Feb 3, 2016
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A children’s play street that is part of the Yellow Brick Road Project in Richmond’s Iron Triangle neighborhood will be built before Super Bowl Sunday thanks to a $50,000 grant from the 50 Fund and NFL Foundation, according to the nonprofit Pogo Park, which won the award.

The grant is one piece of $750,000 in Super Bowl-related grants that have been given to Bay Area cities and organizations toward the goal of turning everyday spaces into places for play.

The planned children’s play street in the Iron Triangle, at Elm Avenue and 8th Street (rendering pictured below), will be completed by Friday. A ribbon-cutting will be attended at the location at 4 p.m. Friday attended by Richmond Mayor Tom Butt.

The installations include building a traffic-calming circle at the busy intersection that “will force cars to slow down and allow thousands children and their families to play on the street,” Pogo Park said in a statement.

Pogo Park said it is teaming with the city of Richmond, transportation engineers Fehr & Peers and local business Scientific Art Studio to install the roundabout, which includes a 9-foot tall wooden totem pole in the center that was designed and hand-carved by local residents.

rendering.2-3The installation is part of the far broader Yellow Brick Road Project, a neighborhood-wide traffic calming effort that is moving forward thanks to the recent approval of a $6.2 million state grant. The Yellow Brick Road Project intends to make streets friendlier for pedestrians and cyclists and includes a yellow pathway connecting families to schools and other neighborhood centers.

The concept emerged from a group of Iron Triangle youths during a summer project in 2008. They came up with the idea to stencil yellow bricks on the ground connecting families to schools, churches, parks and cultural institutions.


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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.