There are many large brown spots, some down to bare dirt, in the grass in Duboce Park. Friends of Duboce Park asked Michelle Pallavicini, Park Services Manager, for an update on these and other conditions in Duboce Park. Her responses are below.

 Fence in the Dog Play Area

The huge fence that covered most of the Dog Play Area was removed and a much smaller fence was put up in the southeast corner to give that area a chance to recover from heavy use. The area looks much better than it did a few months ago, but there are still some worn areas.

Brown Areas on Eastern Edges of Knoll/Hill

“There is no irrigation in this area. When the park was renovated and that medial pathway was installed, the irrigation was not continued along the path resulting in a large dry patch every summer. This is the next project following the item below. We will need to extend the irrigation along the edge corner to install at least two more turf rotors. This is a large project that requires trenching and assistance from our plumbing shop.”

Brown Areas in People Only Area

“The area was already compromised prior to the meter change out and that heavy heat spell. Then we had a valve break on that station. So the area went beyond salvageable. The valve break has been repaired and fine-tuned to ensure proper irrigation coverage. This area is a priority.”

“Also note, the park irrigation was designed in such a way as to flood the facility. As city mandates required severe cut backs in our irrigation outputs, we were required to adjust the system to avoid any flooding or runoff on the pathways. The irrigation heads are not in the correct positioning to achieve edge coverage without flooding the pathways. Ideally there should be irrigation along the edge. So now we need to find the perfect balance between runoff and edge coverage.”


Four new lights were installed in the alley on the north side of the Recreation Center and that area is now illuminated at night. However, one of the three lights at the western end of the Youth Play Area is burnt out and the light from another fixture is blocked by a tree, resulting in that area being dark at night. Also, the decorative lights in the front of the Rec Center are out.

“The lights at this facility have been a constant headache the last few years — bad photo cells, damaged wires from vandalism, broken timers, tripped breakers, etc. I’m still trying to get the light turned off adjacent to the DPA that hasn’t been shut off in more than two years and the light turned on at the Noe entrance. The work orders are in for all items and the electricians are aware of the issues. Again, our shops are inundated with work order requests and getting to them as soon as they are able. All shops are extremely short staffed and many of the work order issues are not easy fixes.”





Proceeds from our Tag Sale this year were used to pay for new lighting (see picture at the top of this newsletter) in the alley on the north side of the Recreation Center that should make that shortcut between Carmelita and Scott streets much safer and deter drug injection and other illegal behavior. The four new light fixtures illuminate the darkest parts of the alley.

The two large bushes that were located just outside the northern low wall of the Scott Street Labyrinth were removed to allow people to sit on the wall and also create more open sight lines into that part of the park. New plants will be installed as soon as the existing roots have a chance to decompose.

The fence in the Dog Play Area will remain up until the new grass has a chance to take hold. Some areas inside the fence look brown and the area just east of the fence also looks worn down to the dirt.  The fence forced the annual Bark in the Park last Saturday to use a much smaller area of the Dog Play Area.

There are also extremely worn areas that are down to dirt near the northeastern edge of the hill, next to the pedestrian path and also around the benches on the upper lawn. Rec and Park has been notified and has promised to address the problem.




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