Yellow Brick Road Commences

February 27, 2014

In 2009, youth from Richmond’s Iron Triangle neighborhood conceptualized the Yellow Brick Road project. The plan was to identify the key community assets of the Iron Triangle (schools, parks, community centers, BART, etc.) and then stencil yellow bricks across the streets and sidewalks that link these assets together. The resulting Yellow Brick Road would be maintained and protected by the community, providing a network of safe, green, and clean walking routes.

Recognizing the promise of this vision, Caltrans awarded a planning grant to the City of Richmond in partnership with Pogo Park and the Local Government Commission. Starting with a dedicated group of volunteer residents of different ages and backgrounds, we’re working together to get the Yellow Brick Road off the ground. The Caltrans grant has also enabled us to add transportation planning and design experts from Fehr and Peers to help us with design tools and strategies to improve safety and walkability.

Last week, Pogo Park staff and community volunteers kicked off the project’s identification phase. Each day, these residents walked the Iron Triangle to pinpoint key community assets, determine the best routes for the Yellow Brick Road, and record any barriers that prevent walkability.

Click here for more pictures of Yellow Brick Road’s identification phase.

MLK Day 2014

January 20th, 2014

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Friends of the Richmond Greenway (FORG), a collaboration of over 20 community-based organizations in Richmond that includes Pogo Park, hosted an MLK Day of Service on the Richmond Greenway. From 9-2, the Greenway was abuzz with volunteer projects, healthy food, lively music, a children’s zone, and an MLK remembrance ceremony. 627 volunteers showed up to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by dedicating their time to help develop the Greenway into a safe, green, and clean public space to better serve children and the local community.

Click here for more pictures from MLK day.

Tours of Pogo Park

December 14, 2013

Last weekend, Pogo Park held a tour of our projects in Richmond for Pogo Park’s board members and their families and friends. It gave guests a chance to see first-hand how five years of dreaming and planning is now being actualized at our parks. Pictures of this tour, displayed in this album, were taken by David Meza of Zap.Inc.

More tours will be held in the coming months for funders, city staff, community-based organizations, and the general public. If you would like to be notified when these tours come up, please email Sundiata at sundiata@pogopark.org with your name and organization.

Click here for Richmond Pulse’s news article on our tour.

Community Outreach Underway for Harbour-8 Park

September 18, 2013

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Pogo Park’s EPAC team of local residents has begun to conduct extensive community outreach in the neighborhood that surrounds Harbour-8 Park. The EPAC team knocked on hundreds of doors of local homes and businesses, visited schools, churches, and other community organizations to inform the community about Harbour-8 Park – and solicit feedback. This community outreach helps us to design and build a park that best serves the needs of people who live in the neighborhood.

Pogo Park Visits Redding School of the Arts

August 29, 2013

Pogo Park took 15 Richmond residents to Redding School of the Arts, a charter school known for its innovative children’s play and art programs. During our visit, adults and children alike lost themselves in the school’s cutting-edge play equipment, gaining inspiration and ideas that we look to bring back to the city parks of Richmond.

The playground’s main attraction was the 70-foot Berliner Speedway Zip Line, the only zip line of its kind in California. The zip line was a major hit with our group, and we are moving ahead with plans to install one at Elm Playlot.

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Pogo Park and City of Richmond reach the final round of Urban Greening Grant

August 30, 2013

This week The State of California released its list of accepted proposals for the Strategic Growth Council’s Urban Greening Grant. The proposal submitted by Pogo Park, The City of Richmond, Groundwork Richmond and the Watershed Project made the list of proposals invited to submit full applications. Pogo Park’s proposal suggested greening for a mile-long segment of the Richmond Greenway that would link several already funded projects and would complete the restoration of the Richmond Greenway, finalizing this former rail corridor’s transformation into a community, transportation and ecological resource for decades to come.

Pogo Park Partners with The Trust for Public Land

August 5, 2013

As part of its rapid “Park Activation Program”, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) will provide $150,000 in support to help Pogo Park and the city of Richmond plan, design, and build a two-block section of the Richmond Greenway into Harbour-8 Park.

TPL will be provide both capital and technical support to help Pogo Park with the community involvement phase for this community design-build play area and garden project. Construction of Harbour-8 Park is scheduled to begin in 2014.

Construction at Elm Playlot Begins!

September 1, 2013

After five years of planning, construction is finally underway at Elm Playlot! The construction fence went up at Elm Playlot in September 2013; the new park will open in Spring 2014. In cooperation with the City of Richmond, Pogo Park will lead the community-build portion of the project, implementing our community-based approach to park and play area restorations.