Elm Playlot

Beginning in 2008 Pogo Park began transforming Elm Playlot, a half-acre “pocket park” that lies in the heart of the Iron Triangle neighborhood. Today all of the elements in the park were planned, designed, and built by community residents: disc swings, a trike path, sandboxes, teepee, stick hut, fort, custom-made benches, zip-line, a tot-lot with a mountain stream, water fountains, ball wall, community garden, and a park office with a meeting room, bathrooms, and eating facilities.

Elm Playlot provides enriched activities through weekly program offerings and a “hosted” play model. Pogo Park offers stimulating activities and dynamic programs with the help of community partners and adult staff Tuesday thru Saturday (in the summer) and Tuesday thru Friday during the school year, free of charge and on a drop-in basis. Drop in activities tetherball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, ping pong, swinging, running, dancing, climbing, wrestling, balancing, boxing, jumping, riding a bike, scooter or skateboard, arts & crafts, chess, puzzles, drawing, painting, sewing, and building, as well as daily Zumba for adults and nature-inspired classes for children.

Location: 8th Street and Elm Avenue, Richmond, CA

Harbour-8 Park

Located on two formerly abandoned and derelict blocks on the Richmond Greenway, Harbour-8 Park is being transformed in stages by community residents into the second Pogo Park. Pogo Park partnered with The Trust for Public Land to design and build a children’s play area, a community garden, bio-swale and plant trees. Then we hired local artists to paint a mural on the fence. Then we partnered with the Trust for Public Land to design and build the clubhouse, sandbox, toddler swings, spider-web, perimeter fence and wood benches. Harbour-8 is now a vibrant outdoor space for children to play, surrounded by community gardens and public art and located within two blocks of five schools that serve thousands of Richmond children.

Location: 8th Street and Elm Avenue, Richmond, CA