On Saturday June 18th, crowds of community members streamed through the gates of Alvarado Elementary School. Attendees flocked to the school, which is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Noe Valley, to celebrate access to a public place for safe play in the neighborhood.
Beneath a nearly cloudless sky, the grand opening boasted a range of activities for both parents and kids to enjoy. Event partners engaged kids in interactive activities while illustrating the various uses of the space for the community.
Super Soccer Stars challenged kids to perfect their shots against child-sized nets, while offering a lucky raffle prize winner a coveted soccer coaching session. Directly behind the soccer field, SF Tots gave kids a shot on the court with basketball hoops. GLO coupled football with carnival fun, challenging kids to throw a football through wooden hoops. For kids who wanted to flex a different kind of muscle, Little Artistas had them roll up their sleeves and get creative with arts and crafts projects. At a neighboring table, Bricks 4 Kids provided Legos and STEM-based activities for children to challenge their growing minds.
Amongst all the fun, partners introduced themselves to parents with community-building opportunities and information on how to utilize the new, free space for years to come. Throughout the day, neighbors and kids alike enjoyed healthy and delicious tacos while dancing along to kid-friendly music.
Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the effort to open schoolyards across the city, joined Supervisor Scott Wiener and PTA co-President Fred Spitz to address the celebrating community. After a few short words, Supervisor Farrell welcomed the kids to gather round and help him hoist the honorary scissors for a ribbon cutting ceremony. With that, the Alvarado Elementary playground opened to the community amongst the laughter of children, the flash of parents’ cameras, and the steady clap from the crowd.
The schoolyard at Alvarado Elementary School is open to the public on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. 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.