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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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    Playground Celebration in Lower Pacific Heights

    On a day that was forecast to be gray and gloomy, William L. Cobb Elementary School last Saturday was warm, bright, and buzzing with activities as people celebrated the opening of the schoolyard on the weekends for community use.

    Walking through, one could feel the energy coming from all of the different sports activities around the yard. San Francisco Youth Soccer and Super Soccer Stars were commanding the concrete field as they led kids through soccer exercises. The Boys and Girls Club brought their A-game with a soccer obstacle course for the youth to challenge their kicking skills. SF Tots dominated the court by filling the space with cute kid-size basketballs and hoops so that everyone could enjoy watching their kids try to play like the Curry and Thompson of the Warriors. Ten feet away from the basketball court was a fashion display with SF Ballet, who brought costumes from their private closet for the kids to see.

    Soccer with Super Soccer Stars

    It was also great to see different neighborhood groups come out and support the opening of Cobb Elementary’s schoolyard. The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco came out with necklace making materials as well as different summer opportunities that they offer to the community. Our Children Our Families Coalition tabled and shared with participants their efforts to serve children and families in San Francisco. Friends of Alta Plaza Park also held a table with a gardening activity next to the Presidio Branch Library, both of which were very welcoming and open to the people who attended the event. Day One Baby not only provided the kids with slime to play with, but also added an extra prize to the event raffle. The Culinary Dude added even more raffle prizes with a free youth cooking lesson, as well as nut-free food options to the participants of our event. The SF Police Department Northern Station and the SF Fire Department Station 38 also supported the program at the event, showing off their squad car and the fire engine to the people whose communities they serve.

    The excitement of the event came to a head at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and speaking program, featuring the powerful messages of both Supervisor Mark Ferrell and Principal Chad Slife. Supervisor Ferrell and Principal Slife both agreed that it is important for the school and its surrounding community to have a positive and strong connection to each other. Everyone at this event, from the people playing pickup games on the basketball court to the children using the playing structure, was friendly to each other and celebrated the space that is now available to the entire community.

    Ribbon cutting ceremony

    The schoolyard at Cobb Elementary School is 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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    Rainy Day Can't Dampen Spirits in Portola

    Neighbors and families braved the rain to join the Shared Schoolyard Project on Saturday, May 7, to play and celebrate the opening of the schoolyard at E.R. Taylor Elementary School for public use on weekends. Portola kids enjoyed a climbing wall, the soccer field, and stomp rockets - among other fun activities - while parents browsed a diverse collection of neighborhood organizations and services.

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    Partners providing information and activities included the Portola Branch Library, Portola Family Connections, and the Palega Recreation center, all of which are deeply involved in the local Portola community. In addition, Camp EDMO returned for another Shared Schoolyard Project kickoff event with their fun and educational stomp rockets, Mission YMCA provided bubbles for kids to play with, and Safe Routes to School and the Bicycle Coalition encouraged families to walk and ride to school. Children were able to climb and explore a fire truck from the local station, and take home their own seeds thanks to Education Outside.

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    The yard at E.R. Taylor Elementary School is open to the public on weekends from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in order to provide children and families a safe and clean place to gather. 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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