Cole Valley residents gathered at the Grattan Elementary schoolyard Saturday, November 7 for the grand reopening of the school’s playground on weekends. While the yard was opened by the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project roughly a year and a half ago, the celebration served as a way to inform neighbors of the new community resource.
Joining the crowd of families were various community partners such as the local toy store Tantrum, American Heart Association, Booker T. Washington Service Center, Midline gym, Tandem Readers, Boys & Girls Club, and the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments. While attendees enjoyed the engaging activities, they were treated to tasty tacos and horchata from the popular El Taquero.
Halfway through the festivities project leader and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell -- joined by Grattan Elementary Principal Matthew Reedy, Supervisor Board President London Breed, and School Board Commissioner and Special Advisor to the Mayor Hydra Mendoza -- cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the schoolyard on weekends. Reedy welcomed the crowd with a poem about the benefits of the open schoolyard written by Grattan students.
The Shared Schoolyard Project is continuing its exciting series of opening events. After a string of successful celebrations, the project’s next stop is Claire Lilienthal Elementary School on December 5.