Help city design Mathieu Court Alley ‘Play Street’ on Wednesday


The community is encouraged to help the city design a Play Street for Mathieu Court Alley at a workshop Wednesday.

As we recently reported, the city won a Kaboom! grant to turn the recently renovated Iron Triangle alley into a community “play street,” which City Manager Bill Lindsay’s newsletter described as “a site or playground place where people can use it, and have it as a play street in addition to a green way.”

On Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., residents are encouraged to gather at one end of the alley at Barrett Avenue between 5th and 7th streets. There, they will be able to see and share design ideas.

Last year, the city transformed the once dilapidated 640-foot-long stretch between Barrett and Ripley avenues into an inviting pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. The alley was not only aesthetically improved, it also received a natural stormwater drainage system, planters for urban gardening and surveillance cameras to deter illegal activity such as dumping.

The pilot project, which city officials hope to carry out at other city alleyways, recently won a sustainability award.

This project is a collaboration involving the Richmond Art Center, the Trust for Public Land, and the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council. To learn more, contact Francisca Penafiel at or Lina Velasco at