The playground at Roosevelt Middle School in East Oakland didn’t always have a smooth surface, planter boxes, or a shiny new playing field. You can probably imagine what it looked like.
It was transformed by the Oakland Schoolyards Initiative, a partnership between the East Bay Asian Youth Center, The Unity Council and the Oakland school district. Roosevelt’s new principal, Cliff Hong (a former teacher and assistant principal at Edna Brewer Middle School), sent me a photo of its unveiling today.
The outdoor spaces of Garfield Elementary, Urban Promise Academy and the Manzanita schools have undergone similar transformations through the schoolyards initiative. Next on the list? Sankofa Elementary, West Oakland Middle School, Greenleaf Elementary, Barack Obama Academy and Sobrante Park Elementary.
Funding for these projects has come from The California Endowment, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Stewardship Council, City Councilwoman Patricia Kernighan, Home Depot, Oakland Unified School District, and the East Bay Asian Youth Center, according to a description of the project from the East Bay Asian Youth Center.