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Progress continues for major recreation center in Magalia

Community members in Magalia are hoping a proposed 40-acre park will replace the vacant Paradise Pines Golf Course.

Posted: Feb 13, 2020 5:14 PM

MAGALIA, Calif. – Community members in Magalia are hoping a proposed 40-acre park will replace the vacant Paradise Pines Golf Course.

The community on the ridge is a step closer to building a major recreation center in Magalia.

The committee was awarded a $50,000 grant from the North Valley Community Foundation to help kick off the project in Magalia.

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"Very slowly things are starting to come back but we are a long long way from being where we were before the fire," Magalia resident, Kathi Hiatt said. 

President of the Magalia Park Committee, Richard Gingery said this project is a big step towards recovery and is a community-driven effort.

"We're really limited in space post-fire to have something like this," Gingery said.

The vision is to work with other non-profits to bring resources within walking distance for neighbors, Gingery said. 

"Without that, we're going to have most of our community go to Chico, Paradise, Oroville, and some of our community members cant make that trip," Gingery said.

Attached to the resource building is a 40-acre stretch of land proposed as a park.

"Family time is extremely valuable and this park offers that," Hiatt said.

Currently, the area is an abandoned golf cart path. Organizers told Action News Now they want to clean it up and make it a bike trail and walking trail for their community.

"In the park, where we're looking right now is a soccer field, we're gonna have disc golf, a parcourse, fitness station, picnic tables, benches, everything you'd see in a neighborhood park within a neighborhood would be here," Executive Director for the committee, Chris Rauen said.

The area would be public so several people will have access.

Organizers are hopeful this project will bring more people back to the ridge.

Gingery said he’s confident the resource building will be up and running soon. But the property for the park is still in negotiation.

$50,000 is a good start, but the full project could cost about $1.2 million.

View the full document of the proposed park plans below.

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