Newsom moves to open school playgrounds
on weekends, holidays
By Caitlin Cassady
October 2, 2007
Mayor Gavin Newsom introduced a pilot program yesterday in San
Francisco that could open 14 school playgrounds for neighborhood
families on the weekends and holidays, the mayor's office said
in a statement.
Newsom announced the facilities-sharing agreement with city school
district superintendent Carlos Garcia. The agreement will last
through the end of the school year, at which time the plan's effectiveness
would be evaluated.
"This is a simple and straightforward idea - to open up
our playground when they are not being used," Newsom said.
"Once again, partnering with the school district, we are
able to expand the recreation options for all our youth."
The city will be liable for playground use in the weekends and
holidays, the mayor's office said. Recreation and Parks will lock
and unlock gates, Public Works will take care of graffiti or damages
before school begins Monday morning, and the city's police department
will monitor parks safety.
Only Diane Feinstein Elementary School has been confirmed as
a participating member in the pilot program. The other 13 schools
will be selected after Newsom meets with school principals and
The goal is for each supervisoral district to house at least
one open playground, according to the mayor's office.