North Richmond Urban Nature Loop Point of Interest #4
Before we begin our journey through the residential streets, let us take a moment to recognize and pay tribute to the individuals who have tirelessly advocated for the community. Their hard work continues to have a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals and families in the area. We take this moment to acknowledge Fred D. Jackson, Charlie Reid, Dr. Henry Clark, and Princess Robinson. Their dedication serves as an inspiration to all others on the importance of advocating for the betterment of our community.
Mr. Fred D. Jackson was a pivotal figure in the community. He fiercely advocated for more resources in the community and played a crucial role in ensuring that a Federal Task Force that worked to improve education in North Richmond in the late 1990s and early 2000s truly served the interests of local families. He also launched a multicultural choir and advocated for greater understanding and connection between families of all backgrounds in the neighborhood. Mr. Jackson also had a musical talent that brought people together. North Richmond named its main street after him.
Mr. Charlie Reid was an influential community member who made significant contributions through his dedication to sports and discipline. He was a renowned pitcher for the Colored Pierce Giants in the Bay Area Leagues based in Oakland. In the 1940s, he became the recreation director at Shields Park in North Richmond, where he organized recreational and sports activities for both youth and adults. Reid’s commitment to giving back to the community was evident in his annual portrayal of Santa Claus at the Christmas community celebration. In his honor, the Chesley and Kelsey park and community center were named after him, to keep his legacy alive.
Dr. Henry Clark was an outstanding representative of his community, known for his intelligence and passion. He served on various boards and committees, including one that oversaw the spending of mitigation funds. Back in 1993, when General Chemical Corps had a toxic spill, he worked with a county supervisor to negotiate a settlement that allocated money to build a community health facility. The payment facilitated the establishment of the West County Health Center, which is now one of the county’s premier community health facilities in North Richmond.
Ms. Princess Robinson‘s advocacy for the Wildcat Creek Trail is a testament to her passion for preserving this community landmark and promoting outdoor activities. Robinson observed that the trail’s lack of amenities has rendered it unwelcoming to the public, and she has been working to address this issue (see the above image). Several amenities are now being considered, including trash cans, lighting, play structures, and dog-friendly facilities. These proposed additions should enhance the appeal of the Wildcat Creek Trail, making it a more inviting destination for families and friends to gather and enjoy the great outdoors.