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Visit and tour of the Richmond Greenway project, a revitalization project funded by State Prop 84 grant, a Google grant, and a Land Trust grant, with stops along the way at Elm Playlot and Scientific Art Studio. Join Rick Lowe, the Arts Research Center, Pogo Park, Richmond’s Arts & Culture Manager, and members of city’s Arts and Culture Commission, as we learn about the former railway line being transformed into a walking/biking trail with community gardens, extensive murals, recreation areas, and an outdoor education kiosk.
1pm-2pm Elm Playlot and Scientific Art Studio
The tour will start at Elm Playlot, a .5 acre “pocket park” in the middle of the Iron Triangle. Pogo Park secured a $2 million State Park grant to rebuild this park with the community planning, designing, building, and now managing the public space. A driving force behind the rebirth of this park is public art, as almost everything there–the fence, play equipment, seating, etc.–was all built and handcrafted by the community. And it’s all art!
Eight short blocks away, the group will walk to Scientific Art Studio, a famous fabrication shop also located in the Iron Triangle. The owners, Ron Holthuysen and Maren Van Duyn, are deeply involved in this historic neighborhood and use their Scientific Art Studio as a place to train the local community on how to design and build. Their work helped to complete Elm Playlot, with community residents, by hand.
2:30pm-5pm Bike ride tour and Brainstorming session
The group will continue on to 2nd Street and the Greenway where we will bike ride to the western side of the Greenway, stopping along the way to discuss certain key places along the project’s route. Returning to Pogo Park’s “adopt a spot” on Harbour Way and the Greenway, we will break out into groups and engage in a discussion/brainstorming session about art possibilities for the Greenway and what the group saw and experienced. Refreshments will be provided.