MAINTENANCE UPDATE – Feb 9th, 2017

New sod was put down near the Potomac Street benches and the area is now fenced off to allow the sod to take hold. Another worn area just south of the new sod is also fenced off to allow the grass to grow back there.park2

The large area in the Dog Play Area that had been fenced off for months was removed and the grass there appears healthy and green. However, the recent rains are making the area around it very muddy and mushy.

Using funds from our last Tag Sale, Friends of Duboce Park is working with Rec and Park to repaint the fading playground equipment and replace the two metal perforated staircases that are rusting, leaving sharp edges on the rusted areas that could cause injuries. The painting will probably take place in March after the new stairs are installed.

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.park

 

 

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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – Jan 19th, 2017

New sod was put down near the Potomac Street benches. The area has been bare for years and is now fenced off to allow the sod to take hold. Another worn area just south of the new sod is also fenced off to allow the grass to grow back there.maitenance

The large area in the Dog Play Area that had been fenced off for months was removed and the grass there appears healthy and green. However, the recent rain has made the area around it very mushy.

Using funds from our last Tag Sale, Friends of Duboce Park is working with Rec and Park to repaint the fading playground equipment and replace the two metal perforated staircases that are rusting, leaving sharp edges on the rusted areas.

A tree that was leaning and almost falling on the east Scott Street sidewalk was removed and replaced by Rec and Park.

maitenance2Graffiti 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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – December 8th, 2016

Using funds from our last Tag Sale, Friends of Duboce Park is working with Rec and Park to repaint the faded playground equipment and repair or replace the two metal perforated staircases that are rusting, leaving sharp edges on the rusted areas.

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Major tears on one of the mounds in the Youth Play Area has been repaired although the blue color of the fill material does not match the original color. This is also true of the worn areas under the tot swings in the playground, which have been filled numerous times with a blue substance that contrasts with the original beige surface.park4 park5

 

After meeting with police on November 8 Robby Roller, Facility Coordinator at the Harvey Milk Center, reports, “Our homeless issues have gotten much better. The police department gave a stern talk to one of our regular homeless who was trashing out our platform (at the top of the main stairs) and going to the bathroom routinely and the guy hasn’t been back since.” Roller also said that Park Station “has been checking in with me as well, so I feel very good about the direction of the situation.”

Homeless individuals have been leaving urine, feces, needles, cigarette butts, and other trash on the balcony. Rec & Park custodians have been cleaning up these messes, a very unpleasant task.park6

One of the bollards in the Dog Play Area has been broken at the base.park7

A tree that was leaning and almost falling on the east Scott Street sidewalk was removed and will be replaced by Rec and Park.park8

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.

 

THE GRASS IS GREENER

A normal amount of rain has returned many brown lawn areas back to green. The edge of the lawn area next to the pedestrian path on the hill across from the water fountains had its fence removed after that brown area also aerated, seeded, and fertilized. The area currently is green again but looks overrun with weeds now and will look more normal once it is mowed.park9 park10

 

Two worn areas in the Dog Play Area have been temporarily fenced after being aerated, seeded, and fertilized. One area is in heavily-used middle of the Dog Play Area and the other is the bare ground near the Potomac Street benches. The lower part of the Dog Play Area is very mushy and muddy after the recent rain.park12 park13 park14

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lawn2MAINTENANCE UPDATE – November 10th

Two worn areas in the Dog Play Area have been temporarily fenced after being aerated, seeded, and fertilized. The fence will remain up for another month to allow new seed to grow and stabilize. Another fence was erected near the pedestrian path to allow repair of a 4-inch water main pipe. The lower part of the Dog Play Area is very mushy and muddy after the recent rains while the area near the Potomac Street benches remains dry and bare.

The edge of the lawn area on the hill across from the water fountains just had its fence removed after that brown area was also aerated, seeded, and fertilized. The area currently looks overrun with weeds now but will look more normal once it is mowed.

Friends of Duboce Park purchased a new bulletin board after the old one had been broken or cracked by vandals a number of times. Rec and Park staff repaired the old one twice but recent vandalism damaged it beyond repair.lawn

Elena Norberg-Brown, Recreation Supervisor of the Cultural Arts Division, and Robby Roller, Facility Coordinator at the Harvey Milk Center, met with San Francisco police on Tuesday to discuss continuing problems with homeless individuals who has been leaving urine, feces, needles, cigarette butts, and other trash on the balcony at top of the stairs that face the park almost every night for the past two weeks and have at times intimidated Rec & Park staff. Rec & Park custodians are the ones who have to clean these messes up, a very unpleasant task.

lawn3Graffiti 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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playgroundMAINTENANCE UPDATE – October 8th, 2016

Friends of Duboce Park is using the proceeds from the September 10 Tag Sale to repaint the fading playground equipment. The fresh coat of paint will return the equipment to the original bright colors of the playground when it opened in 2000. We’ll let you know when the painting is scheduled.

The most heavily used areas of the Dog Play Area are down to bare dirt, particularly near the benches at Potomac Street, near the benches on the upper lawn, and in the middle of the dog play area.  According to our gardener, Rich Hernandez, some of those areas are so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back. Hernandez says he plans on rototilling the brown spots and then adding seed and fertilizer.  He pointed out that poor drainage next to the path and the downward slope of the hill near the Potomac bences make it very difficult for grass to take hold, resulting in the bare, hard surface.

The bulletin board was vandalized again leaving the clear plastic front with a small hole. Previous vandalism warped the aluminum frame which created a loose fit for the insert that allowed moisture to get inside and warp whatever is posted. Friends of Duboce Park is paying for a new replacement insert that should be installed within a few months.

Graffiti is always 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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE SEPTEMBER 8th, 2016

The fence that was installed around the large section of the Dog Play Area to allow grass to grow has been removed and the area is green again. The prior fenced off area, located southwest of this area, fenced off wore down pretty quickly after that fence was removed. New soil and seed has been added to make that area more level.

The most heavily used parkareas of the Dog Play Area near the benches at the Potomac Street remain so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back in those areas, according to our gardener, Rich Hernandez. He said he plans on rototilling the area near the benches and then adding seed and fertilizer. Hernandez pointed out that poor drainage next to the path and the downward slope of the hill at that location make it very difficult for grass to take hold, resulting in the bare, hard surface.

