The competitive grant program received 468 applications totaling $2.42 billion in requests. 112 proposals were awarded funding from the $548.3 million available in the grant cycle, which represents the single-largest investment in state history in expanding access to parks in underserved communities. The selected projects in the City of Richmond are Shields-Reid Park Revitalization and Dirt World Bike Park Renovation.
Shields-Reid Park Renovation: $8,000,000
The Shields-Reid Park Renovation includes the construction of a new children’s play area, bike pump track, stage and performance area, fitness zone, public art, habitat garden, tree shade area throughout the park, and lighting and fencing throughout the park.
Shields-Reid Park, located in the heart of North Richmond in the Shields-Reid neighborhood, was selected based on community priorities to improve safety, activate the park, and preserve cultural history. Through a series of seven in-person and online meetings held in 2020, over 200 North Richmond residents and stakeholders envisioned their dream park. Check out the video that shows snippets of our journey with the community to redesign the park!
A unique addition to the park will be a stage and performance area. As a central gathering spot, Shields-Reid Park has hosted a number of festivals and events for the community. The renovated park will provide a venue to accommodate these significant community events.