Sep 24, 2015
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Richmond residents who are anticipating the single-day rebuild of John F. Kennedy Park next month had even more reason to be excited Wednesday after NBC Bay Area aired a story about the community-led effort.

More than 400 volunteers are expected to head out to JFK Park at Cutting Boulevard and South 41st Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 to help rebuild the underutilized park in just one day.

The City of Richmond and The Trust for Public Land have partnered to design a modernization of the 7-acre park built in 1968. On build-day on Oct. 24, which doubles as national Make a Difference Day, hundreds of volunteers will band together to make the modernization plans a reality. They will help build a play structure, plant trees, paint a mural, snap photographs and much more.

“Whatever your age or fitness level, we have a job for you,” organizers said.

The NBC Bay Area report offered more insight into some of the improvements being planned:

“The work will add a children’s play area complete with swings, a climbing wall and a skate park,” the report stated. “A small gazebo will be whipped-into a community gathering area, with barbecues, picnic tables and an area for an outdoor classes. The shed will be rebuilt. The gazebo will get an actual roof.”

A victory garden and a new fitness trail were also mentioned, along with Bay-friendly landscaping and a new game court.

Funds are still being raised to redo the basketball courts, but if the money doesn’t come through before build day organizers plan to hang a banner that says “coming soon,” according to the NBC Bay Area report.

In July, organizers held a public Design Festival to exhibit park ideas and solicit support. In May, park renovations got a head start when TLC for Kids Sports and OC Jones and Sons volunteered to renovate the ballfield.

For those who would like to volunteer on Oct. 24’s build day, register 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.