The summer dry months took its toll on the turf as the amount of brown lawn expanded. Many of lawn areas that returned to green during the rainy season are brown, and in some cases, bare and rutted again.  Most of those areas will turned to grass during if the upcoming wet season has normal rainfall. SFPUC reported that water-use restrictions caused retail water usage to drop by more than 20 percent last year in San Francisco even though the state required San Francisco to reduce use by only eight percent.

The bulletin board was vandalized again leaving the plastic case with a small hole and the insert may have to be replaced. Graffiti is always 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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – August 12th, 2016

A huge part of the Dog Play Area is fenced off to allow grass to grow. The last area that was fenced off located southwest of the new fence wore down to dirt pretty quickly after the fence was removed. New soil and seed has been added to make that area more level.

The most heavily used areas of the Dog Play Area near the benches at the Potomac Street remain so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back in those areas, according to our gardener, Rich Hernandez. He said he plans on rototilling the area near the benches and then adding seed and fertilizer. Hernandez pointed out that poor drainage next to the path and the downward slope of the hill at that location make it very difficult for grass to take hold there, resulting in the bare, hard surface.

The summer dry months have taken its toll on the turf as the amount of brown lawn expands. Many of lawn areas returned to green during the rainy season but are now looking brown again.  Most of those areas are expected to be green again this fall and winter, assuming normal rainfall. SFPUC reported that water-use restrictions caused retail water usage to drop by more than 20 percent last year in San Francisco even though the state required San Francisco to reduce use by only eight percent.

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – July 7th, 2017

12 of the original bollards (and chains) that were placed along pathways along two of the four sides of the Dog Play Area near the Potomac benches when the Dog Play Area was first installed have been removed. The usual cause was the failure of the bollards to hold up under heavy use and/or vandalism. The bollard and cable system has held up along other parts of the pedestrian paths although It doesn’t seem to make much difference to the dogs.

The most heavily used areas of the Dog Play Area near the benches at the Potomac Street entrance and towards the middle of the DPA remain so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back in those areas, according to our gardener, Richard Hernandez. He said he plans on adding top soil and fertilizer to the center section and rototilling the area near the benches and then adding seed and fertilizer. Hernandez pointed out that poor drainage next to the path and the downward slope of the hill make it very difficult for grass to take hold there, resulting in the bare, hard surface.

Other lawn areas of the park are turning brown as the drought continues into the dry summer months. Most of those areas turned to green during the winter wet season and are expected to so again this fall and winter, assuming normal rainfall.

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – June 9th, 2016

Rec and Park repainted new stencils on park paths over the fading informational stencils that designate the status of dogs in various areas of the park. This happened shortly after street artist fnnch stenciled humorous versions of the official dog-on-leash logo, as we reported in last month’s newsletter. While fnnch’s stencils are technically illegal graffiti, they provide humorous reminders to dog owners to keep their dogs on leash on the park’s pathways. However, Rec and Park did not repaint the No Bicycles No Skating stencils on the paths and they remain faded and difficult to read.

The three little dog houses near the Dog Play Area that are used as dog poop bag dispensers are looking a little sad these days – they seem to be structurally sound but could use a fresh coat of paint. Park users and dog owners are very good about refilling the little houses with their excess plastic bags.

You may not have noticed, but 12 of the original bollards (and chains) that were placed along the pathway near the Potomac benches when the Dog Play Area was first installed have been removed. The usual cause was the failure of the bollards to hold up under heavy use and/or vandalism. It doesn’t seem to have made much difference to the dogs. The bollard and cable system has held up along other parts of the pedestrian paths.

The most heavily used areas of the Dog Play Area near the benches at the Potomac Street entrance and towards the middle of the DPA remain so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back in those areas, according to our gardener, Richard Hernandez. He said he plans on adding top soil and fertilizer to the center section and rototilling the area near the benches and then adding seed and fertilizer. Hernandez pointed out that poor drainage next to the path and the downward slope of the hill make it very difficult for grass to take hold there, resulting in the bare, hard surface.

Hernandez will be spending more time in Duboce Park since Rec and Park is moving him out of one of his other responsibilities in a park in the Mission.

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – May 12th 2016

We still enjoying the mostly-green lawns resulting from the recent rainy season but notice that some areas are beginning to turn brown again without regular winter rain. The center section of the Dog Play Area that was roped off to allow grass to grow back was reopened in time for DogFest on April 16.

The most heavily used areas of the Dog Play Area near the benches at the Potomac Street entrance and towards the middle of the DPA are so bare and rutted that grass may not grow back in those areas. Our gardener Richard Hernandez said he plans on adding top soil and fertilizer to the center section and rototilling the area near the Potomac Street benches and then adding seed and fertilizer. He also said that poor drainage next to the path and the downward slope of the hill make it very difficult for grass to take hold there, resulting in the bare, hard surface.

A few neighbors have contacted Rec and Park to complain about the fading stencils on park paths that designate the status of dogs in various areas of the park, resulting in confusion about the rules for off-leash dogs in the park.

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.


MAINTENANCE UPDATE – THE GRASS IS GREENER

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maintenance2Rec and Park gardeners have been telling us for years that most of the brown areas in our parks will turn green after a normal rainy season. We finally had once recently and most of the park is green again. Some before-and-after comparisons are shown below.

But not all of the brown areas returned to green, like the heavily used area of the Dog Play Area near the benches at the Potomac Street entrance, which is so bare and so rutted with holes that grass may not grow back in that area. The center section remains roped off to allow new seed to take hold and the progress is easily seen. That area will be reopened in time for DogFest on April 16.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

park2grassAll 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.park3

 

 

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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – March 10th, 2016

The recent storm caused trees to fall at 14th and Sanchez and at Noe and Henry. No trees fell in the park but a branch did fall near the Potomac Street entrance to the park…During the rainy season, water washes dirt from the hill above to the west end of the YPA. Water barriers or diversions are needed to keep the water from running onto the blue rubber surface.maintenance

Many of the brown areas on the lawns in the park resulting from the drought have turned green as a result of the recent rains, but some areas of the Dog Play Area remain bare and brown from heavy use. The center section remains roped off to allow new seed to take hold and the progress is easily seen, but the area near the Potomac Street entrance is so bare and so rutted with holes that grass may not grown back in that area.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) finished weekend construction on the Sunset Tunnel  last weekend,  the last of 17 weekend shutdowns that is part of the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project. However, as part of the subway communications system improvements, the SFMTA will upgrade the blue light emergency telephone and radio systems inside Sunset Tunnel. This work will require two weekend shutdowns, tentatively scheduled for the weekends of Mar. 18 and 25. The communications system upgrades have recently been completed  in the subway between Embarcadero and West Portal.

maintenance2The west end of the Youth Play Area remains dark at night since a tree is blocking light that would normally illuminate that end of the YPA. That dark area, combined with the undulating soft blue rubber surface, has made that area attractive to late night partiers and drug users. We are working with Rec and Park to get additional lighting and with Park Station to get additional police coverage of that area at night.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

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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buttiten boardMAINTENANCE UPDATE – Feb 11th, 2016

The park bulletin board was vandalized again. The plastic was broken and the metal frame holding it was bent. Our much appreciated thanks to Rec and Park for repairing it so quickly…The huge bare area in the middle of Dog Play area remains fenced off to allow grass to grow. Heavy use by dogs in that area makes it a difficult area to keep green.

