The groundbreaking for a 14-month major improvement project at San Francisco’s Dolores Park will be held Saturday with the head of recreation and park department and other elected and community leaders.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the park near 18th and Church streets with SF Rec and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener.

The ceremony kicks off a construction project that will improve and add new park facilities including new bathrooms, renovated tennis and basketball courts, off-leash dog play areas, new bike racks, new paths, a overlook area in the southeast corner, and an improved irrigation system.

During renovation sections of the park will be closed.

The project will be completed in phases starting with the northern half of the park on March 13 through this fall.

The southern portion will then undergo renovations through summer 2015, when the entire park is slated to reopen.

The playground will remain open during construction.

The $13.2 million improvement project comes from a $185 million Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond that was approved by voters in 2008.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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