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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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    Neighborhood Comes Together to Celebrate Schoolyard Opening at John Muir Elementary

    This past Saturday, September 9th, turned out to be a beautiful day at John Muir Elementary School for our last schoolyard opening event of the summer! Families and friends from the neighborhood came out to celebrate the opening of the new open space available for public use on the weekends. Attendees, community leaders, local organizations, and San Francisco District 5 Supervisor London Breed enjoyed our delicious tacos.

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    This event featured a wide array partners and the kids were treated to a diverse option of activities. The Tenacious Tennis Academy set up nets and provided racquets and balls for the kids to be able to enjoy a nice game of tennis while the Safe Routes to School partnership provided coloring options for many of the kids who had a taste for art. Saturday also featured some of our other past partners including but not limited to Hi Five Sports, City College of San Francisco, the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, and the YMCA. A special thanks goes to two of our new partners: Walk SF and the Urban Ed Academy! 

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    It wouldn't be a San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project event if it didn't consist of an appearance from Supervisor Mark Farrell. Supervisor Farrell, Supervisor Breed, John Muir Principal Mansager, and many kids gathered to cut the red ribbon during ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official opening of the schoolyard for public use on the weekends.

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    John Muir Elementary School 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 Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or by phone at (415)308-6596.

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    Basketball and burgers at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School!

    Saturday featured fierce, competitive action as boys and girls of all ages faced off in the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard's first ever 3 v 3 basketball tournament at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School! Families swarmed the schoolyard from across the city, ready to show off their skills and win fabulous tournament prizes. Every player walked away with a special commemorative t-shirt courtesy of the Golden State Warriors, and the Oakland A's, San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants all contributed prizes to the mid-day raffle!                                         

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    Teams were given expert guidance, and perhaps a little extra spirit, by our fantastic celebrity coaches: Theo Ellington of the Golden State Warriors, David Jacobsen of the Positive Coaching Alliance, Chris Corgas, Leah Taylor Pimentel, Bruce Agid, Larry Wong and of course Supervisor Mark Farrell joined in the fun coaching his own son's team.

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    Making a return from their warm reception at Malcolm X Elementary School, Firefighters Local 798 brought back the infamous barbecue firetruck! Reverend Green and Pastor Ishmael Burch manned the grill to everyone's delight, keeping the players and fans energized with delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. 

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    A special thanks goes out to Principal Mike Essien for hosting our exciting tournament and to Supervisor Mark Farrell for his great work in opening up schoolyards across our city. Thank you to all of the teams that competed, as well as the families who came out and cheered on the players. Look out for more San Francisco Shared Schoolyard events coming soon.                         

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is open on weekends from 9:00am to 4:00pm. 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 Amy Randel at randela@sfusd.edu or (415) 308 - 6596.

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