The west end of the Youth Play Area remains dark at night since a tree is blocking light that would normally illuminate that end of the YPA. That dark area, combined with the undulating soft blue rubber surface, has made that area attractive to late night partiers and drug users. We are working with Rec and Park to get additional lighting and with Park Station to get additional police coverage of that area at night.

During the rainy season, water washes dirt from the hill above to the west end of the YPA. Water barriers or diversions are needed to keep the water from running onto the blue rubber surface… Many of the grassy areas that were brown are now showing signs of green after the recent rains. Some of most heavily-used areas, around benches and in the middle of the Dog Play Area, are down to dirt.

Although the tree was not in the park, neighbors were fascinated watching a huge tree being removed from a back yard on Carmelita Street. A huge crane parked on Scott Street was used and the tree was cut and removed in sections from the top down. Looks like a pretty dangerous job for the person who has hoisted up there by the crane, see picture.

SFMTA will resume weekend construction on the Sunset Tunnel, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, February 12 and continuing until 3:30 a.m. on Monday, February. 15. During construction bus shuttle will replace the N Judah train service running between Ocean Beach and Church & Duboce. The weekend work that has started previously on Saturday morning the past few months will begin on Friday night from now on. After the weekend of Feb. 12, SFMTA will have performed 15 weekend shutdowns to complete over 80% of the work. There will be more weekend shutdowns scheduled for 2016, tentatively set for the weekends of Februry 26-29 and March 4-7.

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area sidewalk. Part of the problem is sand collects and builds up around the plants near the sand box and benches and eventually settles at a higher level than the top of the barrier at the bottom of the fence.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

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.

 

park4MAINTENANCE UPDATE – Jan 7th, 2016

The huge bare area in the middle of Dog Play area is once again fenced off to allow grass to grow. The nearby areas that were also fenced off recently did allow grass to grow, but heavy use by dogs in that area makes it a difficult area to keep green. The corner of the playground that was planted by families and kids in March is also remains fenced off to allow plant growth in that area.

The west end of the Youth Play Area remains dark at night since a tree is blocking light that would normally illuminate that end of the YPA. That dark area, combined with the undulating soft blue rubber surface, has made that area attractive to late night partiers and drug users. We are working with Rec and Park to get additional lighting and with Park Station to get additional police coverage of that area at night.park3

During the rainy season, water washes dirt from the hill above to the west end of the YPA. Water barriers or diversions are needed to keep the water from running onto the blue rubber surface.

Many of the grassy areas that were brown are now showing signs of green after the recent rains. Some of most heavily-used areas, around benches and in the middle of the Dog Play Area, are down to dirt. This is partly the result of state and city mandated water cutbacks and also part of Rec and Park’s “Brown is the New Green” campaign to remind park users of the very good reason for the dry, brown areas. Rec and Park cut water use by 25% last year through a variety of measures that include a shorter sprinkler schedule, improved irrigation, planting drought-tolerant vegetation and using recycled water on golf courses. On “Water Free Wednesdays,” irrigation is shut off completely.

After the most recent work on the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project  on the weekend of November 21-23, the construction pauses for the holidays. SFMTA have performed 13 weekend shutdowns so far and completed over 70% of the work. There will be four more weekend shutdowns scheduled for January and February of 2016.

park2Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area sidewalk. Part of the problem is sand collects and builds up around the plants near the sand box and benches and eventually settles at a higher level than the top of the barrier at the bottom of the fence.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.  park

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE  – DECEMBER 10, 2015

The huge bare area in the Dog Play area is once again fenced off to allow grass to grow. Nearby areas were also fenced off recently and the grass did grow, but heavy use by dogs makes it difficult to keep the areas green. The corner of the playground that was planted by families and kids in March is also fenced off to allow growth in that area.

The west end of thegrass Youth Play Area remains dark at night since a tree is blocking light that would normally illuminate that end of the YPA. That dark area, combined with the undulating soft blue rubber surface, has made that area attractive to late night partiers and drug users. We are working with Rec and Park to get additional lighting and with Park Station to get additional police coverage of that area at night.

Some of the grassy areas that were brown are now showing signs of green after the recent rains. Some of most heavily-used areas, around benches and in the middle of the Dog Play Area, are down to dirt. This is partly the result of state and city mandated water cutbacks and also part of Rec and Park’s “Brown is the New Green” campaign to remind park users of the very good reason for the dry, brown areas. Rec and Park cut water use by 25% last year through a variety of measures that include a shorter sprinkler schedule, improved irrigation, planting drought-tolerant vegetation and using recycled water on golf courses. On “Water Free Wednesdays,” irrigation is shut off completely. The predicted wet winter season will return most of the brown areas back to green.tunnel

After the most recent work on the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project  on the weekend of November 21-23, the construction will pause now for the holidays. SFMTA have performed 13 weekend shutdowns so far and completed over 70% of the work. There will be four more weekend shutdowns scheduled for January and February of 2016.

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area sidewalk. Part of the problem is sand collects and builds up around the plants near the sand box and benches and eventually settles at a higher level than the top of the barrier at the bottom of the fence.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – November 12, 2015

Lighting at the west end of the Youth Play Area is poor since a tree is blocking light that would illuminate that end of the YPA. That dark area, combined with the undulating soft blue rubber surface has made that area attractive to late night partiers and drug users. We are working with Rec and Park to get additional lighting and with Park Station to get additional police coverage of that area at night.

