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Grant to Connect Nystrom School With Richmond Greenway With Class I Trail

Richmond Receives Safe Routes to School Funding

The City of Richmond learned last week that it was the recipient of a $477,000 award from Caltrans through the Federal Safe Routes to School grant program. The grant award will provide for construction of a new section of paved sidewalk/bike trail to connect the Nystrom school grounds and Martin Luther King Community Center with the Richmond Greenway, the Class I Bicycle trail that traverses the city of Richmond from east to west. This new connector will significantly increase bicycle safety by enabling students to avoid travelling on busy Harbor Way to reach the school from the Greenway. Other features of the project include new raised center medians and bulb-outs added to Harbor Way as a traffic calming measures near the school, and additional lighting along the new pathway.

Receipt of these funds is particularly exciting for the City in that they provide additional resources to the comprehensive community renewal project currently underway in the Nystrom Neighborhood area that includes the rehabilitation and restoration of Nystrom School being executed by the West Contra Costa Unified School District, the development of new affordable housing in Nystrom Village, the restoration of the historic Maritime Childcare Center, and the enhancement of athletic and park facilities connected to Martin Luther King Park. The Glen Price Group was pleased to have the opportunity to assist in the development of the Safe Routes to School proposal.