A once neglected former play lot on South 2nd Street in the Sante Fe neighborhood is transitioning into a vibrant and active space with basketball and futsal (soccer) courts, children’s play areas and a seating area.
A grand opening for Sante Fe Union Park, located between Florida and Main avenues, is set for Saturday, July 18 at noon.
The renovation effort began when The Santa Fe Neighborhood Council, working with police to make their area safer, decided the lot could fill a void in youth activity left by the closure of the Martin Luther King Center. Neighbors, the City of Richmond, Local 342 and the Building and Construction Trades Council collaborated to make the renovations, according to the nonprofit For Richmond, which also contributed.
Once covered with weeds, cracked concrete and rusted fences, the lot has made a significant comeback. The photo below was what it looked like before the renovation. The photo above is what the lot looked like Tuesday (June 23).
For Richmond asks anyone in the local community wishing to attend to RSVP here or call 510-260-0290 so attendance can be gauged.