Thrive Thursdays returning to Martin Luther King Jr. Park this summer

Thrive Thursdays returning to Martin Luther King Jr. Park this summer
Photo courtesy of the event's website.

Thrive Thursdays is returning this summer to Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Richmond after a successful debut in 2023, according to organizers.

The weekly event brings a whole host of healthy activities and resources to the park at Harbour Way South and Virginia Avenue from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and Richmond City Councilmember Doria Robinson created Thursday Thursdays last year with a focus on health, equity-centered nonprofits, County physicians and other public health workers and wellness activities. As the event grew, activities broadened to include soccer, running, walking, pickleball, Zumba, yoga, aerobics and bodyweight training.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are provided for free at this event. Also popular is the “Walk with a Doc” program, which enables residents to walk the oval track with a County doctor while asking about health, fitness and nutrition.

“Residents found tremendous value from Thrive Thursdays because there was always something there for everyone,” Supervisor Gioia said. “Equity is bringing public health resources and education out of silos and facilities and delivering them to people where they live.”

Councilmember Robinson said MLK Park “truly came alive” during Thrive Thursdays last summer.

“I look forward to bringing back ‘Walk with a Doc,’ the free Farm Stand, sports teams, City
recreation and other health resources,” Robinson said. “Richmond has so many vibrant health organizations and City resources that can help our residents take charge of our health.”

More information can be found on the Thrive Thursday website.