Best Place to Watch the Sunset: Residents reclaimed the clifftops

City of Richmond Pocket Parks

It's been 33 years since a few residents of Ocean Avenue in Point Richmond reclaimed the fifty-by-seventy-five-foot clifftop space that was officially the end-stump of Harrison Street, but was in reality a bottle-strewn teen hangout. After neighbors cleared and cleaned it, the City of Richmond agreed to designate it as a park, entitling it to curfews, maintenance, and in general a happy future. At the time, the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council moved to have several other stub-ends of streets designated as parks. Although they eventually won approval, nothing much happened for another twenty years or so, while costs escalated. But now, with renewed citizen effort — not to mention a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy and even railroad ties donated by the Richmond Pacific Railroad — four "pocket parks" dot the residential shoreline, providing benches and landscaped nooks with charming waterfront outlooks.
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