USA Today awards community-led renovation at Richmond’s JFK Park


USA Today recently named the volunteer effort to rebuild John F. Kennedy Park in Richmond last year as one of three 2015 Make a Difference Day Community Awards, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay.

The honor comes with a $10,000 grant from Newman’s Own to support further programming at the park at Cutting Boulevard and 41st Street. USA Today will pay the expenses for a neighborhood leader to join city staff in accepting the award in Washington D.C.

In October of last year, more than 650 volunteers including residents, city officials and representatives of local nonprofits and businesses, teamed up to give the 7-acre JFK Park a major face-lift. Check out a photo tour of the volunteer effort here.

The many improvements — including new play structures, a fitness trail and outdoor fitness center, horseshoe pits, picnic pavilion, youth learning center and more — were made on national Make A Difference Day.

The JFK Park renovation was one of three efforts around the nation to win the 2015 Make a Difference Day Community Award.

In his weekly email newsletter, Lindsay praised the efforts of the Richmond community for making the renovation possible.

“This national recognition would not have been possible without the cross-sector support and collaboration among neighborhood leaders, The Trust for Public Land, Chevron, PG&E, Overaa Construction, Groundwork Richmond, Livie and Luca, Public Allies/Services, O.C. Jones and Sons, Kaiser Permanente, RichmondBuild, and staff members form several City departments.  And, of course, thank you to Rochelle Monk who knit this effort together.”

For more information regarding programming at John F. Kennedy Park other city parks, please contact (510) 620-6511.



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