Sunshine and smiles were abundant at the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project kick-off event on Saturday, September 20, as the Excelsior and Portola communities celebrated the grand re-opening of the Hillcrest Elementary schoolyard.
To mark the opening of the playground on weekends, attendees took part in a soccer scrimmage organized by AmericaSCORES, witnessed a healthy cooking demo by the American Heart Association, met local firemen, and discovered various neighborhood causes from the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, and Family Connections. Families also had the opportunity to learn about healthy teeth etiquette from Studio Dental, whose mobile dental office was a highlight of the event.
Halfway through the festivities project leader and District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell -- joined by Hillcrest Elementary Principal Katerina Palomares and community children -- cut the ribbon to officially open the schoolyard. Palomares remarked to the crowd that the Shared Schoolyard Project allowed her school to unlock the playground’s potential, and that the space is both an asset to the school and greater community.
The Shared Schoolyard Project is just getting started with its exciting phase of opening events. After a string of successful celebrations, the project is gaining steam as it heads towards the next grand opening at Bret Harte Elementary School, on Saturday, September 26.