North Richmond is a close-knit, unincorporated town of 2,300, that takes pride in its dynamic community. Historically a home to workers in the petroleum, railway and shipping industries, this community is now working toward new economic development opportunity, to ensure new local jobs and enhance the quality of life for residents. The community is located along the Richmond Parkway, which connects I-80 and I-580, providing access to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Marin County and Sacramento. North Richmond has an extensive industrial history, however one of its most important industries today is Action Recycling, which purchases and recycles bulk scrap metal, plastics, bottles, cans, and cardboard. The community is home to many farms and greenhouses; thousands of flowers both within and surrounding these greenhouses can be seen from the Richmond Parkway.
North Richmond is literally surrounded by the finest arts and culture in nearby Oakland and San Francisco. Closer to home, check out Point Richmond, known for its small town charm and quaint shops. The Masquers Playhouse is a performing arts center that offers live theater. Hotel Mac is a wonderful historic building, which often offers live music in its lively bar and fine restaurant. Check out the Railroad Museum or the Farmers Market, held every Friday from 8 – 5pm, at 24th Street and Barrett Street. The largest shopping center in Richmond is Hilltop, with its Multi-plex movie theaters. There is also the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, and the Richmond Art Center, which is one of the oldest continually operating art centers on the west coast, providing arts education to the Richmond Schools.
West Contra Costa Unified School District is committed to providing the highest quality education to enable all students to make positive life choices, strengthen the community and successfully participate in a diverse and global society. Richmond has five high schools and two charter high schools, three middle schools, 16 elementary schools and seven elementary-middle schools. All Richmond schools have banned junk food.
Parks and Recreation
Wildcat Canyon Regional Park in nearby Richmond is the city’s largest park, featuring San Pablo Creek, trails, horseback riding, a playground for kids, and mountain biking. Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline is the largest off-leash dog park in the US. A new national park is now under construction, Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park, commemorating the six million women who built ships and supported the war effort in the 1940s. Richmond is home to four marinas, as well as the beautifully renovated historic Richmond Plunge municipal swimming pool, which dates back to 1926.