Many of the grassy areas remain brown and some heavily-used areas around benches are down to dirt. This is the result of state and city mandated water cutbacks and also part of Rec and Park’s new “Brown is the New Green” campaign to remind park users of the very good reason for the dry, brown areas. Rec and Park cut water use by 25% last year through a variety of measures that include a shorter sprinkler schedule, improved irrigation, planting drought-tolerant vegetation and using recycled water on golf courses. On “Water Free Wednesdays,” irrigation is shut off completely. The predicted park3wet winter season will return most of the brown areas back to green. Overall, San Francisco used 30.5% less water in August.

The Mosaic Thrones in the Playground received some minor repairs to some of the edges that had been damaged from the normal wear and tear of children climbing on them year after year. The repairs were done by the same mosaic artist who did the mosaic art work on the Scott Street pillar. park4

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area sidewalk. Part of the problem is sand collects and builds up around the plants near the sand box and benches and eventually settles at a higher level than the top of the barrier at the bottom of the fence.

Areas of the Dog Play/Multi-Use Area and Knoll (the hill in the middle of the park) were recently reopened after being repaired with new sod, dirt, and seed. The temporary fences were put up around those heavily worn areas to allow the sod and seed to take hold have been removed. The same process may be done for the worn area just west of this area.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.  park2

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – October 8th, 2015

Many of the lawn areas are brown and some areas around benches are down to dirt. This is the result of state and city mandated water cutbacks and also part of Rec and Park’s new “Brown is the New Green” campaign to remind park users of the very good reason for the dry, brown areas. Rec and Park cut water use by 25% last year through a variety of measures that include a shorter sprinkler schedule, improved irrigation, planting drought-tolerant vegetation and using recycled water on golf courses. On “Water Free Wednesdays,” irrigation is shut off completely. The predicted wet winter season will return most of the brown areas back to green. Overall, San Francisco used 30.5% less water in August

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area sidewalk. Part of the problem is sand collects and builds up around the planted areas near the sand box and benches and eventually settles at a higher level than the top of the barrier at the bottom of the fence.

The broken toad stool in the playground has finally been repaired. It had been unusable since January and was covered with an orange construction cone.

Areas of the Dog Play/Multi-Use Area were recently repaired with new sod, dirt, and seed. The temporary fences that were put up around those heavily worn areas to allow the sod and seed to take hold have been removed. The same process may be done for the worn area just west of this area.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – September 10th, 2015

Many of the lawn areas are brown and some areas around benches are down to dirt. This is the result of state and city mandated water cutbacks and also part of Rec and Park’s new “Brown is the New Green” campaign to remind park users of the very good reason for the dry, brown areas. Rec and Park cut water use by 25% last year through a variety of measures that include a shorter sprinkler schedule, improved irrigation, planting drought-tolerant vegetation and using recycled water on gold courses. On “Water Free Wednesdays,” irrigation is shut off completely. The predicted wet winter season will return most of the brown areas back to green.

The El Nino Forecast this winter may bring some much-needed rain to parched California, but the weather could also delay a number of long-waited projects in San Francisco. Rec and Park is evaluating the potential impacts of harsh winter storms on nearly two dozen projects, including Dolores Park. Other projects that could be most  impacted by rain include various parks that are set to begin construction this fall, including Mountain Lake, Gilman, South Park, and 17th and Folsom playgrounds. North Beach’s Joe DiMaggio Playground and Beach Chalet soccer fields in Golden Gate Park also face a slight chance of delays from rain.

Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg said the projects include a contingency budget, which accounts for more than two weeks of rain.  “The issue is if we get a lot of rain really fast, and there is a lot of runoff, “ Ginsburg said. “It can results in erosion, tree failures, and some flooding.”

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area sidewalk. Part of the problem is sand collects and builds up around the planted areas near the sand box and benches and eventually becomes higher than the barrier at the bottom of the fenceAreas of the Dog Play/Multi-Use Area were recently repaired with new sod, dirt, and seed. A temporary fence has once again been put up around the most heavily worn area in an effort to allow the sod and seed to take hold.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.  … one of the toad stools in the playground has been broken and unusable since January and remains covered with an orange construction cone (see  item 5 below).

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. Ever wonder why it takes so long so get relatively minor problems fixed? Read on…

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WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO GET THINGS FIXED?

Sometimes it seems like nothing gets repaired in Duboce Park. As mentioned above, we have been complaining about a broken stool in the playground since January and yet nothing has been done about it. It took over a year to get some skateboard stops installed on curbs around the Recreation Center. Why do these things take so long?

We asked Dennis Kern, RPD’s Director of Operations, about this and he explained that complaints and problems are prioritized into four tiers of maintenance in the RPD system. “Emergency” calls, like a broken pipe, are the most important and are taken care of immediately. “Health and Safety issues” are normally handled within 48 hours of receiving a complaint as are “Water Conservation” and “Graffiti” problems.  Routine repairs, like the broken playground stool, are usually the lowest priorities on the work order list although Kern does have some flexibility and “individual crafts can work on multiple tiers of work orders simultaneously. “

Structural Maintenance takes care of most of the problems we see in parks. That Rec and Park department has 100 full time employees in ten different crafts: plumbing and steamfitters, carpenters, painters, electricians, stationary engineers, iron works, sheet metal workers, cement masons, roofers, and heavy equipment operators.  Kern noted that “deferred maintenance” is not the same as “routine maintenance” and only applies to park infrastructure that remains in place beyond their normal life cycle, like an outdated and broken irrigation system. The total is for “deferred maintenance” is an unbelievable $2 billion.

Don’t forget to call 311 when you see a problem in the park. Thanks for your help in helping to keep our park looking great.

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MAINTENANCE UPDATE August 6th

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area. Part of the problem is sand collects and builds up around the planted areas near the sand box and benches and eventually goes over the barrier at the bottom of the fence… one of the toad stools in the playground is broken and unusable since January and remains covered with an orange construction cone.

Many of the lawn areas are brown and some areas around benches are down to dirt. This is the result of state and city mandated water cutbacks and also part of Rec and Park’s new “Brown is the New Green” campaign to remind park users of the very good reason for the dry, brown areas.

MTA began construction to replace the Blue Light emergency telephones and radio system in the subway between Embarcadero and West Portal. The work will take place nightly from 10 p.m until the start of service at 5 a.m. the next day and the inbound N Judah will switch back at Church and Duboce during that time. Customers getting off the train can walk one block to Market Street to board a shuttle bus to downtown.

