Aug 1, 2014
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A heart-warming video released this week shows how a Richmond park that was renovated last year became a vibrant and safe place to play this summer after residents found ways to get community members involved in park activities.

In October of last year, hundreds of community volunteers gathered to renovate Belding-Garcia Park at 17th Street and Coalinga Avenue in just a single day. Despite having the gorgeous new open space, families expressed concern about safety there, according to a parent at Chavez Elementary School, which neighbors the park.

“We had had this park that was recently remodeled…and families weren’t able to use it,” the parent said. “They didn’t feel safe coming to the park.”

So about 40 parents of Chavez students and residents met to discuss ways to make the park safer. That led to the June 9 launch of a program serving healthy lunches to kids at the park, with community activities such as Zumba, yoga, martial arts classes and even bicycle safety courses launching last month.

Check out photos and learn more information about the Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative Summer Lunch Program here. Also, BBK’s interns published a fun blog about their experiences this summer here.


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.