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New Section of Richmond Greenway Opens

The Richmond Greenway in the San Francisco Bay Area is moving forward to connect the neighborhoods it serves with open space, recreational opportunities and transportation options. A new 1.3-mile segment of trail doubles the length of the greenway and parallels BART between 23rd Street and San Pablo Avenue. This new segment connects neighborhoods along it to central Richmond with its BART station and comes tantalizingly close to connecting to the Ohlone Greenway on its east end.

The right-of-way is narrow in this section and only allows for some landscaping, but the route includes a bridge over the BART tracks and a tunnel under Interstate 80. Like most urban projects, there are some challenging gaps that still need to be finished to connect the two segments to each other and to the Bay Trail to the west and the Ohlone Greenway to the east. The city of Richmond is working on grant funding to connect the two completed segments across the railroad tracks and the 23rd Street undercrossing, which pose a major barrier to connectivity.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has promoted the greenway for more than a decade, including featuring the trail in the 2009 Green issue of Rails to Trails magazine. We celebrate each new piece that comes into place. Urban greening groups are working to make the greenway live up to its name with the Watershed Project spreading native plant gardens and Urban Tilth growing food with raised bed gradens and fruit trees. Despite challenges, the future continues to look bright for this urban greenway.

Posted Wed, Apr 7 2010 3:21 PM by Steve Schweigerdt (RTC)

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