Fitness zone to be built at MLK Jr. Park in Richmond

Fitness zone to be built at MLK Jr. Park in Richmond
This is a fitness zone that was built at John F. Kennedy Park in Richmond in 2016. A separate fitness zone is slated to be constructed at MLK Jr. Park in Richmond.

A fitness zone is slated to be constructed in Martin Luther King Jr. Park at 1300 Virginia Ave. in Richmond.

A $75,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente is set to be used to construct the fitness zone. On Tuesday, March 6, Richmond City Council is set to vote on whether to approve the grant project.

Last year, the city collaborated with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to win the grant to design and build the fitness zone.

TPL is a national nonprofit that creates parks and protects land. It has partnered with the city on several recent local projects, including Harbour-8 Park, as well as improvements at Parchester Park and the John F. Kennedy Park, which received its own fitness zone (pictured above) during a community rebuild project in 2015.

“TPL will design, provide project management and construction management services” for the MLK Jr. Park fitness zone, according to city documents.

The MLK Jr. Park fitness zone will be part of the Richmond Wellness Trail Project, an ongoing effort to create a health and wellness bicycle and pedestrian pathways connecting important spots in downtown Richmond, such as Kaiser and the BART station, to Richmond’s waterfront sites including Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

The wellness trail would run along Marina Way and pass through MLK Jr. Park, as you will see in this map: