It runs along what was formerly the right-of way of the Santa Fe Railroad parallel to Ohio Avenue, between the end of the Ohlone Greenway adjacent to the intersection of Macdonald and San Pablo Avenues, and Point Richmond. There is a connector from the trail to the Macdonald 80 Shopping Center in the North & East neighborhood.
In the future, it may connect in Point Richmond with a bikeway through Point Molate. Pedestrian bridges may be added in the future to cross major avenues such as San Pablo Avenue and 23rd Street. An additional side project will add a bike lane/bike trail between the Richmond Greenway and the Ohlone Greenway at Potrero Avenue via 23rd Street, Carlson Boulevard, Cutting Boulevard, and Potrero.
Beginning in 1904, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway lines carried freight through the city of Richmond. These transit networks enabled much of Richmond's considerable industrial activity. As a result, the Richmond Greenway was host to numerous "environmental hardships."
During the late 1960s Richmond resident Lillie Mae Jones became a Greenway activist, working to turn the right of way of the former Santa Fe Rail Line. She organized community cleanups, created a garden and an animal farm, and took groups of children to the Greenway to teach them about nature and pollution. Ms. Jones's advocacy "made possible the park we enjoy today." 
In 2006, an organization called Friends of the Richmond Greenway started organizing community events, advocating for the trail's expansion and helping with maintenance. The organization's mission is "to serve as a collaborative of local organizations and community members that work together to transform the Richmond Greenway into a beautiful and healthy space that meets the diverse needs of our community".
- Residents Cleanup Greenway. Vanessa Carr. Richmond Confidential. 18-01-2011. Retrieved 21-01-2011.
- Richmond Greenway opens: Trail long time in creation, Contra Costa Times, by John Geluardi, May 15, 2007, retrieved May 25, 2007
- Greenway Description, Rails to Trails Conservancy, retrieved October 15, 2018
- EPA Small Grant Success Story, by Matt Freiberg, 2010, retrieved Oct 15, 2018
- Richmond Activist Lillie Mae Jones Dies, East Bay Times, by Karina Iofee, September 16, 2016, retrieved October 14, 2018
- Pathway of Environmental Justice: Honoring Lillie Mae Jones and the Richmond Greenway, Ebb and Flow, by Sharon Gibbons, August 15, 2017, retrieved October 14, 2018
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