November 9, 2019
24th St and Wendell Ave
Richmond, CA 94804
Wendell Park Soccer Pitch Ribbon-Cutting
Saturday, November 9, 2019
City of Richmond Community Services Department, Parks and Landscaping Division, U.S. Soccer Foundation, and Target are inviting the community to the ribbon-cutting of two brand new mini-soccer pitches at Wendell Park. The free community event will take place on Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10 AM to noon, at Wendell Park, located at 24th St and Wendell Ave in Richmond.
Target and the U.S. Soccer Foundation provided significant investments to cover the costs of the soccer pitch installations and additional enhancements, which were completed in late August this year.
“One of the greatest barriers to our sport is the lack of safe places to play,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We’re excited to partner with Target and the City of Richmond to bring this new mini-pitch to Wendell Park so that more kids and their families can have a safe place to play the game and develop critical life skills that will help them on and off the field.”
This new amenity follows a series of park improvements implemented over the past several years by the City of Richmond, its partners, and Richmond residents. In March 2017, the City collaborated with Target, KaBOOM!, Richmond Friends of Recreation, and the community to build a brand new playground at Wendell Park. Over 200 volunteers came together to participate in the park build.
“We’re thrilled to open these pitches in Richmond, as we partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to build 100 soccer play spaces in communities across the country through 2020,” said Target Senior Vice President of Marketing William White. “These spaces bring joy to all families, and Target is proud of the role we play in helping unlock access to this sport for parents and kids alike through our $14 million investment in youth soccer.”
“This collaboration has been a great success,” said Maurice Range, Recreation Program Coordinator for the City of Richmond Community Services Department. “With this new mini-pitch at Wendell Park, participants can be taught basic fundamentals, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.”
The ribbon-cutting event will include soccer demonstrations led by City staff and resident soccer coaches, words from elected officials and partners, and refreshments provided by Target.