The End of an Era in Dolores Park

the kind of pic that could kill dolores

By now everyone has already heard about the untimely arrest of Ganja Treats, tossed a nug or two into the compost bin for the homies, and gotten on with their lives, looking ahead in gleeful anticipation to the next weekend in dry heave cavern.  But what if that’s the end of all of it?

Are they only going to be targeting excessive flouting of law like Cold Beer Cold Water up there?  Or is it going to be like this for everybody:

courtesy of S. Pigeon

No one seemed to worry much about anything imminently endangering their quest for fun in the park when word got out last year about this leaked memo to “improve” Dolores Park, dismissing it as just another one of Gideon Kramer’s crazy schemes.  But the City and NIMBY neighbors were patient, knowing that the approaching winter would sanitize the park for a few peaceful months, and everyone would forget about it for a while.  And they prepared.

Now that the days are starting to get longer and warmer, we’re witnessing the initial attempts to define the new “rules” of the park.  They need to be established before the Indian Summer brings out the unmanageable hoards, too dense and populous to effectively police.  No, stories need to get out early about people getting busted in the park so that future visitors will tread carefully, always looking over their shoulder.

Regarding Cold Beer Cold Water, I really feel like his approach endangers the park the most.  The City can enumerate a litany of reasons for which to act:  he could be selling to minors; he’s taking business away from permitted liquor stores in the vicinity; he’s not . . . paying . . . any . . . TAXES!!!  At any rate, we all need to be a little more conscientious and careful, because all the bad Yelp reviews have finally added up, and things are definitely changing.  Anyone go to that last community meeting?

Park with Neighbors courtesy of Telestar Logistics

Ps.  Someone please warn that cute truffle boy before it’s too late!


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Drinking Beer in the Park

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Dolores Park Aerial

Public Meeting Re: Dolores Park Closure

10 Responses to “The End of an Era in Dolores Park”

  1. Cranky Old Mission Guy says:

    Well, y’know, I don’t have any guiding moral principle to go by in cases like this — just “what I like, and what I don’t”. And I don’t like anyone trying to sell me anything in a city park. Don’t care if it’s legal or not. If they have a stand on the periphery where I can go up and ask to buy something, that’s fine. But people coming up to me and asking if I want to buy something, or soliciting donations, well… that’s just annoying, and doesn’t belong in a public park — especially one that was donated to the city from a Jewish Cemetery with a specific stipulation that it not be used for commercial purposes. (Bet’cha’ll didn’t know that one.)

    Of course, that’s just me… you kids might feel otherwise, just like I might feel like endorsing retroactive abortion up to the age of 27.

    Me, I just buy some BBQ chicken legs and a salad at Bi-Rite and carry ‘em on in. A little ice tea is fine, too. No law against that. And no difficulty with satisfying a woman with that, neither.

    • Mission Mistaken says:

      So what will we all call this period, someday, when we look like an Edward Koren cartoon… you know, in about 10 years?

      Not the “summer of love.” Taken, and… We’re too hipster for that. Maybe the “Recession of Grass?” That would speak eloquently to the trashing of DP turf, the departure of pot treat vendors, the loss of hair… all of it.

      And in 30 years, will we have hoards of lost youth, trying to reclaim the experience, which when you think about it, is already a sort of hybrid set of references to everything from MASH and Midnight Cowboy to skinny jean’d punk? Its like a twice baked potato, or refried beans. Best served when 1st reheated.

  2. Ariel Dovas says:

    I just didn’t have anything to say about the meeting.

  3. Purchasing drugs on the street or in parks is tacky.

  4. bodah says:

    simmer down with the hyperbole will ya.

    • olu says:


      I know DP is our SACRED SPACE, the happy hipster hunting grounds and all, but come on.

      Wake me when the cops go into the park and come out with young attractive white people in handcuffs.

  5. Jane says:

    I was always surprised that Cold Beer Cold Water did so much business … are people really too lazy to walk a block? Also, I love that the term “dry heave cavern” is catching on.

  6. Jocelyne says:

    I was at the park on Valentines day and that same guy (I think) was selling beer and water. He would go stock up and only minutes later be walking back to the store. I assume he was making lots of money, but not very legal especially the with minors and such.

    The “treats” guy was also there per usual. I always thought he was a little bit too blatant but I wish they would have left him alone, He is a really nice guy who has diabetes and makes special ones for others who can’t have sugar.

    I live across from the park on Dolores and I just don’t get why people can’t be a little more discreet. I always have wine at the park, I keep the bottle in my bag and pour it in cups. I have never been bothered and if people would just be willing to make changes to keep things under wraps, we could all have fun and enjoy the park.

    • one says:

      why should mister treats man, etc., bother being discreet? who’s going to do anything about it? they do it because you let them, that’s why. Do anything? that’d be too bourgeoisie. they’re going to ‘get it’ only if they get busted, if ever. they don’t give a fuck about your park.

      This is why we can’t have nice things.