Parents Lead the Way Developing Activities at Belding Garcia Park
Parent leaders, in partnership with the City of Richmond Parks and Recreation, are taking the initiative to bring organized summer sports and fitness activities to Belding Garcia Park, located at 15th and Coalinga. Parents had previously expressed concerns about safety and maintenance at Belding Garcia Park, prompting Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative to organize a community discussion. A wonderful group effort by BBK Collaborative members, including parents and the City of Richmond Police Department, resulted in the implementation of a Neighborhood Park Watch training. BBK Collaborative parent leaders participated in the training, planned activities for Belding Garcia Park, led decision-making efforts, presented ideas to the BBK Health and Wellness working group, and finally began implementing activities this summer.
With support from BBK backbone staff and volunteers, newly implemented activities include kite flying, hula hooping, jump roping, volleyball, children’s bowling, yoga, kickball, soccer, and obstacle courses. With the introduction of sports equipment and more active games like flag football and softball, the number of participants and lunches served continues to increase. These activities are provided in conjunction with the West Contra Costa Unified School District Summer Meal Program occurring throughout Richmond. Lunches will be served from 11am-1pm on weekdays throughout the summer until August 15th. It is free for all children and youth under the age of 18.
Zumba started on July 7th and will continue until August 25th. It occurs on Mondays at 10:30am and Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am. Youth Enrichment Strategies (YES), Rich City Rides, and Girl Scouts have been out at Belding Garcia Park to support the Summer Lunch Program and parent-led activities. Rich City Rides provided free bike repair services and will provide upcoming information about group rides.