More than 200 volunteers renovate Wendell Park

More than 200 volunteers renovate Wendell Park
All photos by Mike Kinney

More than 200 Target employees, city workers and community volunteers helped build a new playground and other new amenities at Wendell Park on Friday.
The park at 26th Street and Wendell Avenue was designed in January, when children from the neighborhood put crayons to paper to draw their dream playground, according to the city.

Following a prep day on Wednesday, volunteers met at the park on Friday and assembled the playground in less than six hours.

“They mixed and poured thousands of pounds of concrete and moved enough safety surfacing to cover more than nine NBA-sized basketball courts,” according to a statement by the city.

The park, which also got new trees, art additions and planters, received the single-day renovation thanks to a KaBOOM! grant awarded to the Friends of Wendell Park, with assistance from the city of Richmond and Target. Target brought nearly 200 employees from all over the Bay Area to help out Friday, said Dennis Egler, district team leader for Target.

He said volunteers came from all over the Bay Area as a way to support the community, which includes people who shop at their stores.

Target and KaBOOM! have partnered to help bring safe play spaces for underserved young people.

Volunteers warmed up Friday by doing the Zumba dance. They wore festive clothing in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
“Serving alongside corporate and community volunteers who are ensuring children and families have a safe and vibrant park is an amazing experience,” said Bill Lindsay, Richmond city manager.  “I learned today that many of the community volunteers played at this park when they were kids. I know this new playground and other park enhancements will create new memories for generations to come.”