As part of the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project, the MTA will resume weekend construction on the Sunset Tunnel in August. Work starts at 7 p.m. on Friday until 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Sunset Tunnel construction is scheduled to take place on 15 weekends and so far there has been work on nine weekends. MTA rescheduled the weekend construction planned for the July 17 weekend to accommodate the AIDS Walk and the work scheduled for the July 31 weekend was canceled due to the BART TransBay tunnel shutdown. The next weekend construction will be in August.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – July 9th

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area. Part of the problem is sand that collects and builds up around the planted areas near the sand box and eventually goes over the barrier at the bottom of the fence… one of the toad stools in the playground is broken and unusable since January and remains covered with an orange construction cone.

Many of the lawn areas are brown and some areas around benches are down to dirt. This is the result of state and city mandated water cutbacks and also part of Rec and Park’s new “Brown is the New Green” campaign to remind park users that there is a very good reason for the dry, brown areas.

As part of the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project, the MTA will resume weekend construction on the Sunset Tunnel on July 10-13. Work starts at 7 p.m. on Friday until 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Sunset Tunnel construction is scheduled to take place on 15 weekends between November 2014 and winter of 2015. So far there has been work on nine weekends. MTA has rescheduled the weekend construction planned for the July 17 weekend to accommodate the AIDS Walk. The work scheduled for the July 31 weekend is also canceled due to the BART TransBay tunnel shutdown. The next weekend construction will be in August.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE  – June 11th, 2015

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area. Part of the problem is sand that collects and builds up around the planted areas around the sand box and eventually goes over the barrier at the bottom of the fence…the dead cherry tree near the Scott Street Labyrinth was removed and replaced with a young cherry tree paid for by Friends of Duboce Park…

That large hole that was covered with plywood covers the utility box outlet in the middle of the upper lawn area was finally repaired in May. The hole had been there since October, the result of a complicated main water line break…one of the toad stools in the playground  is broken and has been unusable since January and remains covered with an orange construction cone.

Many of the lawn areas are turning brown and some areas around benches are down to dirt. This is the result of state and city mandated water cutbacks and also part of Rec and Park’s new “Brown is the New Green” campaign to remind park users that there is a very good reason for the dry and brown areas.

Work on the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project continued last weekend, June 5-8  The next work is scheduled for the weekend of June 20-22, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday until 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Construction is scheduled to take place on 15 weekends between November 2014 and fall of 2015.maintenance2

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report…new graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

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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MAINTENANCE UPDATE  – May 7th, 2015maint4

Sand from the playground sandbox continues to spill onto the pedestrian pathway and MUNI boarding area. Part of the problem is that sand collects and builds up around the planted areas and eventually overflows the fence…the dead cherry tree near the Scott Street Labyrinth was removed and a replacement cherry tree that was paid for by Friends of Duboce Park was planted on April…

That large hole covered with plywood covers the utility box outlet in the middle of the upper lawn area has been there since October, the result of a complicated main water line break. The area is surrounded by construction signs and will be repaired as soon as Rec & Park’s very busy plumbing department gets to it…one of the toad stools in the playground has remained broken and unusable since January and is currently covered with an orange construction cone.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. New graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

Work on the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project continues this weekend, May 8-11, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday until 3:30 a.m. on Monday.  Construction is scheduled to take place on 15 weekends between November 2014 and fall of 2015. The next work is scheduled for the weekend of May 29-June 1.

maint5All of the problems listed above were reported on the SF311 app or in an email report to Rec and Park. Anyone can report park problems or park maintenance issues using the SF311 app and you can send pictures with your reports.  You can also submit requests on the app for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, Tree Maintenance, and Park Problems. You can always also just dial 311.

Free Wi-Fi service is available in Duboce Park and the Harvey Milk Recreation Center. Here’s how to connect: select the Wi-Fi network named “#SFWiFi”, launch a web browser, and click the button to accept the terms and conditions.

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maintMAINTENANCE UPDATE  – April 21, 2015

The large hole covered with plywood over the utility box outlet in the middle of the upper lawn area remains, the result of a complicated main water line break remains. The area is surrounded by construction signs and will be repaired as soon as Rec & Park’s very busy plumbing department gets to it…the roped off areas in the Dog Play Area were seeded, grass returned, and the fences were removed. Bare and worn spots are still visible and Rec & Park says they will eventually put down new sod in those two areas.

One of the lower basketball hoops that was severely bent for over a month now has been repaired and new nets have been added to the baskets…sand from the playground continues to spill onto the sidewalk and MUNI boarding area…one of the toad stools in the playground remains broken and unusable.maint3

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. New graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

Work on the Sunset Tunnel continues this weekend, April 10-13, starting at 8 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.  Construction is scheduled to take place on 15 weekends between November 2014 and fall of 2015. There are nine weekends left; the next tentative dates are the weekends of May 1 and May 8.

All of the problems listed above were reported on the SF311 app or in an email report to Rec and Park. Anyone can report park problems or park maintenance issues using the SF311 app and you can send pictures with your reports.  You can also submit requests on the app for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, Tree Maintenance, and Park Problems. You can always also just dial 311.

maint2Free Wi-Fi service is available in Duboce Park and the Harvey Milk Recreation Center. Here’s how to connect: select the Wi-Fi network named “#SFWiFi”, launch a web browser, and click the button to accept the terms and conditions.

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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – March 12th, 2015

maintenance3The large hole over the utility box outlet in the grass in the upper lawn area that resulted from a complicated main water line break remains surrounded by construction signs and will be repaired as soon as Rec & Park’s very busy plumbing department gets to it…the roped off areas in the Dog Play Area have been seeded and grass is returning but bare and worn spots remain. Rec & Park will eventually put down new sod in the two areas…there are numerous signs around those areas in the Dog Play Area that read, “This turf area is closed to traffic to protect the turf from further erosion. The area will open as soon as weather permits…”

One of the lower basketball hoops has been severely bend for over a month now and remains unusable…sand from the playground continues to spill onto the sidewalk and MUNI boarding area…one of the toad stools in the playground remains broken and unusable.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. The past month, graffiti was removed from Rec Center walls, the Youth Play Area, various benches, and the Scott Street Labyrinth seating area.  New graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported…maintenance2

All of the problems listed above were reported on the SF311 app or an email report to Rec and Park. Anyone can report park problems or park maintenance issues using the SF311 app and you can send pictures with your reports.  You can also submit requests on the app for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, Tree Maintenance, and Park Problems. You can always also just dial 311.

maintenanceFree Wi-Fi service is available in Duboce Park and the Harvey Milk Recreation Center. Here’s how to connect: select the Wi-Fi network named “#SFWiFi”, launch a web browser, and click the button to accept the terms and conditions.

