Lately, on walks with the dog, I have noticed that Potrero Hill is more than a little dusty and grimy. The construction, all the way down at the hospital, doesn’t seem to help the situation. The day after this past weekend’s rain, however, I noticed that blades of grass are sticking up out of fence rows with abandon.
Although my ceiling sprang a leak in from the downpour and ruined my weekend, it was nice to see things looking lively in the neighborhood again. Across the city, grass in the park is a concern raised regularly. While some people love the fake grass in Centennial Way Dog Park, other people just want plain old grass for the sake of having green grass to curl their toes in.
Of course, between rains, the parks get dusty and brown. When it does rain, the parks often get muddy before grass has a chance to grow. This is one of the many reasons that the city’s Parks and Recreation department continues to suggest that places like Dolores Park be closed for a year in order to be re-turfed with artificial grass.
Could Potrero Hill Park be closed for a year to have artificial grass installed? Not likely. When SF parks had the option to be artificially turfed, Potrero Hill residents took a stand, collected petition signatures from locals, and said, “No, but thank you.” According to the SF Gate, the residents’ main complaint was that artificial grass is bad for your health and causes damage to the environment.
For now Potrero Hill is safe from fake grass. If you have wanted to visit the park when it is green, now is your chance! Just be sure, however, to stay off the grass until the mud settles.