REDDING, Calif. - After more than a year of delays, downtown Redding's food truck court opened its doors to the public Thursday evening.
Employees spent the afternoon putting the finishing touches on the food truck court including high chairs for kids, outdoor fire pits and extra trash cans.
Developer Todd Franklin says it's been an educational experience and he can't wait to serve the Redding community.
“You know we're really just expecting people to come down and maybe out of curiosity tonight to see what is this really about,” Franklin said. “We've been talking about it for a year and a half and today's finally here. We're just tying up all the loose ends and getting ready for the grand opening tonight.”
The Park, as it’s called, will host a total of five food trucks and a beer booth that Franklin says he plans to rotate every so often to keep things fresh and keep the public coming back.
Hundreds of people quickly filled The Park after it opened its doors Thursday.
People we talked to said they were excited because it’s like nothing Redding has seen before.
In addition to food, The Park sports games like giant checkers, corn-hole and even bowling, which staff said was a huge hit with kids.
It's something that chamber of commerce president Jake Mangas says fits in perfectly with the plan to revitalize and get people back to downtown Redding.
“It's the live, work and play thing that we've been talking about for quite some time,” Mangas said. “A lot of major projects are occurring. They steal a lot of the headlines. This one, not as substantial in terms of dollars invested, but will have a significant positive impact on this part of our city.”
The Park is located in Downtown Redding’s Carnegie Park (formerly Library Park) and is open daily from 5-9 p.m.