Calling all Richmond worker-bees! The Friends of Wendell Park are appealing for volunteers and donations from the community related to an upcoming six figure park revamp.
Wendell Park, located at 26th Street and Esmond Avenue in Richmond, will be receiving a KaBOOM! grant to install “a new play structure, benches, trees and other projects to revitalize [the] park,” according to Jan Mignone, president of the North & East Neighborhood Council.
The build day will also include the installment of side projects at the park such as shade structures and planter benches.
“We are looking for volunteers and donations for food and the side projects” Mignone told For Richmond via a correspondence, later adding that the project organizers are in need of “both in-kind and monetary donations to help…complete this project.”
According to Mignone, KaBOOM! has asked the Friends of Wendell Park to raise matching funding of $8,500, which is 10 percent of the cost of the project’s play structure. She estimates the total grant for the project to be around $100,000.
The park project’s build day will occur Friday, March 17, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with prep days Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 16, 2017, starting at 8:30 a.m. per Mignone.
“We hope to have about 250 people on the build day and 40 people on the first prep day and 30 people on the second prep day” Mignone added.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017, when the project is complete.
Re: food donations, project organizers are looking for in-kind food for breakfast and lunch, including related items such as coffee, water and paper products. With an eye toward the City of Richmond’s green policy, organizers request that all donations be either compostable or recyclable.
To volunteer for the park project prep and build days, sign up here. Volunteers should be age 18 or over. Organizers advise volunteers that the park build day will happen rain or shine and that they should come dressed for the weather in clothes they don’t mind dirtying. Also, closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots are advisable.
To donate to the project, click here.
The Wendell Park revamp is a partnership with Target, City of Richmond, KaBOOM! and the Richmond Friends of Recreation. Donations are tax-deductible, with Richmond Friends of Recreation serving as the project’s fiscal sponsor (EIN # 94-2600126).
For more info, contact Guadalupe Morales at 510-620-6553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.