN BOARD VANDALIZED AGAIN

The park bulletin board was vandalized again for the fourth time, including three in the 18 months. In the most recent incident last Sunday night, the lock was broken and the plastic door was smashed beyond repair. The lock was also broken last December and all of the posted content was removed but only the lock was damaged and Rec and Park put in a new lock a few days later.

Friends of Duboce Park purchased a second new bulletin board at a cost of $450 last October to replace one that was damaged in January 2016 when someone punched a hole in the plastic door and bent its aluminum frame, which allowed moisture to get inside. One was also replaced in April 2015.

The original bulletin board was installed in 2003 after being designed by Janet Scheuer and Project Manager Marin Yee.  Plans for the board began way back in 1998 when we were working on the new Children’s Playground. Rec and Park paid for the construction and Friends of Duboce Park paid for the insert that had a cork back and a plastic door that could be locked.

The bulletin board keeps the community up-to-date on park happenings and maintenance, course schedules, special events at the Harvey Milk Art Center, and exhibitions at the Photo Center. Pictures of events in the park are usually posted after the event.

We are working with Rec and Park to find a new board that has a sturdier lock and a shatterproof plastic door. If you see someone in the process of damaging the bulletin board, please call 9-1-1 immediately and report it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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