Apr 4, 2014
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A stand of trees in the virtually tree-less Iron Triangle neighborhood is looking sharp after the nonprofit group Pogo Park teamed with city staff and local businesses last month to clean, prune and restore them.

The ash trees that line Ohio Avenue between Harbour Way and 8th Street needed the upkeep, said Toody Maher, executive director of Pogo Park, which Maher founded in 2007 in order to transform the neighborhood’s rarely used parks and playgrounds into vibrant spaces.

Maher told the Richmond Standard that her staff at Pogo Park, consisting entirely of neighborhood residents, noticed the “magnificent stand of trees” on Ohio Avenue was being neglected.

Richmond residents, city staff and local businesses helped beautify the Iron Triangle last month.

(Photo courtesy of Pogo Park) Rutilio Rivera and others from the Pogo Park resident team clears grass and weeds from the landscape strip to create healthy soil for the trees.

“This particular stand of ash trees on Ohio is special and remarkable because the Iron Triangle is a neighborhood with virtually no trees,” Maher said.

On March 13, Pogo Park staffers teamed with the city’s Parks and Landscaping Department and arborist Big Chief Tree Service of El Cerrito to offer those lonely trees some love and care.

The nonprofit’s staff “removed every weed and blade of grass by hand from the strip between sidewalk and street,” according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s newsletter.

Also, Big Chief Tree Service pruned 17 trees, removed two that had died, aerated and vertically composted the soil and placed organic mulch on a 500-foot-long roadside area, Lindsay added.

Richmond residents, city staff and local businesses helped beautify the Iron Triangle last month.

Near those trees is the site of the future Harbour-8 Park, which Pogo Park is building with help from $150,000 in funds from The Trust for Public Land, the country’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit that creates parks and open spaces for people. The future park will include gardens and a play area.

“Getting TPL on board in Richmond is a game changer,” Maher said.

Check out an amazing image of the future Harbour-8 Park:


Below is a list of the park projects that Pogo Park is currently working on. For more information about the organization, visit its website.

Pogo Park is working to transform rarely used parks in Richmond's Iron Triangle into vibrant spaces.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.