Community spirit shined through the rain in Glen Park last Saturday as neighbors and friends celebrated the reopening of the Fairmount Elementary schoolyard for the public to use on weekends. The yard will be open rain or shine every Saturday and Sunday, and this event proved that rain can’t keep friends families and neighbors away from weekend schoolyard fun!
The yard was filled with activities provided by a wonderful group of community partners. The Bernal Heights and Glen Park Neighborhoods History Projects brought a “ghost shack” and historical images to explore the history of the area surrounding the school. Little Artistas provided glitter paint and chalk paint to bring out kids’ inner artistas. The Stonestown YMCA had a necklace making activity, while the Boys and Girls Club Excelsior Clubhouse brought out a carnival game. Children lined up their goal kicks with Super Soccer Stars, while blast-offs could be heard from baking soda rockets provided by Camp EDMO.
The highlight of the afternoon was a ribbon cutting ceremony with Fairmount Principal Luis Rodriguez and Supervisor Mark Farrell. Families went home from this event a little wet from the rain, but with wide smiles and full stomachs thanks to sandwiches from Roxie’s Food Center and a delicious bake sale organized by the Fairmount PTA.
The San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project has plenty more events in store for the coming months. Our next event will be Saturday, April 16 at George Washington Carver Elementary School in the Bayview.
The yard at Fairmount Elementary School is open to the public on weekends from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in order to provide children and families a safe and clean place to gather. The schoolyard will be opened by the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department and cleaned by the San Francisco Department of Public Works. For any questions or specific information about the Shared Schoolyard Project, please contact Chris Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.