Neighbors and families braved the rain to join the Shared Schoolyard Project on Saturday, May 7, to play and celebrate the opening of the schoolyard at E.R. Taylor Elementary School for public use on weekends. Portola kids enjoyed a climbing wall, the soccer field, and stomp rockets - among other fun activities - while parents browsed a diverse collection of neighborhood organizations and services.
Partners providing information and activities included the Portola Branch Library, Portola Family Connections, and the Palega Recreation center, all of which are deeply involved in the local Portola community. In addition, Camp EDMO returned for another Shared Schoolyard Project kickoff event with their fun and educational stomp rockets, Mission YMCA provided bubbles for kids to play with, and Safe Routes to School and the Bicycle Coalition encouraged families to walk and ride to school. Children were able to climb and explore a fire truck from the local station, and take home their own seeds thanks to Education Outside.
The yard at E.R. Taylor Elementary School is open to the public on weekends from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in order to provide children and families a safe and clean place to gather. 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.