Russian Hill Celebrates Schoolyard Opening at Yick Wo

Lombard Street was not the biggest attraction in Russian Hill on Saturday, March 19 as families and neighbors gathered for an exciting event at Yick Wo Elementary School. This event combined the school’s annual carnival with the Shared Schoolyard Project’s playground opening celebration for a harmonious joint event filled with games, books, and laughter.

Activities were abundant at this latest Shared Schoolyard festival. Children and families could be seen playing ring toss or other carnival games provided by the parents of Yick Wo Elementary. Super Soccer Stars helped students line up their kick with soccer challenges. Stomp rockets whizzed through the air, as Camp EDMO taught kids about science. This event was also a book lover’s dream with story time by Tandem, a book-related prize wheel by the North Beach Public Library, and a large book exchange by the parents of Yick Wo.


Participants were also treated to a ribbon cutting ceremony with Supervisor Mark Farrell and Principal Stephanie Young, while a lucky winner went home with four tickets to the California Academy of Sciences.

The San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project has plenty more events in store for the coming months. Our next event will be Saturday, April 9 at Fairmount Elementary School in Glen Park.

The yard at Yick Wo 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


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