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Playland at 43rd Ave. is Coming to Francis Scott Key School

A lot of people have ideas for the abandoned Francis Scott Key School in the Sunset. Most recently, Mayor Ed Lee has suggested using the site for affordable housing for educators. While the long-term future is in question, the short term has been decided, according to a report in the San Francisco Examiner. The San Francisco Unified School District has issued a one-year permit that will transform the lot around the school into Playland at 43rd Avenue, an entertainment venue with skateboarding, gardening, and a barbecue area.

The effort, part of a program called Pavement to Parks, was championed by Supervisor Katy Tang. But, according to the Examiner report, many neighbors had issues with the skateboarding part of the plan, worrying about noise. Another concern was the potential for live music at the venue.

Be that as it may, with a permit issued, it looks like the project will be going forward. The newspaper report says it will be installed early next year.

In an email to the Examiner, Tang wrote: "While we understand there are some disagreements over certain elements of the design, the overall space will become a positive improvement for the community."

The area is named after the long gone Playland-at-the-Beach amusement park that was once located in the neighborhood.

· SF Could Build $80M Worth of Housing Reserved for Teachers [Curbed SF]
· Playland to include contested skatepark [San Francisco Examiner]