The Richmond Parks and Recreation Board will receive an update on the development of a new community park at its Wednesday meeting.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at Richmond’s City Hall Annex, 600 Morton St.

The currently unnamed park is located on both sides of Lettie Street between Mable Street and Collins Road.

The property is bordered by Helping Hands on the northeast and the Juan Seguin Early Childhood Center on the southwest.

The park is already home to a baseball/softball field, basketball pavilion and running track.

Possible future amenities could include a permanent exhibit celebrating black history and Hispanic heritage, a tree lined plaza with a water feature, new playground equipment, a multi-use pavilion and a new football/soccer field.

“Our words are probably a little more optimistic than what can realistically get done,” Robert Haas, chair of the parks board, said at the group’s June meeting. “But we supply the wants and city staff supplies the funds.”

The park has just entered the first stages of the redevelopment process, with a preliminary conceptual plan scheduled to debut later this year.

City staff members plan to request funding for initial legal and design work in the 2020 budget, according to a timeline distributed by the parks board.

A June letter from the parks board to Howard Christian, Richmond’s public works director, instructs city staffers to pursue state grants to offset the cost of the park.

“We’ll chase [funding] as far was we can,” Christian said in June.

Along with a status report on the new park, the board will receive updates on ongoing improvements to George Park. The renovations include new restroom updates and a new entrance design.

Board members will also hear about a project to install and repair sidewalks along Collins Road.

In addition to the construction and redevelopment of city parks, the board will receive monthly reports from Keep Richmond Beautiful and learn about potential grant opportunities.

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