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Riverbend Park in Oroville Shutting Down for Reconstruction

Beginning Wednesday, the park will shut down for an overhaul of turf, plumbing and electric to be ready for Fall soccer, after flooding from last year's dam spillway rupture.

Posted: Apr 10, 2018 8:33 AM
Updated: Apr 10, 2018 9:55 AM

Oroville Calif.-- More than a year after flooding caused millions of dollars of damage to Oroville's prized Riverbend Park, some major reconstruction is about to begin.

And if the park is your go-to place to exercise or take your dog or kids, Tuesday is your last day for several months to do so.

Last year's spillway rupture caused horrific damage to the multi-million dollar park when the Feather River flooded, sweeping away park benches, washing away pathways, playground equipment - even the dock - and lifting tons of bedrock onto the new soccer fields.

"Phase one will entail construction on the north end of the par, removing turf on the soccer fields, restoration to bathroom , playgrounds and sidewalk that were damaged and it will all be done simultaneously," explained Randy Young, General Manager of the Feather River Recreation and Park District.

After more than a year since this area was truly destroyed by flooding, the nearly $10,000,000 project is covered by insurance and a FEMA grant for the $250,000 deductible.

The plan is to have the soccer fields re-turfed and the bathrooms completed by August 1st - just in time for the Fall soccer season to start up, and phase one completely done by October.

Beginning Wednesday morning, all of the park, including the walking trails and area south of the fields will be closed off to the public - that includes a push to keep transients out of the area as well, and trespassers could be arrested and prosecuted.

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