RICHMOND -- Richmond's Pogo Park, a grass roots nonprofit that is transforming underused and unkempt Iron Triangle parks into colorful playgrounds, is one of 10 finalists for a grant called the Bay Area Impact Challenge funded by Google.

The web search company will give $500,000 each to the four nonprofits who gather the most online votes by Monday¿.

The nonprofit has mobilized to garner support with a "mobile voting booth" equipped with laptops that will visit local schools, libraries, homeless shelters, shopping plazas and other locations throughout Richmond to bring voting opportunities to residents who may not have computers or smartphones.

A model for the Pogo Park renovation is displayed at Scientific Art Studio in Richmond, Calif. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)
A model for the Pogo Park renovation is displayed at Scientific Art Studio in Richmond, Calif. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff) (KRISTOPHER SKINNER)

Pogo Park, founded by Toody Maher in 2007, recently renovated the Elm Playlot at Elm Street and Eighth Street using a team of local residents who redesigned and rebuilt the park into a vibrant space in an economically depressed community.

Google selected Pogo Park as a top 10 finalist. The finalists are entered into an online voting competition. The six-runners up will receive $250,000 each.

You can cast your vote in the contest at https://impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/bayarea2014

Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726. Follow him at Twitter.com/sfbaynewsrogers.



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A model for the Pogo Park renovation is displayed at Scientific Art Studio in Richmond, Calif. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)
A model for the Pogo Park renovation is displayed at Scientific Art Studio in Richmond, Calif. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff) (KRISTOPHER SKINNER)