Support Friends of Chimborazo Playground!

Published on October 11th, 2021 by Janna Hall

Richmond is filled with pockets of history and beauty that only continue to develop and grow rich with culture and influence. Church Hill, known as the oldest neighborhood in Richmond, is no exception. It is a melting pot of the East End, encompassing other communities such as Fairmount and Chimborazo. Within the community is the historic Chimborazo Park, a 30-acre park that offers a 180-degree view of the city. Within the park is Chimborazo Playground, located between North 29th and East Grace Street. This playground, which includes a community garden, is more than a place for children to play; it’s a place to grow, learn and deepen the roots of the community.

Friends of Chimborazo Playground is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the safety and beauty of the playground and recreational area. Recently they have been hard at work assembling a Little Free Library, creating a pollinator garden, and crafting fun trash reminder signs for the different playground areas. Richmond-based muralist Hamilton Glass along with Giles Garrison, parks and recreation liaison, and local-youth, invited color and fun into the playground. Murals featuring bright colors and bold patterns now cover the basketball courts and storage shed; these additions are sure to summon courageous and vibrant energy from any visitor!

A playground allows people to be free and adventurous, to build social skills, and learn about themselves and the world around them. Our mission is to help create a space that will foster these discoveries. While the partnership between Friends of Chimborazo Playground, Enrichmond, and community members has yielded an incredible outcome, there is still work to be done.

Earlier this year, an outdated piece of equipment was removed from the children’s play area due to safety concerns. After hearing from parents and the community, Friends of Chimborazo Playground decided this is an excellent opportunity to improve safety and optimize space within this treasured space. With a goal of replacing the equipment by late spring or summer, we are calling on community members to help bring this goal to fruition! We have launched a stretch fundraising campaign; donations made on the website are tax-deductible and will be put directly towards this effort.

“Whether you live down the street, you come to play basketball, or you use the community gardens, this is where all corners of Church Hill come together. We want to continue to make this the very best space that we believe the neighborhood deserves!”

– Karen Shipman, Friends of Chimborazo Playground

Chimborazo Playground provides children and their families with an opportunity to be a part of something bigger, to establish and gain a sense of community. We hope you will join us in our mission to make this a safe and beautiful place to grow! Efforts to support this cause can be made through the donation link on our website and by sharing our campaign flyer with others!