What is Pogo Park?

Founded in 2007, Pogo Park is a community development corporation based in Richmond, California. Pogo Park transforms blighted, neglected, and little-used city parks in one of the Bay Area’s toughest inner-city neighborhoods (Richmond’s Iron Triangle) into safe, beautiful, and green public spaces for children to play and where the community comes together.

What kind of an organization is Pogo Park?

We are a community development corporation and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Richmond, CA.

Who funds Pogo Park?

We are funded by foundations, individual donors and by our for-profit enterprise, Pogo Park Products. Some of our biggest funders are: The California Endowment, Chevron eQuip Richmond, and The State of California Department of Parks and Recreation.

What is your sustainability plan?

Pogo Park’s strategy for sustainability is to diversify Pogo Park’s income streams. Working closely with Pogo Park’s board of directors, we adopted a long-term financial sustainability plan titled “⅓, ⅓, ⅓.” This means that we plan to generate 1/3 of our income from foundations, 1/3 from donors (both business and individual), and 1/3 from earned income.

We are also actively strategizing to increase our sustainability by acquiring land for public use. A parcel of land adjacent to Harbour-8 and the Richmond Greenway was recently purchased by The Conservation Fund to help support the organization through new revenue streams.

How do I know my donation is making a difference?

When you donate to Pogo Park your dollars go directly into benefiting the Iron Triangle, including the salaries of the ten members of the Iron Triangle community resident team, as well as art supplies, gardening tools, and other items that support the programming that Pogo Park offers free of charge to children and parents in the community. 

Is it free to participate in activities at the park?

Pogo Park offers free activities at Elm Playlot Tuesday-Friday on a drop-in basis. No sign ups are required. Pogo Park also offers free lunches to all children in the Iron Triangle during summer vacation.

Has Pogo Park won any awards?

Pogo Park has won the following awards and distinctions:

2010 Jefferson Award for Public Service – Jefferson Award Foundation
2010 Best Playground “Best of the Bay” – San Francisco Magazine
2012 Local Hero Award – Comcast
2012 Woman of the Year Award – California’s 14th Assembly District
2013 Certificate of Recognition – City of Richmond
2014 Winner – Google Impact Challenge
2014 Sui Generis Award – Sui Generis Foundation
2014 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition – U.S. Congress
2015 “Success Story,” California State Parks, Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
2016 Woman of the Year – State of California Assembly
2017 Nonprofit of the Year Award, Richmond Chamber of Commerce
2017 Community Leadership Award – San Francisco Foundation

Do you offer tours?

We offer tours to interested parties at specific times of the year. Ask about the next tour by writing to contact@pogopark.org. Or sign up for our mailing list here to find out about upcoming events, tours and fundraisers.

Is the park safe?

The park at Elm Playlot is staffed Tuesday–Saturday from 9am to 5pm by members of our community resident team who keep a watchful eye on the park so that it is safe for children to play and for families to visit.

does pogo park have  a calendar of events?

Read our calendar of events here.

how can i learn more about pogo park? 

Start by reading through our “Top Five” articles in the press, which you can find here.

What does your Community Development Team do?

Pogo Park works shoulder-to-shoulder with residents of the Iron Triangle community. The community development team is a group of residents from the neighborhood who run our two Pogo Parks. Team members work in the park and/or are trained to build and design park structures and amenities. Over the years we have hired and trained over 20 local residents to work as park designers, supervisors, food servers, community researchers, meeting facilitators, conflict resolution mediators, and first-aid providers, and to participate in all facets of park development and construction.