Whether they were checking out the display of stylish cars, enjoying delicious ribs, or going on a horseback ride, neighbors and friends had a great time under the sun this past Saturday at Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School. The YMCA and Fo Fifteen Car Club joined the Shared Schoolyard Project to put on the event, celebrating the opening of the schoolyard for the public to use -- rain or shine, every Saturday and Sunday. As the crowds of smiling faces gathered to show their community spirit, sounds of music and laughter filled the air.
This event wouldn’t have been possible without the community partners who provided exciting activities. Horseback rides were provided by the Oakland Black Cowboys Association, and a car show was put on by the Fo Fifteen Car Club. Y Bike provided bicycle rides for kids in attendance, while the Bicycle Coalition and Safe Routes to School offered a "bike build" indoors. Plus, the "Roving Ranger" offered nature education, the Exploratorium helped kids build scribble-bots, the Bayview Branch Library made buttons, and much more!
The highlight of the afternoon was the midday ribbon cutting ceremony with Supervisor Mark Farrell, Principal Emmanuel Stewart, community leaders, and neighborhood families. Later in the afternoon, attendees were treated to a car show as members of the Fo Fifteen Car Club received prizes.
The yard at Dr. George Washington Carver 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.