Two huge trees fell on the Scott Street side of Duboce Park on June 22. Both trees were located on the lawn near the passageway next to the Harvey Milk Center. The tree right behind the fence at 48 Carmelita fell in a southeast direction, taking out a second tree nearby. No one was hurt but there was damage to the fence and backyard of the Carmelita residence as well as gouges and scratches in the alleyway and on the north side of the Rec Center.

We are still waiting for a new park bulletin board insert after our last one 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. We are hoping to get one that is more durable than the previous ones.

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 colors that match.

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, but many areas have turned brown again since they haven’t gotten enough water to keep them green.  Part of the southeast corner of the Dog Play Area is still fenced off to allow 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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