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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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    Mountains of Fun at Miraloma Elementary

    This past weekend saw a grand celebration on Miraloma Elementary's Schoolyard. It was Saturday March 18th, 2017, and the cloudy, rainy skies had finally broken to reveal the shining sun. A crowd of families were joined by local organizations as they celebrated the opening of this new community space atop Mount Davidson.

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    The beautiful view from the mountain heightened the sense of adventurous play on the yard, packed fence to fence with sports and activities. SF Youth Soccer and Vikings Micro Soccer joined us with their pop up soccer field, where older kids were busy stealing balls from underfoot and younger kids tried their best to shuffle balls around. Bay Area Disc brought flying discs and a bucket target. Rounding out the larger sports activities was Higgins Tennis, where both balls and the occasional racket could be seen flying around. And of course, there were tacos being served by La Taquera and enjoyed by all.

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    Under the canopy of tents in the center of the schoolyard, kids lined up to try every activity. The Children's Creativity Museum filled a table with fascinating toys for children to engage in educational play with. Bricks 4 Kidz brought an entire bag of Legos. Camp Edmo's baking soda pop rockets were a big blast with both parents and kids. The Community Music Center informed everyone about their music classes and the amazing instruments you could learn to play. Petits Pas taught mindful breathing with their stretchy ball, while showing everyone the power of yoga on colorful mats. To provide a thoughtful and historical perspective, the Western Neighborhoods Project shared stories of the way the Western Neighborhoods used to be, and how it came to be. 

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    If you missed the kick-off at Miraloma, don't worry as there are plenty to come! Sign up for our updates here, and we'll be sure to let you know about all our events.

    The schoolyard at Miraloma Elementary school is open to the public 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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    Neighborhood Enjoys Opening of Wallenberg Schoolyard

    On Saturday March 4th, 2017, unpredictable weather didn't stop the community from coming out and celebrating the opening of the schoolyard at Wallenberg high school! The morning started off with a few sporadic showers but the sun was soon shining its bright rays on the yard, just in time for this amazing event. 

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    A wide variety of activities and sports took place outside on the schoolyard. SF Skate Club brought skateboards, helmets, and ramps so every kid could shred up and down the blacktop. Families brought their own bikes and scooters, which the kids used to race down the hill and across the yard. Neon green tennis balls flew across the yard after Tenacious Tennis Academy set up their nets. Families dribbled balls up and down the school's basketball courts thanks to Hi Five Sports. And if that wasn't enough, every little striker had the opportunity to score goals against the SF Youth Soccer members. Last but not least, the San Francisco Fire Department parked one of their fire engines at the end of the lot so children could take peeks inside and ring the bell.

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    Several of the event's partners settled inside the school gym just in case dark grey rain clouds returned. The Community Youth Center and Mo Magic tabled and spread the word about all of the splendid programs that serve the youth in the area. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) brought cute rats and an adorable hedgehog while letting everyone know about the great animal summer camps they offer. The Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC) transformed a part of the gym into a intricate maze game for kids to get lost in. If the children wanted to be creative, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCC) brought crafts for them to create their own stringy, googly-eyed creatures. The Mayors Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) tabled to provide info on employment opportunities for all the young adults at the event. The San Francisco Marin County Food Bank was there to let all attendees know about their CalFresh program which helps those in need get access to fresh food. Finally, Girl Scout Troop 62593 gave everybody one last chance to purchase delicious girl scout cookies before the selling season ended. 

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    If you missed this wonderful event, don't worry as there are plenty to come! However, always remember that not even bad weather can stop the SF Shared Schoolyard Project from getting the community together and having a great time. 

    The schoolyard at Wallenberg high school is open to the public 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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