Renovation of JFK Park basketball courts complete

Photo of the new basketball courts at John F. Kennedy Park in Richmond courtesy of David Castro.

All week, David Castro has been taking his kids on walks past John F. Kennedy Park at Cutting Blvd. and S. 41st Street, eagerly awaiting for the renovation of its basketball courts to be finished.

On Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., it finally happened, Castro said.

“Well [Tuesday] morning we drove our kids and took a basketball with us,” Castro said. “A truck was leaving the park with the perimeter fence stacked on a trailer and we were able to go play on the basketball court for the first time in 9 years.”

Castro wants the community to know that it is indeed open, and “it looks great.”

The renovation was made possible thanks to grants from the California Department of Parks and Recreation for outdoor basketball courts, which also funded renovation of the courts at the new Unity Park at 16th Street on the Richmond Greenway.

The new renovated court at JFK further enhances the park, which underwent a major facelift with help from a single-day community effort in 2016.

Here’s what the court looked like prior to renovation:

Richmond wins grants funding new basketball courts, youth programs
The dilapidated basketball courts at John F. Kennedy Park contrast new renovations at the public park in Richmond.