Richmond to dedicate new park during King holiday service project
Unity Park will be dedicated at the annual Day of Service for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 15.RICHMOND — The city’s 11th annual Day of Service in commemoration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 15 will coincide the grand opening of Unity Park on the Richmond Greenway.
Hundreds of volunteers are expected to participate in service projects such as plantings, mulching, and litter cleanup along the greenway, starting out from the entrance at South 16th Street and Ohio Avenue, between Ohio and Chanslor avenues.
The day is ” the single largest community volunteer effort in West Contra Costa County,” say organizers.
“One service project led by Groundwork Richmond will be part of a larger effort to increase green spaces, not just around the Richmond Greenway Trail, but also in the Iron Triangle, Santa Fe, and Coronado neighborhoods thanks to a recent grant awarded to the city and the Trust for Public Land.”
The day will start with a short Unity March at 8 a.m. from the Richmond BART station to Unity Park.
Service projects will be done on the greenway between Harbour Way and South 21st Street from 9 a.m. to noon. Tools and gloves will be available for volunteers, though organizers say ” If you have your own pair of gloves please bring them so everyone gets a chance to pitch in.”
Volunteers should also dress for outdoor work and bring a reusable water bottle. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.
At noon there will be a ribbon-cutting to dedicate Unity Park, a new public space designed through community input, entertainment and remarks by community leaders, and free hot meals for volunteers.
To RSVP visit https://www.facebook.com/events/836377613234195/.