Community members turned out last Saturday to celebrate the dedication ceremony of a new baseball field at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
Funded by Pacific Gas & E Company and the Oakland A’s, in partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation, the new ball field has been renovated so that Richmond’s Little League Program will have a nice place to play.
This renovation represents the next step in a multi-phased project to revitalize the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and the surrounding area through the Nystrom United Revitalization Effort.
The football/soccer field was completed in 2010 with grants from the NFL Grassroots Foundation in partnership with the Oakland Raiders, the Richmond Community Foundation, the City of Richmond, and Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
“The completion of the new field is an important step for the Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE),” said Jim Becker, president and CEO of the Richmond Community Foundation. “The local Little League teams will have a ball park that they can proudly call their home field and know that they are truly supported by the community.”
“The partnership with local youth, NURVE partners, community residents, the Oakland A’s, PG&E and the Good Tidings Foundation made the field’s renovation possible,” said Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.
Joe Fisher, president of the Coronado Neighborhood Council, is happy to see the park completed. “We have waited a long time for this moment,” he said. “Having participated in the dedication of the football/soccer field makes this renovation that much more satisfying.”
Added Larry Lewis, executive director of the Richmond Police Activities League, “Our children deserve a field of this caliber.
“This new baseball field will complement the new football/soccer field very nicely and provide a place for residents to participate in wholesome family activities in our neighborhood,” said Vernon Whitmore, president of the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council.