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About the Project

The Shared Schoolyard Project is a partnership between the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, and San Francisco’s neighborhoods and communities that envisions and provides for a place for children and families to play and gather within walking distance of every child in San Francisco. Through this unique joint partnership, the City and the School District are able to open schoolyards to the public across the city, with at least one in each of San Francisco’s 11 Supervisorial Districts.

The Shared Schoolyard Project was revamped under the leadership of District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has led in the fundraising efforts for the project, Mayor Ed Lee, Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh, the San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco’s Department of Public Works, San Francisco Police Department, and 311 to increase more open space for our children and families to play and gather.

Currently, over 40 public schools citywide are enrolled in the Shared Schoolyard Project. The Shared Schoolyard Project is working to enroll all of San Francisco’s public schools, so that every child and family in San Francisco can have a clean and safe place to play and gather on the weekends.

Enrolling your school in the Shared Schoolyard Project provides so much more than just an open schoolyard for a place to build community.

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Our Mission

The Shared Schoolyard Project’s mission is to create more accessible and safe spaces for our children and families to gather and play throughout the City of San Francisco. The Shared Schoolyard Project will encompass every supervisorial district and will succeed through collaborative partnerships with the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District, Neighborhoods and Communities, the San Francisco PTA, Corporate Sponsors, and other Non-Governmental and Community Based Organizations. We envision providing a place to play within walking distance of every child in San Francisco.

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    Community Celebrates Opening of Sheridan Schoolyard

    On Saturday, January 28th, families and community members of the Ocean View neighborhood gathered at Sheridan Elementary School to celebrate the grand opening of the schoolyard on the weekends. It may have been a little windy outside but this did not stop the children and parents from having fun and making use of the newly accessible open space in the neighborhood. 

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    A medley of organizations attended this event to table and provide activities of all sorts for the kids, as well as inform the parents on the amazing work they do for their communities. The Tenacious Tennis Academy set up nets and provided racquets and balls for everyone to enjoy. SF Youth Soccer was also present, with small goals and soccer balls for the children to enjoy. If the kids were not in the mood for sports then Education Outside was present to help with arts and crafts in the school garden. Members of the San Francisco Police Department stopped by to hand out stickers and even allowed the kids to turn on the police siren. Amongst other things the school yard's jungle gym was very popular with the children as the parents watched and enjoyed the event's free tacos and refreshments. 

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    Once again, Supervisor Mark Farrell made an appearance to thank all of the community partners for supporting their local neighborhoods and the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project. 

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    The Sheridan Elementary Schoolyard will be open on the weekends from now on between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The schoolyard will be opened by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks department and cleaned by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. For any questions or more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Chris Sally at chris@sfsharedschoolyard.org. 

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    Playground Opening Celebration at Hoover Middle School

    On a beautiful sunny morning, in the Forrest Hill neighborhood  music blared and good times rolled. As families, community members, as well as Hoover Middle School students all gathered in the schoolyard of Hoover Middle School for another exciting schoolyard opening celebration.

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    This event was made possible with the help of local community partners providing fun and engaging activities and also amazing performances. Hoover PTA sold their school merchandise of t-shirts and hoodies. Culinary Artistas allowed kids and students alike to decorate the school's blacktop. Tutu School West Portal provided activities and brochures informing attendees of the awesome programs they provide. Community Youth Center educated families on safety tips that could be used effectively during an earthquake. SF Youth Soccer and San Francisco Vikings Micro Soccer provided fun soccer activities for kids and their family to enjoy. One Martial Arts showed off some amazing martial arts moves that kids could emulate. Last but not least, the Sunset Academy of Dance put on a spectacular dance performance, where kids of all ages showed off their awesome dancing skills!

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    During the speaking portion of the event, Principal Carline Sinkler thanked everyone for coming out and expressed her enthusiasm for having her school be apart of the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project. Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has spear-headed the project, thanked everyone for coming out to the event and shared his passion on why he started the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project.

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    The schoolyard at Hoover Middle School will be open to the public on weekends between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The schoolyard will be opened by the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department and cleaned by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. For any questions or specific information about the Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Chris Sally at chris@sfsharedschoolyard.org.
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