RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, and Oakland Raider legend Jim Otto are a few of the community leaders who are scheduled to join Richmond residents for the grand opening of the renovated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Saturday.

The new park will feature fields for football and soccer, a competitive track, and picnic areas, city officials said.

The field, which had been abandoned, according to officials, was rebuilt using funds from the state’s Murray-Hayden grant and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s National Football League Grassroots Program.

“Dreaming is a good thing. Planning is a great thing. But seeing is believing,” said Joe L. Fisher, president of the Coronado Neighborhood Council in a statement.

Saturday’s grand opening begins at 11 a.m. with a parade of youth sports teams. The park is located at 360 Harbour Way South.

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