On Saturday March 4th, 2017, unpredictable weather didn't stop the community from coming out and celebrating the opening of the schoolyard at Wallenberg high school! The morning started off with a few sporadic showers but the sun was soon shining its bright rays on the yard, just in time for this amazing event.
A wide variety of activities and sports took place outside on the schoolyard. SF Skate Club brought skateboards, helmets, and ramps so every kid could shred up and down the blacktop. Families brought their own bikes and scooters, which the kids used to race down the hill and across the yard. Neon green tennis balls flew across the yard after Tenacious Tennis Academy set up their nets. Families dribbled balls up and down the school's basketball courts thanks to Hi Five Sports. And if that wasn't enough, every little striker had the opportunity to score goals against the SF Youth Soccer members. Last but not least, the San Francisco Fire Department parked one of their fire engines at the end of the lot so children could take peeks inside and ring the bell.
Several of the event's partners settled inside the school gym just in case dark grey rain clouds returned. The Community Youth Center and Mo Magic tabled and spread the word about all of the splendid programs that serve the youth in the area. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) brought cute rats and an adorable hedgehog while letting everyone know about the great animal summer camps they offer. The Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC) transformed a part of the gym into a intricate maze game for kids to get lost in. If the children wanted to be creative, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCC) brought crafts for them to create their own stringy, googly-eyed creatures. The Mayors Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) tabled to provide info on employment opportunities for all the young adults at the event. The San Francisco Marin County Food Bank was there to let all attendees know about their CalFresh program which helps those in need get access to fresh food. Finally, Girl Scout Troop 62593 gave everybody one last chance to purchase delicious girl scout cookies before the selling season ended.
If you missed this wonderful event, don't worry as there are plenty to come! However, always remember that not even bad weather can stop the SF Shared Schoolyard Project from getting the community together and having a great time.
The schoolyard at Wallenberg high school is open to the public 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.