Countywide Event: Parents Follow Up on Richmond Parks Assessment

Richmond families, residents, and community leaders come together for a community workshop to review the results of the 2018 Richmond Parks Assessment, make recommendations, and prioritize the parks in most need. After assessing 25 Richmond parks located in historically underserved communities, parent advocates are leading an effort to create equitable access to safe, quality outdoor spaces for Richmond children and families. The workshop is open to the Richmond community and organized by the West County Regional Group, First 5 Contra Costa, the City of Richmond, and Healthy & Active Before 5.

“Parks are important for our children to grow up healthy.  Just because we live in a low-income area, doesn’t mean our children should have less. Our kids and communities deserve quality parks to play and be active”, said Leydi Maldonado, Chair of the parent advocacy group, West County Regional Group.

The results from the workshop will be used to guide the City of Richmond’s priorities for future park projects and to solicit grants for needed improvements.

“Working in partnership with families, the City of Richmond and dedicated local organizations, our goal is to identify what’s working and what’s needed in Richmond parks. Together, we can improve the parks so that all children benefit from safe, quality parks in their neighborhoods”, said Rhea Elina Laughlin with First 5 Contra Costa.

Free childcare, Spanish interpretation, and limited free breakfast will be provided at the workshop held at the Nevin Community Center.

The parent-led countywide initiative to improve parks in underserved communities has resulted in more than $2.6 million in local park investments and 7 park renovations in San Pablo, Concord, Pittsburg and Antioch.

When and Where:

Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Nevin Community Center
568 Nevin Ave., Richmond, CA 94801


The park improvement project is carried out by the West County Regional Group, First 5 Contra Costa, the City of Richmond, and Healthy & Active Before 5.

The West County Regional Group is a parent advocacy group of Richmond and San Pablo residents working to make West County healthier, safer, and more equitable for young children and families.

First 5 Contra Costa helps young children start school healthy, nurtured and ready to learn by investing in programs and activities focused on children during their first five years—the most important time in children’s development.

Media Contact:

Rhea Elina Laughlin
First 5 Contra Costa
Community Engagement Program Officer



Physical outdoor play is important for children’s health and development. First 5 Contra Costa and the three parent advocacy groups it sponsors have partnered with city officials to refurbish seven neglected parks in low-income communities throughout the county through local investments.


Learn more:

Brian Kelley
Communications Assistant II
First 5 Contra Costa
1485 Civic Court, Suite 1200
Concord, CA 94520
925-771-7325 [direct]


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