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.