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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 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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    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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