MLK Jr. Day of Service on the Richmond Greenway

Richmond interns spent the recent MLK Jr. Holiday volunteering at the Richmond Greenway.

The Richmond Greenway Trail is a project that was originally inspired by longtime Richmond resident, Lillie Mae Jones. She had a vision for her city and a dream of transforming the former Santa Fe railroad corridor into a transportation and open space resource for the community to enjoy. Her dedication and planning which started almost 60 years ago has now inspired countless individuals to make her vision come true.

The Richmond Greenway Trail. Image courtesy of the Richmond Standard

Today, the greenway is a thriving green corridor. Visitors will find numerous community gardens, bike paths, and vibrant art along the way. The trail provides people with opportunities to walk, bike, exercise, socialize, observe local wildlife, and learn about their community. It runs parallel to Ohio and Chanslor Streets and will ultimately connect the San Francisco Bay Trail on the west with the Ohlone Greenway trail in the City of El Cerrito on the east.

Map of Richmond and El Cerrito showing the Richmond Greenway and Ohlone Greenway trail.

We were happy to be a part of the 16th annual MLK Day on the Richmond Greenway hosted by Urban Tilth and the City of Richmond. Earth Team interns and staff completed restoration activities led by The Watershed Project on a section of the trail. Alongside other dedicated volunteers, the group spread over 2,000 square feet of mulch and planted at least 50 native plants.

To wrap up the afternoon, interns joined the community in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We stopped at all the booths and chatted with several folks who are working to make Richmond a happier and healthier community.

A special shoutout to Rich City Rides! Thanks to their spin-the-wheel giveaway, one of our Richmond interns got to pedal away with a FREE BIKE! Congratulations Jonathan!

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