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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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    Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy's Spring Carnival

    The sounds of spring filled the the air as the early morning clouds broke over Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy on Saturday, April 22nd. The San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project had partnered with the Academy's annual Spring Carnival to kickoff the schoolyard being open to the public in grand fashion. The result: two bounce houses, a dunk tank, festival games, a clown, an animal show, plus more food than you could shake a stick at. Almost as soon as that music started playing, kids, parents, and faculty flooded the yard to try every game they could!

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    Any guest on the yard was immediately greeted with the sight of the enormous inflatable obstacle course. The colorful monstrosity never saw a quiet moment, and for the entire day the sound of laughing, squealing children could be heard within. Lining the side of the yard in front of the bounce track was an assortment of games - a miniature boat racing circuit, a ring-the-bull ring toss, and a Pinko! ball toss, a lane for putt putt golf, and a massive tic tac toe board. Further down, kids could be seen jumping on and around the tumble track set up by AcroSports, right next to the enclosed bounce castle, where the parents of some smaller children had ushered them. Across the yard, community partners set up shop. Camp Edmo talked to children and parents about their services and camps, while Bricks 4 Kidz brought a huge bag of Legos for kids to create with. 

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    With so many great partners and games, the only thing that could make this carnival better would be a main attraction. Luckily, there were three! First, an animal show with chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, iguanas, a tortoise, and even a snake! When the performer asked for a volunteer, the crowd almost ran up to the animals right then and there. Throughout the day, there were intermittent Cakewalks where parents could play their own brand of musical chairs to win donated, home-made cakes! You can bet the parents were all over that. The biggest attraction, however, was the dunk tank. Everyone, from students, to parents, to faculty, clamored for a chance to send their 'favorite' teachers straight into a tank of ice cold water. For every successful sink, the crowd would answer, whooping and cheering for the massive splash! 

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    At the height of the fun, we had our ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by Supervisor Mark Farrell, Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, and Principal Ronnie Machado. All three formally thanked everyone for coming out and reminded them that the yard was now open to the public to use on weekends. Principal Machado also accepted a Certificate of Honor from Supervisor Sheehy on behalf of the Academy for their efforts in creating an environment where diversity and acceptance are celebrated.

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    The schoolyard at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 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 us at info@sfsharedschoolyard.org.

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    Neighborhood BBQ at Malcolm X Academy

    The early morning rain cleared into a crisp, sunny day on Saturday, April 8th. Music blasted and good times rolled in the Bayview district. The schoolyard at Malcolm X Academy filled with a crowd of families from the nearby community, who had all gathered together to celebrate the momentous opening of the schoolyard for public use on the weekends. They were joined by local organizations, community leaders, as well as a barbecuing fire truck! 

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    The yard at Malcolm X was covered with children and adults running from tables to activities. Circling the perimeter of the yard were Theo Ellington of the Golden State Warriors teaching kids to shoot hoops, SF Youth Soccer and their pickup games, and Tenacious Tennis organizing games between children. In the cluster of tables looking out on the center of the yard, Calfresh, BMagic, Kingergarten to College (K2C), CAMP EDMO, Flyaway Productions, 3rd Street Youth Center, Tandem: Partners in Early Learning, and the Bayview Branch Library were all chatting it up with parents and kids, providing information about the services they provide. When the kiddies inevitably got hungry, they all lined up for some delicious burgers and hot links grilled up by the SF Fire Fighters Local 798!

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    The Oakland Black Cowboys Association brought a glimpse of western life to the neighborhood when they drove their horse trailer onto the yard. They brought two ponies, that even the biggest kids at the event could take for a ride. The Malcolm X Academy administration raffled off two bicycles and toys for the kids who showed up to the event.  Later in the event there was a performance by Chocolate Platinum Soul Line Dancers, who got the entire community up and dancing to the music. It's safe to say that this event was quite a party from start to finish. 

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     There were also many inspirational speakers at the event, including Elena Rosen, Malcolm X Academy principal, Summer Miranda, the Academy's family liaison , and Theo Ellington of the Golden State Warriors, whom all spoke about the importance of connecting with the school and community. Supervisor Mark Farrell, whom has spearheaded the Shared Schoolyard Project, spoke about his motivations for supporting the project.

    The schoolyard at Malcolm X Academy will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays 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 info@sfsharedschoolyard.org.

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