These 3 Richmond parks deserve ‘priority attention’

Atchison Park likely to be renamed 'Richard J. Boyd Park'
Richard J. Boyd Park (formerly known as Atchison)

Following a community-led assessment of 25 Richmond parks in underserved neighborhoods, three have been selected as needing priority attention: Boorman Park, Richard J. Boyd Park (formerly known as Atchison) and Nicholl Park.

This Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., residents are invited to the Nevin Community Center at 568 Nevin Ave. to help share ideas on how to transform those sites into dream parks. Your input will be used to guide the City of Richmond’s priorities for future park projects and to solicit grants for needed improvements.

This effort is 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.

It began in September with a parks assessment. Then in January, residents determined the top three parks in need of priority attention.

The parent-led countywide initiative to improve parks in underserved communities has resulted in more than $2.6 million in local park investments and seven park renovations in San Pablo, Concord, Pittsburg and Antioch.

“Working in partnership with families, the City of Richmond and dedicated local organizations, our goal is to identify what’s working and what’s needed in Richmond parks,” said Rhea Elina Laughlin with First 5 Contra Costa. 

“Parks are important for our children to grow up healthy,” added Leydi Maldonado, Chair of the parent advocacy group, West County Regional Group. “Just because we live in a low-income area, doesn’t mean our children should have less. Our kids and communities deserve quality parks to play and be active.

Free childcare, Spanish interpretation, and limited free breakfast will be provided at this Saturday’s workshop.

Learn more here.