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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – Feb 9th 2015

A  large hole near the utility box outlet in the grasspark2 in the upper lawn area resulted from a complicated main water line break and is in the process of being repaired…two bare areas in the Dog Play Area are  surrounded by wooden stakes and two strands of yellow rope to deter dogs from entering the area. But the area remain worn and some of the stakes have been knocked down, making the area even more of an eyesore and allowing dogs to romp on that piece of turf.

One of the toad stools in the playground has been broken for months and the hardware for that stool is now covered with a red construction cone…one of the lower basketball hoops is bent and cannot be used…sand continues to spill onto the sidewalks outside the playground.park2

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. We observed four new tags in the park yesterday — on the stairs in the Youth Play Area and on two signs in the playground and one sign in the basketball court.  New graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.park3
parkAll of the problems listed above were reported on the SF311 app or an email report to Rec and Park. Anyone can report park problems or park maintenance issues using the SF311 app and you can attach pictures with your reports.  You can also submit requests on the app for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, Tree Maintenance, and Park Problems. You can always also just dial 311 rather than using the app.

 

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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – January 9th, 2015

Lots of tiny mice have been seen scurrying in and out of bushes in the Children’s Playground, especially near the sand box. According to Adrian Field, Park Services Manager, “this is a periodic problem depending on the life cycle of the animal…” and rodents are “heavily dependent” on food left behind in the playground. Field has placed a work order with Rec and Park’s Integrated Pest Management Unit…planting on the north hill of the playground has begun…

A  large hole near the utility box outlet in the grass in the upper lawn area resulted from a complicated main water line break and has been repaired…a car got stuck on the upper lawn during the recent rains and had to be pushed out, but not after leaving very visible tire track depressions in the lawn…there are currently two signs on the upper lawn that read, “No Dogs on This Turf – Please Use Dog Play Area… there are also numerous signs around two large worn areas in the Dog Play Area that read, “This turf area is closed to traffic to protect the turf from further erosion. The area will open as soon as weather permits…”park5

The dead cherry trees near the Scott Street Labyrinth died and is scheduled for removal. Friends of Duboce Park has offered to pay for a replacement tree…another small tear has appeared in the rubberized surface of the Youth Play Area…

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. The past month, graffiti was removed from Rec Center walls, the Youth Play Area, various benches, and the bulletin board. New graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.

park6All of the problems listed above were reported on the SF311 app or an email report to Rec and Park. Anyone can report park problems or park maintenance issues using the SF311 app and you can send pictures with your reports.  You can also submit requests on the app for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, Tree Maintenance, and Park Problems. You can always also just dial 311.

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parkMAINTENANCE UPDATE – December 20th, 2014

Lots of tiny mice have been seen scurrying in and out of bushes in the Children’s Playground, especially near the sand box…one of the cherry trees near the Scott Street Labyrinth has died and you can clearly see the difference between it and the healthy tree just to left. Friends of Duboce Park has offered to pay for a replacement tree…the large hole near the utility box outlet in the grass remains in the upper lawn area and after previously having a piece of plywood covering it and bright cones around it…sand from the sandbox continues to spill onto the sidewalk next to the Muni tracks and onto the pedestrian path between the playground and bulletin board. Rec and Park has already installed barriers at the bottom of the fence but they have not proved to be effective as a sand barrier.

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park usually does a good job of removing it within 24-48 hours of receiving a report. The past month, graffiti was removed from Rec Center walls, the Youth Play Area, various benches, and the bulletin board. New graffiti that regularly appears on the MTA construction barriers and equipment along Duboce Avenue is also usually removed within a few days of being reported.park2

With just a few days of rain in the first ten months of 2014, many of the park’s lawns brown areas turned brown as the drought continued. Rec and Park cut its water use by 15 percent through September, 683,517 to 579,351 cubic feet (one cubic foot of water equals 7.48 gallons) and there was not enough water to keep Duboce Park’s lawns green. Fortunately, the recent rains have returned most of the park’s brown lawns to green grass back as they usually do each rainy season.

All of the problems listed above were reported on the SF311 app or an email report to Rec and Park. Anyone can report park problems or park maintenance issues using the SF311 app and you can send pictures with your reports.  You can also submit requests on the app for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, Tree Maintenance, and Park Problems. You can always also just dial 311.

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With just a few days of rain in the past few months, many of the park’s lawns brown areas continue to expand as the drought continues. Rec and Park has cut its water use by 15 percent, from 683,517 cubic feet to 579,351 in the first nine months of the year. One cubic foot of water equals 7.48 gallons. The rainy season normally helps most of the lawns grow back. San Francisco consumes less water per person than any other community in California, averaging 45.7 gallons of water per day, probably because of our mild weather and small lawns. The Bay Area’s daily average is 84 gallons person and some communities, like San Bernadino and Riverside in the Colorado River basin, average 262 gallons per day.

Both tot swings in the Children’s Playground had their seats replaced after chunks of rubber were reported missing from those seats… in an effort to keep sand in the sand box, Friends of Duboce Park had a friendly sign (painted by local artist Jeff Petersen) painted along the back inside wall of the sand box to remind people to “Please keep the sand in the sand box.”  Kids seems to love to move sand around but sand on the rubberized surface creates a slipping hazard and wears out the surface faster… sand from the playground continues to spill through the fence onto the MUNI stop sidewalk and tracks…park

Graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park is does a good job of removing it with 24-48 hours of receiving a report. The past month, graffiti was removed from Rec Center walls, the Youth Play Area, various benches, and the bulletin board. New graffiti regularly that appears on the construction barriers along Duboce Avenue and has removed within a day or two of reporting it.

You can report park problems and park maintenance issues using the SF311 app.  You can also submit requests for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, Tree Maintenance, and Park Problems. You can also just dial 311.

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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – October 9, 2014

A large chunk of rubber matting that measures 34” wide by 10” long is missing from a hill near the logs  in the Youth Play Area…sand from the playground continues to spill through the fence onto the MUNI stop sidewalk and tracks…the missing plank on a bench near the Photo Center has been replaced but one still remains loose…both tot swings in the Children’s Playground have chunks of rubber missing from the seat…graffiti remains a constant problem and Rec and Park is doing a good job of removing it with 24-48 hours of receiving the report.

