The Richmond Greenway is a three-mile community bicycle and pedestrian rail-trail bordered by 32 acres of community-designed artwork, urban agriculture and recreational space in a densely populated, underserved community in Richmond, Calif. RTC has been involved in the project since 1997, during which we have helped the city secure more than $2 million in planning and construction funding, assisted in the production of the Richmond Greenway Master Plan, conducted valuable community outreach and worked with local partners to establish Friends of the Richmond Greenway.
Support from RTC’s Metropolitan Grants Program has contributed to a multitude of initiatives that have enhanced the local area, including—
- The expansion of Urban Tilth’s trailside community garden program
- The installation of additional gardens by Gompers Garden
- Resources to enable Richmond SPOKES, a local bicycle co-op, host mobile workshops on the Greenway
- The purchase of bikes, through Pogo Park, for afterschool program bike rides and greenway tours
Additional support has been provided to Groundwork Richmond through funding from REI to help beautify their adopted locations with murals and greenery.
The transformation of the Richmond Greenway from a neglected corridor to a vibrant community space exemplifies the power of partnerships and community will to create a safe, well-connected neighborhood trail.