PARADISE, Calif. - A group of volunteers is working to replace the signs at the gateways of Paradise on Skyway and Clark Road that were destroyed in the Camp Fire.
“Well I think looking much the same but the motto that was on there... you were ascending into Paradise and that was true it’s kind of changed a little bit,” said Dave Peterson, a resident of Paradise.
Peterson said, for the new sign, he would like to see similarities of the old sign that was built in 1972.
“Well the sign is nostalgic and there's quite a history around this town there's a lot of things that disappeared like the Gold Nugget Museum and a lot of the history right here that I’ve read about and the sign is just a part of that it’s the nostalgia,” Peterson said.
Co-Founder of the Paradise Sign Rebuild group, Michael Zuccolillo, said the temporary signs stand to remind people that the rebuild isn’t a lost effort.
“If you look at most of the signs they have the web addresses on the bottom of it so people can see it check out the website and know,” Zuccolillo said.
He said the project is in phases – the first phase being design submissions.
“We’re going to pick a handful of them and then we're going to put it out for a community vote and we're going to reach people through social media, news agencies, press releases and what not because we really want this to be what does the community want the last thing we want is oh a small group of people made a decision for everyone - this is our sign this is our town I think that’s why we have all this interest in it,” he said.
The cost is estimated to be $150,000. The group hopes for funding to come from local donations and sponsors.
“I really see this as you know you're going to drive by and see all different trades and all different and all sorts of people both local and people that have a memory of the community here building it,” Zuccolillo said.
Construction is planned to break ground this year – with completion of the signs by next year.
“With everything that’s happened in the community it’s amazing to me how we hold onto the things that you know at first we kind of took for granted we took the flags for granted we took the welcome signs for granted and now I think it’s our sign of resiliency our sign of rebuilding so people get really excited to see some of these emblematic projects moving forward,” Zuccolillo said.
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