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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, Superintendent Richard Carranza, 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, 28 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 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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    Growing the Community's Playground: Alvarado Elementary

    On Saturday June 18th, crowds of community members streamed through the gates of Alvarado Elementary School. Attendees flocked to the school, which is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Noe Valley, to celebrate access to a public place for safe play in the neighborhood.

    Beneath a nearly cloudless sky, the grand opening boasted a range of activities for both parents and kids to enjoy. Event partners engaged kids in interactive activities while illustrating the various uses of the space for the community.  

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    Super Soccer Stars challenged kids to perfect their shots against child-sized nets, while offering a lucky raffle prize winner a coveted soccer coaching session. Directly behind the soccer field, SF Tots gave kids a shot on the court with basketball hoops. GLO coupled football with carnival fun, challenging kids to throw a football through wooden hoops. For kids who wanted to flex a different kind of muscle, Little Artistas had them roll up their sleeves and get creative with arts and crafts projects. At a neighboring table, Bricks 4 Kids provided Legos and STEM-based activities for children to challenge their growing minds.  

    Amongst all the fun, partners introduced themselves to parents with community-building opportunities and information on how to utilize the new, free space for years to come. Throughout the day, neighbors and kids alike enjoyed healthy and delicious tacos while dancing along to kid-friendly music.

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    Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the effort to open schoolyards across the city, joined Supervisor Scott Wiener and PTA co-President Fred Spitz to address the celebrating community. After a few short words, Supervisor Farrell welcomed the kids to gather round and help him hoist the honorary scissors for a ribbon cutting ceremony. With that, the Alvarado Elementary playground opened to the community amongst the laughter of children, the flash of parents’ cameras, and the steady clap from the crowd.   

    Ribbon Cutting

    The schoolyard at Alvarado Elementary School is open to the public on Saturdays 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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    Sunny Summer Saturday at Sanchez Elementary

    It was a bright and sunny afternoon on Saturday, June 11, as families and neighbors gathered together to celebrate the fact that Sanchez Elementary is opening its schoolyard to the public on weekends. 

    As neighbors entered the yard, it was hard not to notice the fire engine provided by SF Fire Department Station 6. To the left of the fire engine, Little Artistas brightened up the blacktop with colorful sidewalk paint. Directly past the engine, America SCORES told neighbors about their efforts to install a permanent soccer turf at Sanchez Elementary, and San Francisco Youth Soccer helped kids line up their shot and informed families of the multitude of soccer leagues within the city.

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    The SF-Marin Food Bank partnered with Leah's Pantry, an organization that provides nutritional education to children and families, to show that good nutrition can be delicious with samples of cucumber mint lemon water and a tasty mango salsa. The Mission Economic Development Agency was also in attendance, and they let families know about the programs they offer to Mission and San Francisco residents. Free tacos were also provided to participants from El Taquero. 

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    The schoolyard at Sanchez Elementary School is open to the public on Saturdays 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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