November 18, 2008

Opening school playgrounds to the public works in San Francisco - try it in your community!

From the Peaceful Playgrounds blog...

For the past 30 years most California schools have closed their playgrounds and fields to the public fearing that the schools would be vandalized. In SF however, the pilot of 11 schools playgrounds open for public use for the past year is proving to do just the opposite. Participating schools so far say the extra traffic actually keeps campuses safer, according to Chris Armentrout, director of development and government relations for the district.

San Francisco is a Playful City USA community. Opening school playgrounds to the public is a great way to increase the number of available play spaces in a community without having to build or develop additional play areas.

Has your community tried this? What kind of response have you seen? Post your thoughts in the comments.

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