Monroe Elementary School was abuzz with activity on Saturday, January 30 as teachers, parents, students and neighbors celebrated the grand reopening of the school playground on weekends. The gathering, which was the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project’s third in the Excelsior, served as a community event that provided educational and neighborhood-building opportunities.
Over 200 attendees scattered the yard to partake in activities ranging from necklace making with the Public Library to bike riding with Y-Bike. Event goers also had the opportunity to learn about local parks from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, explore a local fire truck, play with balloons from the Mission YMCA, and learn about community projects from the Excelsior Collaborative.
Participants were also treated to a ribbon cutting ceremony with District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the Shared Schoolyard Project since its start, in addition to Principal Benjamin Salas and SFPD Captain Joseph McFadden.
The San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project has a full schedule of schoolyard openings in 2016. Its next event will take place at West Portal Elementary School from 11 am to 1 pm.