Sep 26, 2016
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Richmond is set to have its own version of Off the Grid in the Hilltop area starting Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to officials with the Richmond Tool Library.

The so-called “Food Emporium” — a space where the Richmond community can “regularly gather, socialize and have fun” — is set to take place every fourth Friday at Hilltop Lake Park, located at Richmond Parkway and Lakeside Dr.

We learned this Monday from the Richmond Tool Library Facebook page, which discussed a partnership with the Hilltop District Homeowners & Stakeholders Association and the #RichmondLoveYourBlock Initiative.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, the organizations teamed to sheet mulch the park in preparation for the Food Emporium. The new Richmond Tool Library, which allows residents to check out tools for improvement projects with their library card, provided equipment for the effort.

“This area is a hidden gem that most residents don’t know to about,” Cesar Zepeda, president of the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council, told representatives of the Richmond Tool Library after the effort. “If we promote it more, people will utilize it and we can better direct resources to ensure that it’s properly maintained and shared by all. With the RTL and LYB, putting this project together became a much easier task. They have helped create the foundation to turn this unknown park from just dirt and rocks, to what residents have envisioned: a beautiful gathering place that the community will enjoy daily and feel proud of. Thank you for letting us borrow tools to build our community and share the love for our block and parks.”

See the Facebook event page for more info on Oct. 28.

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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.