Five large-scale art projects approved for Shields-Reid Park

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Shields-Reid Community Center and Park.

Five local artists will each create and install large-scale artworks as part of an $8 million project to revitalize Shields-Reid Park in North Richmond.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Richmond City Council approved granting $580,000 in contracts to the artists to carry out the projects. The artists were selected following a competitive application process.

Javier Rocabado will design, fabricate and install a series of four mosaic tile artworks on the front of the community center with a theme of music and sports (1a-d on graphic below); Alexandra Bowman will design, fabricate and install a series of four mural artworks on the back wall of the facility (2a-d); Edwin Marmanillo will take on Art Site #3, Habitat Garden area; the Lewis Watts Team will design, fabricate and install the Site 4 Stage left and right; and James Moore will design, fabricate, and install an art sculpture in Site 5 Park Gateway Entrance.

The city received $8 million from the California Dept. of Parks and Recreation to renovate the 5.17-acre Shields Reid Park. The project aims to improve health and wellness, safety, beauty, access to outdoor recreation, and to help catalyze community revitalization for a diversity of ages and abilities, according to the city.

The project will include a stage, children’s play areas with integrated artwork, a fitness zone, community gathering areas with a shady grove of trees, handball court, outdoor classroom, a multi-use trail with fitness stations, water play area, bicycle pump track, a public restroom with amenities, perimeter fencing, and lighting, city documents state.

For more information on the project, go here.