Caption: Monzerrat Loza (L) and Natalie Keltner-McNeil (R), former and current Coalition student staff members are joined by Alexis Williams, a former UC Berkeley Every Kid in a Park-Richmond Intern who became a park guide through the American Conservation Experience (ACE) 8-month internship at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond.  

 

It’s been a busy and productive year for the Richmond Outdoors Coalition, a group of cross-sector partners in Richmond who are expanding equitable access to the outdoors.

 

The North Richmond Shoreline Annual Festival took place on October 6, 2018 in celebration of Bay Day in Point Pinole Regional Park and included free food, kayaking, bird watching, nature walks, and naturalists. THANK YOU to Richmond Outdoors Coalition member Lana Martarella for spearheading the leadership on this amazing community event. Take a look at the event's highlight video here.

 

Caption: Groundwork Richmond Executive Director Matt Holmes and Richmond Outdoors Coalition program coordinator Monzerrat Loza share information with the attendees about the logo contest and prizes

Caption: Festival attendees share designs and feedback on the the Richmond Outdoors Coalition logo

At the festival, the Richmond Outdoors Coalition hosted a booth to solicit community designs and feedback on a logo for the Richmond Outdoors Coalition. Stay tuned for the announcement of the final logo design and winners! Thank you to our sponsors: Berkeley Ironworks, City of Richmond, Columbia Sportswear, Groundwork Richmond, National Park Foundation, REI, Rich City Rides, Safe Routes to School Contra Costa County, Traders Joe’s, and YES Nature to Neighborhoods.

Caption: Members of the Richmond Community and Richmond Outdoors Coalition assess parks led by First Five Contra Costa and the City of Richmond

Our partner, First Five Contra Costa, worked with the City of Richmond and many community partners to lead a Richmond Parks Assessment in September. Together, we visited 25 parks in disadvantaged communities in Richmond to evaluate the conditions and access to the parks. There will be a Richmond Community Parks workshop to learn the results of the survey on Saturday, January 26, 9:30 AM- 1:30 PM. Childcare, Breakfast and interpretation will be provided. Please RSVP by Fri Jan 11 here. Thank you to First Five for their leadership. The Richmond assessment is one of five Contra Costa cities where they advocated for local parks as part of their Community Engagement Program 2018. Check out their video of accomplishments here!