Opponents of Dolores Park Vendor Plan Blame Rec and Park's Outreach Fail

Here's the thing, says Crystal Vann Wallstrom, co-founder and director of advocacy for the volunteer nonprofit Dolores Park Works: Not everyone who has concerns about the city's Recreation and Park Department's plans to bring food vendors to the park is a NIMBY.

Last week, a group of Mission organizations, businesses, and residents got Commissioners to put a hold on Rec and Park's plans to let food vendors sell in Dolores, putting the brakes on plans by Blue Bottle Coffee and La Cocina to roll out mobile vending units. Vann Wallstrom is spearheading next Monday's community meeting at Dolores Park Church to let park users and local businesses hear specifics of the plan, and give all parties a chance to weigh in.

And while reaction to the vendor plan has sparked passions on both sides (check out comments on SFoodie's Friday post), Vann Wallstrom defends critics of the plan. “Everyone likes to blame this on the NIMBYs, but not all neighbors are NIMBYs,” Vann Wallstrom says. The problem, she says, stems from Rec and Park's total outreach fail.

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