We need to talk about the Rincon Hill Dog Park—a community treasure that is on the verge of closure. We have a Street Park agreement with the city which clearly states that this park is not funded by the city and relies on community support for maintenance and operation.
Despite the fondness many of you have for the park, the cold truth is we’re running on fumes. We throw parties and the park is buzzing, but when it comes to cleanup? Crickets. This is not sustainable. The park cannot be sustained by just four volunteers. Not a single community member came to the last three Clean ‘n Sweeps and we are only receiving 1/3 of the required amount in monthly donations.
What Can Be Done?
We have two options to keep the park open:
1. Pay to have the park cleaned: Visitors should be expected to make a monthly contribution to cover the ongoing expense of cleaning the park.
2. Clean the park ourselves: Visitors should be expected to participate in at least one 20 minute cleaning session every 3 months to maintain the park.
Vote below for your preferred option. Voting closes on October 30, 2023.
– Should the community choose the route of financial contributions, we’ll establish a year-end fundraising goal and set an additional target for 2024. It’s essential to note that the amount required for maintenance represents just a fraction of our overall monthly costs.
– If physical cleanup wins, expect a Google Sheet where you can sign up for 20-minute cleanup slots.
If we fail to meet either requirement, the park will be locked indefinitely.
11 years ago, this neighborhood fought for this park. It’s not just a park; it’s a legacy we owe to our community and our furry friends. Let’s not lose it due to negligence.
This is not a drill; it’s a call to action. The future of Rincon Hill Dog Park is in your hands.
Thank you for your immediate attention to this critical matter.
The Rincon Hill Dog Park Volunteer Team