With only one day of rain in the past 30 days, many of the park’s lawns have brown areas that are expanding as the drought continues. The rainy season normally helps bring back most of the lawns to a rich green.playground

Weekend construction that was tentatively set to begin on September 19 as part of the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project has been delayed until November although staging on the north side of Duboce Avenue has begun and no parking will be allowed there during construction.  The projects aims to improve the safety and reliability of the N Judah Line by replacing track and other infrastructure inside the Sunset Tunnel, including refurbishing fire water valves and retrofitting retaining walls and their foundations.  The construction will take place on 15 weekends within approximately nine months. During those weekends, bus shuttles will substitute for the N Judah rail service.

You can report park problems and park maintenance issues using the SF311 app.  You can also submit requests for: Abandoned Vehicles, Graffiti, Illegal Postings, Street or Sidewalk Cleaning, Streetlight Repair, Blocked Sidewalk or Space, Damaged Public Property, Litter Receptacle, Park Issue, Sign Repair, Street and Sidewalk Defect, Tree Maintenance, and Park Problems.

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park2MAINTENANCE UPDATE – September 18, 2014

After removal of the temporary fence that was installed in the middle of the Dog Play/Multi-Use Area to allow new grass to grow, it only took a few weeks before that same area looked worn and brown.  That area is affected by heavy use and less watering as a result of the city-mandated 10% cut in water usage.  Many of the park’s other lawn areas are also brown and getting browner as the drought continues. The rainy season normally helps bring back most of the lawns to a rich green.

One of three planks on a bench near the Photo Center is missing and another one has come loose. Both of two tot swings in the Children’s Playground have chunks of rubber missing. Work orders have been submitted to repair those problems.park

Weekend construction that was tentatively set to begin on Friday, September 19 as part of the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project has been  postponed until November 7. During pre-construction work, the crew discovered damages to the century-old drainage pipe underneath the tracks, which may cause potential problems. The project team is working aggressively to further investigate and resolve. If needed, the repair work will be incorporated with track replacement project.park3

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tunnelSUNSET TUNNEL RENOVATIONS UPDATE

The Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project aims to improve the safety and reliability of the N Judah Line by replacing track and other infrastructure inside the Sunset Tunnel, including refurbishing fire water valves and retrofitting retaining walls and their foundations.  Other improvements include traffic signal upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line and construction of accessible platforms at Judah and 28th Avenue. The construction will take place on 15 weekends within approximately nine months, beginning in September. During the weekend, bus shuttles will substitute for the N Judah rail service.

From Duboce Avenue and Noe Street to Carl and Cole streets, the reinforced concrete Duboce tunnel extends 4232 feet, is 25 feet wide and 23 feet high. The Sunset tunnel was originally supposed to open the Sunset District to civilization. It was discussed by reluctant assessment districts for 10 years, and by  the time it was installed, the Sunset District had already grown up. The Youdall Construction Co. finally signed a $1,247,592 contract on November 25, 1925, started digging the following June, and finished February 4, 1928. That October, the tunnel opened (see picture above).

No street parking will be allowed on the north side of Duboce, from Steiner to Scott streets, during construction since MTA is using that area as a staging site. The reason why MTA chose the north side of Duboce as a staging arera is because it is close to the tunnel entrance, plus it is relatively a wide roadway that doesn’t have driveways for a long distance. The contractor needs an area that stretches at least 400 feet long so they can pre-weld track.

park maintenaceMAINTENANCE UPDATE – July 12th, 2014

Friends of Duboce Park met with Acting Park Services Manager Adrian Field on Tuesday to review all of the maintenance issues and project in Duboce Park. A summary is below.

The west end of the Youth Play Area is dark at night and has become a collecting point for people who want to party and/or sleep there. Illuminating this area will reduce the noise and down on the amount of debris left. A light fixture with three lights is located nearby but that light pole was installed as part of the Harvey Milk Recreation Center renovation before the Youth Play Area was built. The result is very little light reaches the ground at that end of the YPA since a tree is blocking the light and the tree cannot be cut down or trimmed back enough.

Field will check with Rec & Park’s electrical department to see if the light fixture in the southeast corner of the Playground can be changed from one lamp to two lamps and then aimed to illuminate the dark areas.

Many of the plants and shrubs on the northern slope of the Playground have reached the end of their natural cycle and were removed on Tuesday. RPD is in the process of putting together a plan for new plantings. In the meantime, Psoralia and Melaleuca have been planted in the Playground. Staff removed the Greviella and pruned back the blackberry bushes that have spikes.

Rodent infestation is a perennial problem in the spring, when more food is left around the Playground and mice are reproducing. Integrated Pest Management visited the Playground and installed childproof rodent traps. This cycle repeats itself in the fall.park maintenace2

Sand was added to the sandbox in the Playground last Friday. Children often move the sand around the Playground, particularly on the slides so they can go down faster. Unfortunately, the sand degrades the rubber surface and create slipping problems. An appeal will be made to the parents and nannies to keep the sand in the sandbox.

A fence was again installed two weeks ago in the middle of the Dog Play/Multi-Use Area to allow new dirt and seed to take hold in the worn area. There are also deep divots that are tripping hazards. Volunteers will be adding more dirt to the area at this Saturday’s volunteer day and the fence will be up for about four more weeks. A similar fence was put in earlier this year, resulting in new grass, but heavy use has worn that area down again.

Trees and plants were cut back around the northern wall of the Scott Street Labyrinth  to create more seating. In addition, the area behind the Labyrinth and next to the fence line is being cleared and planted to deter transients’ use of the area as a sleeping spot and bathroom.

San Francisco has a mobile app to allow residents to access 311 – a one-stop portal to all things city government – quickly and automatically. Many of the reported problems in Duboce Park involve graffiti and most of the time it is removed within a day or two of reporting it. The quicker we report problems, the faster they are dealt with by Rec and Park.

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A few parents have complained about seeing mice in the playground. We asked Acting Park Services Manager Adrian Field about this and he responded: “Regarding the rodent reports in the playground, this is a fairly common annual event at this time of year caused mostly by the increase in food source that happens along with the bump in attendance at the playground in spring and summer. I have notified our pest control unit and they will respond ASAP.”

The Eugenia tree that fell down during a recent rain was removed a few months ago, leaving a big gap in planting on the north side of the playground. Another Eugenia and a butterfly bush will also have to be removed in the area since there is a danger of them falling. Our gardener, Rich, said that the area will be replanted soon. That slight slope along with the larger hill at the west end of the playground were both originally designed for play and exploration and trees and sturdy plants are part of that plan.

