On Saturday, September 24th, neighbors, families, and community members all descended upon Sherman Elementary School to celebrate the opening of the schoolyard for public use on the weekends. Saturdays and Sundays will be much improved in the Marina-Cow Hollow Neighborhood, now that local kids and families have access to basketball courts, play slides, and a large open space for many more fun activities.
Several community organizations came out to celebrate in this joyous neighborhood occasion by tabling, providing fun interactive activities for the kids, and informing event-goers about the amazing work they do nearby. Y-Makers, in collaboration with the Presidio YMCA, provided kids with the unique opportunity to make creative ornaments through a wood-making process. Tutu School San Francisco gave attendees ballet tutorials and provided brochures about their many programs. The Golden Gate Branch Library had the kids at the event testing their luck with a spin of the fun-wheel, while the Francisco Reservoir Park Group tabled to inform community members about the rare opportunity to redevelop an underutilized PUC asset for the benefit of the northern neighborhoods of San Francisco and the as a whole. Safe Routes to School also tabled to provide valuable information to families and neighbors. Lastly, Little Artistas had kids dazzle the schoolyard's blacktop with an array of colorful paint and chalk.
Sherman Principal Lisa Levin and Supervisor Mark Farrell, who has spearheaded the project, were on hand to thank each and every community partner personally for their support of local families and of the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project.
The schoolyard at Sherman Elementary School is open to the public on weekends between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The schoolyard will be opened by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks 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.