Lucretia Edwards Park | Richmond, CA
Client: City of Richmond, CA
Lucretia W. Edwards Shoreline Park is a two-acre park located in the former Kaiser Shipyards on the San Francisco Bay in the Marina Bay Neighborhood of Richmond, California. Bounded by the Richmond Marina, the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park Rosie and office/commercial development, the park is part of a larger system of trails and parks that ring the Richmond Marina and connect to the 240-mile San Francisco Bay Trail . Edwards Shoreline Park was developed with the participation of a public artist through the City of Richmond’s Percent and a Half for the Arts Program, and seeks to articulate the area’s wartime past and to help enrich the historic experience by highlighting elements of the Bay Area’s contribution to the war effort. To highlight the area’s shipbuilding efforts, low seat walls are located in the park on axis with other Bay Area ship yards. The axis’ starting point is at the park’s highest elevation,
in the center of the cul-de-sac that terminates Marina Way at the park.Sandblasted into the tops of the walls is text with the names of the five Bay Area shipyards; Bethlehem San Francisco, Hunters Point in San Francisco, Moore Dry Dock in Oakland, Marinship in Sausalito, and Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo. At the terminus of each wall, a plaque and cast boot prints ask the visitor to ‘stand in the shoes’ of a worker and look across the Bay to the sites of the other Bay Area shipyards. A granite map within the circular central plaza locates the shipyards and granite shadow figures of a man, woman and child ring the map representing the past, present and future and have definitions of the words ‘liberty’ and ‘victory’ sand blasted into the granite. The ‘Riveter’ Rose was planted in between the walls. The rose, like the women of the time, withstand the harsh coastal conditions.