Benefits

  • A $1000 stipend to each school’s parent organization (PTA/PTO) or designated trust account on an annual basis.
  • Opportunity for up to $2,500 for an activity fund stipend (see guidelines) for any activity that promotes physical activity in your schoolyard.
  • Open hours of operation are from 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Opening and closing of the schoolyard by Recreation & Park Patrol Officers.
  • Inspection of the yard at the close of each day by SF Recreation & Park Patrol Officers.
  • High priority status for any cleaning that’s needed from San Francisco’s Department of Public Works.
  • High priority status for clean-up/repairs/graffiti abatement by San Francisco’s Department of Public Works Clean Team.
  • Routine check-ins throughout the day from the San Francisco Police Department.
  • Two deep cleanings of each schoolyard per year from the Department of Public Works Deep Clean Team.
  • Access through walk-in gate entrances only, to ensure cars are not parking in the schoolyards.
  • Bathrooms will not be open to the public.

Why Do We Need Play Areas?

Mark Farrell
District 2 Supervisor, SF


"I want every family and every child to have the opportunity to use their local schoolyard, to play on the playground, just like I did growing up."

Eve Cheung
Principal, Junipero Serra Elementary


"We have participated in the Shared Schoolyard Project for the past two-years – it's been a tremendous asset to our school and to the community."

Richard A. Carranza
Former Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District


"I would encourage our principals and community to open your schoolyards to the community and watch the fun happen. And, we hope to expand this program to every schoolyard in every part of our City."

Sheila Maffei
Former Principal, Francis Scott Key Elementary


"Being part of the Shared Schoolyard Project has really enhanced our school. It has enhanced the community and the neighborhood. As Principal of this school, I recommend all other schools join this program – the results are just so outstanding."

Mayor Edwin M. Lee Supervisor Mark Farrell SF Parks Alliance SFUSD SF 311 SFPD SF DPW SF Recreation and Parks