Jun 7, 2014
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Artistic local residents have designed a garden to be installed next to the Richmond Plunge and have now started an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund it.

The Plunge, officially known as the Municipal Natatorium, was reopened in 2010 after a renovation. But improvements are still being made around the swim center at E. Richmond Avenue and Garrard Boulevard, including the construction of a second new tennis court.

Next to those courts and behind The Plunge is the site of a dirt patch that could bloom into a gorgeous community garden, and could be built at around the same time as the tennis court.

The Richmond Friends of Recreation has pitched a plan that includes renderings and even a YouTube video.

The city has shown their support for the new garden by clearing the land, putting up a fence and installing water lines. Now funding is needed to complete the garden. Residents have about $3,000 of the $20,700 estimated to build it. They have set up an online campaign on IndieGoGo to raise the money, where they include more information on their plans.

“Everybody wants this park to happen,” according to The Richmond Friends of Recreation.

Local artists are sharing their expertise to create the garden, including Nicole Kite, who drew up a sketch of the proposed garden:

A sketch of what the new community garden might look like.Daud Abdullah, working with kids at Washington elementary, will turn a trash can into a piece of mosaic art for the garden, and other artists including sculptors and woodworkers are standing by to help with the transformation. A sketch of what the new community garden might look like.The garden will also include an iron entrance gate surrounded by a “living fence,” a pathway from E. Richmond Street to the garden that is ADA compliant, a natural stone foundation, drinking fountain, picnic tables, benches, and crape myrtle trees, olive trees and small plants.

Just so you are clear on where this garden will be located:

A sketch of what the new community garden might look like.


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.