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City of Redding getting large Caldwell Park grant

Funding from Proposition 68 will come to Redding to pay for a major overhaul of Caldwell Park, located along the Sacramento River.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 8:27 AM
Updated: Feb 26, 2020 6:31 PM

REDDING, Calif. - The Caldwell Park Expansion Project can move forward thanks to a grant from California State Proposition 68 and the Statewide Park Program, which is the largest park-related grant program in California's history.

The Redding park project was one of 62 chosen out of 478 applicants statewide. It is one of only five projects funded north of Sacramento.

The Caldwell Park Project will receive $6,737,000 that will be used to construct a new bike park, expand the existing skate park, building a climbing and bouldering area, a multi-use athletic court and an exercise circuit. Additionally, the project replaces an existing restroom, improves parking and upgrades the Sacramento River Trail with lighting and additional connection points.

The project is part of an effort to create a recreational corridor along the Sacramento River, Caldwell Park and adjoining open space. Construction is expected to begin in 2021 as Caldwell Park turns 60 years old. It should be completed in 2022.

Partners include the Redding Trail Alliance, Redding Parks and Trails Foundation and Skate Movement.

The City of Redding announced today that the grant pays for the entire project. There is no requirement for matching funds from the City of Redding.

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REDDING Calif. - The City of Redding has launched a new ambitious plan to overhaul Caldwell Park.

The multi-million dollar project is not a sure thing, however, the city is hoping for a grant from the State of California to make it happen.

The grant would come under Proposition 68 which is a park, environment, and water bond and is for projects exactly like this.

"We didn't just dream those up those are projects that have been out there just kind of stirring momentum" Kim Niemer, Redding Community Services Director said, "and so this grant program seemed like a great opportunity to actually fund those construction projects."

The park will include a new mountain bike park, skate park, event zone, space for food trucks, and much more.

If the state approves the grant the project could move forward in spring or early summer of 2020.

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