On Sunday, June 4th, families and community members of the Excelsior neighborhood gathered at San Francisco Community Alternative to celebrate the grand opening of the schoolyard on the weekends. It might have been a little windy outside but this didn't stop the children and parents from having fun and making use of the newly accessible open space in the neighborhood!
A wide array of organizations attended this event to table and provide activities of all sorts for the kids, as well as inform the parents on the amazing work they do for their communities. Multiple organizations provided opportunities for children to run around and get active. The Tenacious Tennis Academy and the United States Tennis Association set up nets and provided racquets and balls while SF Youth Soccer provided small goals and soccer balls for the children to enjoy. The Circus Center was also a big hit with their entertaining activities and equipment. But perhaps the most exciting part of the day was the appearance of the San Francisco Giant's mascot Lou Seal! Kids and parents alike were so excited to take pictures with and give high fives to the friendly seal.
Once again, Supervisor Mark Farrell made an appearance to thank all of the community partners for supporting their local neighborhoods and the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project. We were also very happy to welcome Supervisor Asha Safai, who stopped by to celebrate the schoolyard opening.
The SF Community Alternative Schoolyard will be open on the weekends from now on between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The schoolyard will be opened by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks department and cleaned by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. For any questions or more information about the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Amy Randel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 308 - 6596.