Arts and culture are fundamental to the quality of life enjoyed by residents of Richmond, whose broad cultural diversity make this community so historically rich. Interstate 80 hugs the eastern edge of the city and I-580 runs along the south. BART has one station in Richmond, and AC Transit provides 14 bus lines in the city, in addition to Transbay commuter service across the Bay Bridge to the San Francisco Transbay Terminal. There is also ferry service to the SF Ferry building and the Giants ballpark.
Point Richmond is 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. The Farmers Market is held every Friday from 8–5pm, at 24th Street and Barrett Street. The largest shopping center 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. Enjoy the nearby cultural offerings of Oakland and San Francisco, or explore the wine country in nearby Napa Valley.
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
Richmond has 32 miles of bayside shoreline to enjoy all kinds of water sports or explore its two unique islands. Wildcat Canyon Regional Park is the city’s largest, 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 under construction, Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park, commemorating the 6 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.