The San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project kick-off celebration at Glen Park School on December 12 didn’t disappoint, as over 200 students, parents, teachers and neighbors gathered to celebrate the opening of the school playground on weekends and partake in a wide array of fun activities. Whether it was painting the school’s new mural, grabbing tasty tacos, cutting the celebratory ribbon, attendees enjoyed the beautiful winter day.
Like other opening events, the Glen Park kick-off attracted several local and city-wide organizations including Little Artistas, Education Outside, YMCA, Kindergarten to College, SF Bike Coalition, PG&E, Tandem, and the Glen Park branch of the SF Public Library. As area residents filtered onto the schoolyard they had the opportunity to ride bikes, dig in the gardens, listen to a reading, and more.
After a welcome by Glen Park School Principal Jean Robertson, attendees joined project leader and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Farrell shared the motivations behind the start of the project and explained the benefits of having a safe, fun place for neighborhood families to gather on weekends. District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener and police Captain Joseph McFadden also took part in the ceremony.
While the Glen Park event was the last of 2015, the Shared Schoolyard Project will continue its opening events in 2016 starting at Junipero Serra Elementary School on January 16.