Residents encouraged to help construct new Carlson Meadow

Residents encouraged to help construct new Carlson Meadow

A new park called Carlson Meadow — located at Carlson Boulevard and the Richmond Greenway — is being constructed as part of an ongoing project to revitalize the Greenway via a partnership between Groundwork Richmond, The Watershed Project and the City of Richmond.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, Groundwork Richmond has invited the local community to help work on the budding park space from 9 a.m. to noon. At the event, Groundwork officials say they will be sheet mulching and fine tuning the planting plan along the eastern portion of the Greenway, a three-mile former railway corridor that has transformed into a pedestrian and cycling trail with park spaces. 

Light refreshments will be served to volunteers.

Work on the park space is part of the Greening the Last Mile project and will focus on trail intersections at Carlson Boulevard, 33rd & 39th streets, according to Groundwork.

As part of the project, The Watershed Project will develop rainwater gardens and bioswales to control future stormwater surges.

The project will also enhance trails for pedestrians and cyclists and provide connectivity between El Cerrito/San Pablo Avenue, the Richmond Civic Center, and the city’s new Unity Park at 16th Street and Richmond Greenway, according to Groundwork.

“Visitors to the trail will notice an enhanced gateway with new benches, an informational kiosk, and bike racks at the Carlson Boulevard entrance to the Richmond Greenway Trail,” they said.

Groundwork Richmond is planting trees and will design, build and maintain it with help from community members and its Green Team, a skills training program for local youth. The park will serve as an “outdoor classroom,” the nonprofit said.

“Greening the Last Mile is funded by California’s Strategic Growth Council and is made possible by a partnership with the California Natural Resources Agency,” according to Groundwork.