Thanks to the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, the Bayview community has a new playground for use on weekends at Bret Harte Elementary School. Excited residents gathered Saturday, September 26 to celebrate the new space with a kick-off event that featured fun activities and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Between the games and educational opportunities provided by the American Heart Association, Tandem, SCRAP, Bayview Hunters Point YMCA and America SCORES, attendees remarked that the newly-opened schoolyard is a great addition to the neighborhood. With the playground open from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, neighbors have a new resource for community activity at their disposal.
The event’s ribbon cutting ceremony featured a welcome from District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who revamped the Shared Schoolyard Project in 2012 and plans to expand the effort to 80 schools. He was joined by Bret Harte Principal Jeremy Hilinski, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, School Board President Dr. Emily Murase, School Board Commissioner Sandra Lee Fewer, and School Board Commissioner and Senior Advisor to the Mayor Hydra Mendoza to open the schoolyard on weekends.
Supervisor Farrell and the Shared Schoolyard Project will continue the celebration in Balboa Terrace Saturday, October 3 at Commodore Sloat Elementary School.