Rec and Park, school board to continue pact on fields 

Rec and Park needs more fields, and San Francisco Unified School District has fields to spare.

That match made in heaven will continue into the next school year, after both the Recreation and Park Commission and the San Francisco Board of Education agreed to keep up the partnership.

Last year, a pilot program started that allowed Rec and Park to rent out field space at three San Francisco high schools for athletic events, and the school district kept almost all the rental revenue – about $19,000 in three months.

The pilot, which lasted from September to November last year, was proposed and facilitated by the City Fields Foundation as an attempt to alleviate the deficit of athletic fields for youth sports in San Francisco.

Through the partnership, Rec and Park, which already has an advanced reservation system, assigned fields at Lowell, O’Connell and Mission high schools to community groups for a season-long rental. The rentals were almost entirely on the weekends, when the fields were not being used by public school students.

In fact, it was so successful that on May 11, the Board of Education approved the extension of the pilot program. On Thursday, the Rec and Park Commission gave their thumbs up too.

The extended pilot will last from September through November this year, and could be extended again after that.

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