PARENTS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS COME TOGETHER TO DESIGN THEIR DREAM PARKS IN UNDERSERVED NEIGHBORHOODS

Three Richmond parks named as a top priority for renovation to create safe and equitable parks

What:

Richmond families, residents, and community leaders come together for a community workshop to design their dream parks at Boorman, Richard Boyd (formerly known as Atchinson), and Nicholl parks.  After a community-led parks assessment in September and a follow up workshop in January, residents determined the top 3 parks in need of priority attention. On March 9th, residents will offer their ideas and dreams for improvements and the results will be used to inform the city of Richmond of investments needed to promote safe, equitable, and quality parks for children and families in Richmond.

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“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.

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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.

“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.

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

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When and Where:

Saturday, March 9, 2019

9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Nevin Community Center

568 Nevin Ave., Richmond, CA 94801

Who:

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

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

925-726-7279

rlaughlin@first5coco.org

Why:

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: http://www.first5coco.org/funded-programs/regional-groupsparent-advocacy/

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