Residents invited to workshop on improving Richmond parks

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City invites residents to assess Richmond parks

Twenty-five parks in Richmond have been assessed and the results are in, leading to a community workshop at Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave., this Saturday, Jan. 26.

The results from the workshop will be used to guide the City of Richmond’s priorities for future park projects and to solicit grants for needed improvements.

The parks assessment was conducted in September as part of a partnership involving the City of Richmond Community Services Department, First 5 Contra Costa, Healthy and Active Before 5, and the West County Regional Group, which is made up of parent advocates from Richmond and San Pablo.

Burg Park in Richmond.

The workshop will “provide a guideline for decision makers to allocate funding and implement policies that will improve, activate, and increase usage of parks in the City of Richmond,” city officials said.

Several cities in Contra Costa County have partnered with the coalition to conduct these assessments, including San Pablo, Concord, Pittsburg, and Antioch.

The assessments have successfully led to more than $2.5 million in park allocations, including the construction of seven new playgrounds throughout the county, officials said.

In 2015, we reported about the success of the collaboration in San Pablo, which led to hundreds of thousands of dollars allocated to Davis Park improvements.

Saturday’s event will include free childcare, breakfast, and interpretation for participants.

RSVP: Register here or call 925-771-7320

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