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Dolores Park's playground is new - but is it improved?

 

 

A new playground opened this month in San Francisco’s Dolores Park. The park sits at the intersection of 3 of the cities best neighborhoods. I say this without reservation because I happen live in one of them. To the east is the Mission famous as the heart of the Spanish speaking community to south Noe Valley once known for being the home the cities cops and firefighters and now know for double-wide stroolers. To the west is the Castro famous for being …well the Castro.

This is one of the most densely packed urban spaces in the country  -second only to Manhattan and the two block long terraced slope that forms Dolores Park functions as a Commons- it is living room, backyard and beach all rolled into one for the resident of the three very different neighborhoods who all share this space.

I have lived in the city long enough now that I catch myself saying things like ‘I remember when …’  and am at an age where I’m deeply suspicious of ‘improvements’ especially when it comes to things that seemed too work pretty well before. I’m still pissed-off about the California Academy of Science. What was once a charming and interested space was replaced by a building with the charm and interest of a half empty Costco warehouse. So when I heard several years ago that funds had been earmarked for renovating what I thought was a perfectly serviceable kids park in my neighborhood I expected the worst - bland ‘play structures’ out of a catalogue and few sad plating areas that would be a home in a parking lot. No fun, no interest, no excitement. All feeling of risk, danger, potential stitches and concussion – the stuff that always made playgrounds really fun – engineered out.

In short I was all geared up to add this to my list of ‘I remember whens ‘  and  expected it to be my latest recipient of my personal ‘What Were They Thinking’ design award.

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Posted by Charles Stewart on May 1, 2012 at 12:29am — 3 Comments

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