Feb 9, 2015
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Two mosaic murals that were recently erected at Parchester Neighborhood Community Center are a testament to the 300-plus community volunteers who banded together on Oct. 25 to transform the adjacent park in a single day.

The Trust for Public Land funded the effort to create the artwork, and artist Rachel Rodi was behind their design, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay’s weekly newsletter.

But Parchester residents and community volunteers have taken the spotlight, as the handmade tiles that make up the mosaic murals shine as a dedication to their single-day effort to revitalize the Parchester park and playground.

The murals are posted on the back wall of the Parchester Community Center, facing the new playground:

parchester.2-9 Here’s a close-up of one of the murals:

parchester.2-9-1Parchester neighbors and community volunteers gathered on Oct. 25 to rehabilitate the park, with funding help from Berkeley-based Livie & Luca and the City of Richmond. That day was also Make a Difference Day, the nation’s “largest day of volunteerism.

A few days after the rehabilitation, we posted before-and-after pictures to show the dramatic transformation:

beforeandafter.2-9The renovation was similar to the 2013 remodel of Belding-Garcia Park, which was transformed in one day with the help of hundreds of community volunteers. The idea for the revitalization efforts is to provide families a safe and inviting place to gather, play and exercise.


  1. I recently learned of the crimes that have been committed and report to police. I live at 656 27th Street , sort of in the mist of all that has been reported. My neighbor informed me of the organization that would keep me a abreast of any all criminal activities taking place in my neighborhood

    Dolores Dyer | Feb 10th, 2015

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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.