Parkmead Elementary School, located in Walnut Creek, first opened its doors in 1948 in an area where agriculture was moving out to make room for suburban development. It is now a quick 10-minute walk from a bustling downtown that has grown into a culturally rich hub of the San Francisco East Bay region. The school’s centralized location provides an ideal base to explore the Bay Area, the city’s wildlife museum, several living history sites, and the region’s main performing arts center, all of which the school extensively uses. In 1985, the governing board chose to close the school due to low attendance. Parkmead was reopened in 1989 with 324 students. In the years since it reopened, Parkmead School has expanded to its current enrollment of approximately 450 TK-5 students. The sprawling campus contains four wings of classrooms, an administrative wing, and an active child-care center. The campus also includes play structures and 4 acres of lawn and fields that are utilized, not only by the students during school hours, but also by organized youth sports teams and neighborhood families during non-school hours.