Richmond Wellness Trail

Project Sponsor 

National Park Service/City of Richmond

Project Contact

Kieron Slaughter,

The Richmond Wellness Trail (RWT) is a collaborative project to develop an interactive health themed trail that showcases three dimensional murals and art installations with positive messaging designed to inspire visitors to make health and wellness-oriented lifestyle changes. The trail will also include bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements, several fitness stations and potentially a GPS based, interactive smartphone app giving visitors access to suggestions from physicians and fitness experts that target their interests providing a personalized curated experience, outdoors.

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Community Meetings


Previous Meetings

Ride the Richmond Wellness Trail to the Rosie Rally & Homefront Festival - August 13, 2016 , 9:00 AM
Join rally and festival goers dressed as Rosie the Riveter for a bike ride and preview of the Richmond Wellness Trail
Meet at the Richmond BART/AMTRAK Plaza 
1551 Nevin Ave
Richmond, CA 94801

Community Design Workshop - August 8, 9, 10 & 11th, 2016
Drop-in, grab a snack and help us design the Richmond Wellness Trail during an ongoing, interactive design workshop.
Monday, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Opening Workshop
Tuesday, 11:00 AM - Noon, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Open Studio Drop-In
Wednesday, 11:00 AM - Noon, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Open Studio Drop-In
Thursday, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Closing Presentation to the Public
Rich City Rides Bike Shop
1500 Macdonald Ave
Richmond, CA 94801
Event Flyer
Event Closing Power Point Presentation

Visitors Center Community Meeting - June 7, 2016
Join National Park Service Urban Fellow Kieron Slaughter for a presentation about the new Richmond Wellness Trail which will connect downtown Richmond with the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center on the SF Bay. Your input is needed to create a safe, inviting bicycle and pedestrian trail.
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rosie the Riveter/WWII NHP Visitors Center Theater
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000 
Richmond, CA 94804
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Open Space Conference Field Trip - May 18, 2016
40 participants from of the Open Space Conference will visit the Richmond Greenway and tour a portion of the Richmond Wellness Trail as part of a 3 stop tour of unique Richmond Open Spaces.
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Harbour 8 Park, Richmond Greenway
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Rosie the Riveter Trust Presentation - April 27, 2016
Presentation of the Richmond Wellness Trail to the Rosie the Riveter Trust Board.
Time: 7:00 PM
1780 San Pablo Ave, Suite D
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Community Meeting & Walk Audit #1 - April 24, 2016
In conjunction with National Park Prescription Day (Park Rx), we'll kick off the Richmond Wellness Trail planning process with an introduction to the project, a listening session, a short walk audit and a performance by members of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts on the Richmond Greenway.
Time:  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Start: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
339 11th St. Richmond, CA 94801
End: Harbour 8 Park, Richmond Greenway
Event Flyer
Event Power Point Presentation

Community Bike Ride #3 - March 13, 2016
Join members of the community as we take a casual ride along the draft trail route to observe and document the existing conditions.
Time: 8:30 AM
Start: Rich City Rides Bike Skate Shop
1500 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA 94801
For more information, visit the Rich City Rides events webpage

Community Bike Ride #2 - February 21, 2016
Join members of the community as we take a casual ride along the draft trail route to observe and document the existing conditions.
Time: 8:30 AM
Start: Rich City Rides Bike Skate Shop
1500 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA 94801
For more information, visit the Rich City Rides events webpage

Proposed Trail Route

RWT Map - 08102016
I Walk Because

Project Location 

The “Richmond Wellness Trail” is envisioned to begin at the Richmond Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and extend down 9th Street and onto the Richmond Greenway heading east.  9th Street was recently designated by the Richmond City Council as a “Trunk Line” in the Pogo Park “Yellow Brick Road Project”.  From the Richmond Greenway, the trail heads south on Marina Way South toward the Richmond Marina and north on 16th Street and West on Nevin Avenue forming a 1.5 Mile Downtown Walking loop. 

The Richmond Wellness Trail will connect nearby amenities such as the Kaiser Medical Facility, Richmond BART/AMTRAK Station, Center for Performing Arts and Downtown Richmond to the Richmond Greenway, several schools, the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, the Richmond Marina, the San Francisco Bay Trail and the future Richmond Ferry service.
Richmond Wellness Trail Concept-Board-Map
RWT concept boards-letter-page-002-08102016

Project Goals & Objectives  

  • Implement goals of the Richmond General Plan Health and Wellness Element
  • Implement goals of the National Park Service's Urban Agenda
  • Implement goals of the Healthy Parks Healthy People Initiative
  • Provide a location for patients to fulfill their Park Prescriptions
  • Support Kaiser Permanente’s effort to prevent and treat obesity
  • Provide a recreational space that inspires healthy lifestyle changes and prevents heart disease and obesity
  • Provide a connection from Downtown Richmond to the Richmond Greenway, Rosie the Riveter/WW II Visitor’s Center, the San Francisco Bay Trail and the future San Francisco Ferry Service
  • Provide an opportunity for local artist and residents to design and fabricate art installations and way finding signage in their community


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Project Specific Resources

Existing Model 

The “Richmond Wellness Trail” is modeled after a completed project in Little Rock Arkansas.  The “Medical Mile” in Little Rock employed local artists to create murals, statues, and displays focused on the project’s theme: “Exercise + Smoking Cessation + Better Nutrition = 70% reduction in chronic disease”.  It’s located along the Arkansas River Trail’s most prominent section through downtown Little Rock. Key features include:  a 1,300 foot three dimensional mural wall, wellness promenade, and “Body-Mind-Spirit” entry plaza.  By providing a safe, accessible, and inspiring public space for citizens to exercise, the Medical Mile increases awareness and prevention of obesity and heart disease. 

Need & Justification

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents more than one-third of adults in the United States – more than 72 million people – are considered medically obese and therefore more likely to develop chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.  The CDC estimates that more than 40 percent of the U.S. population is sedentary.  The number of obese children has tripled in the last 20 years.  The prevalence of processed snack foods combined with the growing popularity of sedentary, screen-related activities (watching TV, playing video games, surfing the Web) is a perfect storm when it comes to the fitness levels of our youth.  Parks, open space and public lands are underutilized, low-cost healthcare resource than can help solve the problem of obesity and sedentary lifestyles.  

Being outside in a park offers benefits such as reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression; it can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension, helps maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, and provides an opportunity for socialization.  The “Richmond Wellness Trail” would be an accessible, free health resource for a community with some of the highest needs and is scalable to other communities around the United States and the world.