Miraflores Centennial Project 2020

Area of Focus: Preserving History / Building Community

Lead Club Name: Richmond

Lead Rotarian: Brown, Jan Hardison

Year: 2019-20

Project Budget: $51,000

DDF Grant Amount: $15,000.00

Miraflores is a 14-acre residential development on the site of the historic Sakai and Oishi nurseries, founded by Japanese immigrants circa 1906. One of Richmond’s last redevelopment projects, Miraflores is a model of environmentally sustainable practices in planning and design, having worked with the residents to respect the neighborhood’s needs, clean up a toxic brownfield, and honor the region’s history by preserving some of the historic structures for community & youth activities. After 12 years, it is entering its final stages of development having completed affordable senior housing, a greenbelt, public trail, and restored creek. Market rate housing will follow. • In April 2020 the Rotary Club of Richmond (with volunteers & community partners) will mark its Centennial milestone by installing historical educational exhibits and planting restorative vegetation & flowers (from original cuttings) on the site where former Japanese American greenhouses once thrived. A ribbon cutting dedication will follow. Displays along the trail will convey the powerful history of Japanese Americans in Richmond through themes that connect to shared experiences of home, community building, obstacles and perseverance; these displays will become a part of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park’s regional interpretive outreach. Richmond Rotary is sponsoring the expanded theme(s) of “Making a Living” and “Building Community” — a message that weaves in “service above self” in part through the story of the Ninomiya family nursery and David Ninomiya who was a respected leader in the horticulture industry and Richmond Rotary’s 1978-79 President.

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