Community to unite to rebuild Parchester Village park on Oct. 25


Following months of planning and anticipation, the community is set to come together on Oct. 25 to rebuild the Parchester Village park and playground.

The fields at 900 Williams Drive were selected by Berkeley-based children’s shoe company Livie & Luca and the City of Richmond to undergo a renovation similar to last year’s remodel of Belding-Garcia Park, which was transformed in one day with the help of more than 300 community volunteers.

There are four ways community members can contribute to this neighborhood improvement project, according to city staff. One way of course is to show up Oct. 25 and get to work. All ages and skills are welcome, as there is a wide variety of duties required, from building to planting to preparing food for volunteers.

Neighbors can also donate to a project wish list (see the wish list posted below), or make a monetary donation. They can also help by purchasing the shoe “Petal” from Livie & Luca shoe company, as all proceeds support the park project.

Another way to help is to plant trees. On the same day as the park rebuild, local group Richmond Trees will honor Arbor Day 2014 by adding 36 trees to the park from 7 a.m. to noon. Types of trees include Chinese Pistaches, Bottlebrush, a Redwood, Live Oaks and Sequoia Sempervivens. The tree planting is funded by the Trust for Public Land, which will also buy some of the new playground equipment. To help in the planting effort, sign up here:

Pacific Gas & Electric and Kaiser Permanente are also among the contributors to the park rebuilding effort.

Here’s the wish list and schedule of events leading up to the rebuild: