Continue To Pour Into Richmond
February 28, 2003
Progress continues to create a world class trail system in Richmond.
Trails are important for a number of reasons. They improve the quality
of life for people who live and work in Richmond by providing
recreation, alternative transportation and open space. They are actually
linear parks that connect components of a larger park system as well as
residential and business areas. Significantly, trails also become a draw
for visitors, making Richmond a destination city and changing the image
for the better.
The Coastal Conservancy has approved a $45,000 grant to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to provide critical services, including public outreach, to the City of Richmond for the Richmond Greenway project. Design of the Richmond Greenway continues along with various environmental analyses required for implementation.
The City of Richmond and the Rails to rails Conservancy have already received approximately $2 million in grants for the Richmond Greenway.
The Richmond Greenway follows an old railroad right-of-way through central Richmond from the Garrard leg of the Richmond Parkway on the west to San Pablo on the east. The west end connects with the Bay rail, and the east end connects with the Ohlone Greenway that continue from El Cerrito through Albany and Berkeley. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.