Clean California - Richmond Communities Clean Collaborative
The City of Richmond received two grants totaling $10 million from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Clean California Local Grant Program. The program provides funds to local and regional public agencies, transit agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits to clean and beautify public spaces.
The competitive program received 329 applications totaling $758.5 million in requests. 105 proposals were awarded funding from the $296 million available.
Richmond Communities Clean Collaborative consists of two infrastructure projects: the Boorman Park Revitalization Project and the 7th Street Connection Project. The Boorman Park project will reconstruct an existing park and change the site layout for safety and ease of maintenance. The 7th Street project consists of a sidewalk and bicycle facility gap closure and the transformation of an unpaved alley on 7th Street into a plaza area with permeable pavers and trees.
The Clean Collaborative also includes multiple projects concentrated in a cluster of neighborhoods in the heart of the City of Richmond: the Iron Triangle, Atchison Village, Richmore Village/Metro Square, Belding Woods, Cortez/Stege, Coronado, and Santa Fe. Youth, individuals impacted by the social justice system, unhoused neighbors, and other residents will be engaged through partnerships and programs, including:
The I Heart Richmond Campaign, which will provide education, programs, and resources to support the initiative to prevent and clean-up illegal dumping through neighborhood dumpster days, volunteer clean-up events, and illegal dumping deterrents;
A partnership with the local non-profit Richmond Main Street Initiative to lead the Downtown Richmond Community Greenspace Enhancement Project and Neighborhood Ambassador Program, which will transform the community greenspace at Harbour Way and Macdonald Ave as well as abate litter on the Macdonald Ave corridor;
A partnership with the local non-profit KIDS for the BAY to lead the Richmond Park and Watershed Rangers Program, which will engage students of Coronado, Peres, and Lincoln Elementary Schools in a variety of educational activities centered on watershed science and trash reduction; and
A partnership with the local non-profit Rebuilding Together East Bay-North to lead the Safe Organized Spaces! Richmond Program, which will engage and uplift unhoused neighbors near the infrastructure projects through training and employment for trash clean-up as well as housing navigation and personal wellness services.