Hundreds expected on Richmond Greenway for MLK Jr. Day of Service

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A photo of volunteers taken from last year's MLK Jr. Day of Service along Richmond Greenway.

Hundreds of community volunteers are expected to band together Monday to help beautify the Richmond Greenway and help on the Unity Park Project.

The popular annual event runs in conjunction with, and in honor of, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.

To volunteer, community members are asked to sign in at one of the three “Unity Park Design Tents” at 6th, 8th and 16th streets along the Greenway, located between Ohio and Chanslor avenues.

The focus Monday will be on the Unity Park Project, which will use $5 million in state grant money to create “Unity Park” on sections of the Richmond Greenway. Envisioned amenities include a community plaza, play area, walking paths, community garden, lawn area, restroom and public art.

Volunteers on Monday will be able to learn more about Unity Park, help share ideas on how to shape its future, and also get a bit dirty. Volunteer projects include clean-up, mulching, Bioswale planting, and art projects at Harbour 8 Park (for all ages). Refreshments and entertainment will be provided for the free event.

The Richmond Greenway is a three-mile former rail corridor that community members have long  been working to improve. In 2005, the city constructed a bike path along the corridor. Also, some 20 community organizations created Friends of the Richmond Greenway, which secured state grant for Unity Park.

This video provides a nice overview of the effort:

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