The seating wall on the north side of the Scott Street Labyrinth is overgrown with plants and trees, making it difficult to sit on. The original planting scheme shows plantings behind the wall that are low enough to see over and trimmed back to allow seating.maintenance4

You can report and track park problems or concerns at www.ParkScan.org, a website that enables San Franciscans to report issues they observe in parks directly to City staff or by calling 311 or using the 311 app.  In either case, you can attach pictures and will be given a tracking number that enables you to check the status of the problem.

San Francisco has a mobile app to allow residents to access 311 – a one-stop portal to all things city government – quickly and automatically. Many of the reported problems in Duboce Park involve graffiti and most of the time it is removed within a day or two of reporting it. The quicker we report problems, the faster they are dealt with by Rec and Park.

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MAINTENANCE UPDATE – May 8th, 2014  maintenance

The bulletin board has been vandalized twice in the past month. After Rec & Park replaced the 10-year-old cork backing and plastic door, the door was smashed. Rec & Park replaced it within a week but the door was smashed and broken again within a few days.  The third new door was installed on May 7 and things are looking normal for the moment. According to Rec and Park staff, vandalism and graffiti are epidemic problems .

Graffiti continues to plague Duboce Park and other parks in San Francisco. There were numerous tags on the Scott Street fence and a stencils near the playground gate and in front of the Rec Center. The dog-on-leash stencil near the MUNI stop has been altered into a suited dog walker with a red tie. Graffiti is almost always removed within 48 hours of it being reported.

You can report and track park problems or concerns at www.ParkScan.org, a website that enables San Franciscans to report issues they observe in parks directly to City staff or by calling 311 or using the 311 app.  In either case, you can attach pictures and will be given a tracking number that enables you to check the status of the problem.

San Francisco has a mobile app to allow residents to access 311 – a one-stop portal to all things city government – quickly and automatically. Many of the reported problems in Duboce Park involve graffiti and most of the time it is removed within a day or two of reporting it. The quicker we report problems, the faster they are dealt with by Rec and Park.

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A number of park users complained on 311 about bicycles illegally riding on pedestrian paths in Duboce Park. One person said, “Today I saw what has become a growing trend. A bicyclist entered Duboce Park using the ramp on Carmelita Street and rode through the traveling between 20-30 MPH and traveling on both the pedestrian pathway and all three lawn areas and exited onto Duboce Street just past Walter Street. At the time there were many children, dogs and people who were at risk because the cyclist simply treated them like cones on a slalom track. This is a growing problem. Better signage; public outreach, and perhaps volunteer park ambassadors… “

Another person reported, “The pedestrian pathway through Duboce Park has turned into a bike path. The number of bicyclists riding through here is growing every day. My 78 year old husband has been hit twice. No one seems to care about this growing problem… The signage is very poor. Bicyclists need to be cited (in the pocket book) in order for them to wake up to this issue. Riding bikes through this section of the park is not allowed, but it has become a highly used bike path.”

Acting Park Services Manager Adrian Field has requested additional stencils at both entries to the ADA ramp at Carmelita Street. There are already existing stencils on many paths in the park that state that bicycle riding is not allowed in the park.

We have also received complaints about lighting at the west end of the Youth Play Area and the nearby south stairs next to the Rec Center. These dark areas allow people to party, use drugs, and sleep there at night. There currently is a very tall pole with three lights on top at the west end but the trees block some of the light and areas remain dark.

Field said, “I would like to use the lamp at the East end of the YPA and make that more of a security light directed toward the west side of the YPA. The correct fitting here could double as pedestrian/play lighting and security lighting. The problem with the light on the west end of the YPA is that it was never designed to cover the YPA and even under the best of circumstances won’t do a great job unless we pretty much remove all of the tree canopies or take out the trees. A light on the east side would do a much better job.

Skateboard stops were recently installed on curbs on the plaza outside the Photo Studio and in front of the Rec Center to deter skateboarders from damaging them. Skateboard stops for the new round planters at the Noe and Duboce MUNI stop have also been requested from MTA.maintenance3

You can report and track park problems or concerns at www.ParkScan.org, a website that enables San Franciscans to report issues they observe in parks directly to City staff or by calling 311 or using the
311 app. In either case, you can attach pictures and will be given a tracking number that enables you to check the status of the problem.

San Francisco has a mobile app to allow residents to access 311 – a one-stop portal to all things city government – quickly and automatically. Many of the reported problems in Duboce Park involve graffiti and most of the time it is removed within a day or two of reporting it. The quicker we report problems, the faster they are dealt with by Rec and Park.maintenance2

 

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MAINTENAparkNCE UPDATE

Skateboard stops were recently installed on curbs on the plaza outside the Photo Studio to deter skateboarders from damaging them. Skateboard stops for the new round planters at the Noe and Duboce MUNI stop have also been requested from MTA.

Volunteers installed river rocks in four of the tree wells on Scott Street at the January Volunteer Day.. The rocks were donated from a neighbor’s yard at and Friends of Duboce will be purchasing additional river rocks to fill the rest of the tree wells.

Many of the lawns that were dry and brown near entrances to the park and around poles have returned to green grass after the recent rains. The brown areas were caused by a combination of dog urine, which weakens the turf, and recent cold snaps that created frost damage.

Park users  complained about drainage on the grassy areas during heavy rains and have also questioned the use watering schedule in the park. According to Acting Park Services Manager Adrian Field, Rec & Park is “entering a period of even closer scrutiny and possible cut backs in our irrigation… to comply with city and state drought precautions.”

An old Echium shrub fell near the northern fence line in the playground, the result of the shrub being fully mature and very wet ground. The root ball was exposed and was surprisingly small given the size of the shrub.

Skateboard stops were recently installed on curbs on the plaza outside the Photo Studio to deter skateboarders from damaging them. Skateboard stops for the new round planters at the Noe and Duboce MUNI stop have also been requested from MTA.

You can report and track park problems or concerns at www.ParkScan.org, a website that enables San Franciscans to report issues they observe in parks directly to City staff or by calling 311 or using the
311 app.  In either case, you can attach pictures and will be given a tracking number that enables you to check the status of the problem.

San Francisco has a mobile app to allow residents to access 311 – a one-stop portal to all things city government – quickly and automatically. Many of the reported problems in Duboce Park involve graffiti and most of the time it is removed within a day or two of reporting it. The quicker we report problems, the faster they are dealt with by Rec and Park.

 


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