National Park Service to host pop-up park in downtown Richmond

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Rangers with the National Park Service are hosting a PARK(ing) Day event in front of Rich City Rides (1500 Macdonald Ave.) on Friday, Sept. 15.

The event, held annually in conjunction with the globally celebrated PARK (ing) Day, will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and aims to get the community re-thinking what makes a park and also serves as a reminder of the great park spaces that exist locally.

Previous years’ PARK(ing) Day events have occurred along San Pablo Avenue and in Point Richmond.

Friday’s temporary green space will be designed “with a focus on relaxing and interactive activities” that invite visitors to stretch their legs amid an urban environment. At the event, NPS staff will be available to answer questions, take pictures and provide information on parks and open space.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to bring a small representation of the parks to the people in urban areas and highlight some of our lesser known parks and programs throughout the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area,” Deputy Superintendent Sue Fritzke said.

Great local park experiences include Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. Additionally, the city is home to more than 3,300 acres of regional and state parklands located along the shoreline and in the East Bay hills, and more than 250 acres of city-owned urban parkland.

Also, community-initiated park spaces were developed such as the Harbor 8 and Unity Park along the Richmond Greenway.