As those of us over the age of 30 probably remember, local schoolyards used to be community spaces, where kids could play and enjoy themselves even when school wasn’t in session. In recent years, however – because of various security, safety and liability issues – schoolyards have become increasingly closed off and reserved for school activities only.
In the past couple of years, however, the pendulum has begun to swing again in our park-poor city, and several area LAUSD schools have started opening at least some of their facilities for after-hours use. In February, for example, Vine Street Elementary (955 N. Vine St.) opened a shared school/community park on its grounds. Wilshire Crest Elementary School (5241 W. Olympic Blvd.) is exploring similar options and as part of those efforts, City Council District 4 is considering supporting an AYSO soccer program for 8-10 year-olds at the school this summer.
Community support for such endeavors is vital, however…so if you have kids in this age range, they’d love to know what you think. Would you be interested in such a program? Would you like to see the school campus open for other activities? Want more information? Take our quick poll and let us know: