Enthusiastic families, children, and neighbors of the Excelsior community dispelled Saturday's gloomy weather with a spirited celebration marking the grand opening of the Cleveland Elementary schoolyard. As part of the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project - led by Supervisor Mark Farrell - the Cleveland Elementary kick-off celebration is one of many events across the city that mark the opening previously closed schoolyards that provide safe, fun places for children and families to play on weekends.
Welcomed at the entrance by local firefighters from Station 43, attendees were treated to a day filled with a variety of fun activities. The schoolyard was abuzz with children playing soccer and basketball, while many families gathered at the Presidio Community YMCA’s woodworking station to build creative works of craftsmanship.
The highlight of the event was the ribbon-cutting ceremony, where Supervisor Farrell, Cleveland Elementary Principal Mark Sanchez, and community children officially opened the schoolyard on weekends. They were joined on stage by Supervisors John Avalos and Scott Wiener and City College Board Trustee Alex Randolph.
The Shared Schoolyard Project is just getting started with its exciting phase of opening events. With a successful celebration at Cleveland Elementary, the project is gaining steam as it heads towards the next grand opening at Francis Scott Key Elementary School on Saturday, September 12th.
Join the Shared Schoolyard Project at future events across San Francisco! See the full calendar here.