"Loved to Death" Dolores Park Survives

Mission Dolores Park was nearly "loved to death," but will survive to take on new shape.

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    TK
    Easter Sunday at Dolores Park, April 24, 2011. 'Nuff said.

    A victim of its own popularity, popular hipster hangout Dolores Park will survive.

    It's taken $11.7 million as well as over 50 meetings over a series of years, but a new park is at last taking shape -- and it's not the same at all as the old park.

    Can you say "court designed for bike polo"? How about "off-leash dog area" and "new tennis courts"?

    Now that's a park.

    The center clubhouse with its well-used restroom will be demolished, for one, reports the San Francisco Examiner.

    The rest of the improvements to the 13.7-acre park will be completed sometime in 2014, according to the newspaper. Funding for it has to be approved first, however. That could happen as soon as March 7.

    In the meantime, about half of the park is closed, including the playground on the southern side.