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City Council discusses new contract with Turtle Bay Exploration Park for Sundial bridge

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REDDING, Calif. - The Redding City Council is talking with Turtle Bay Exploration Park to update the Sundial bridge.

Action News Now spoke to the director of community services about how this could attract more tourists and businesses.

“The sundial bridge has been the icon for our community since it was constructed; these are the services that we need to keep in place to make sure that the bridge continues to be attractive, clean, and safe for our residents as well as our guest. The new contract will be 184-thousand a year; it includes daily maintenance for the bridge as well as security patrol,” Director of Community Services of Redding, Kim Niemer said.

Meanwhile, some people think the sundial bridge could use a touch-up.

“There has been some vandalism, so sorry to see that and they have chipped away some of the beautiful mosaic’s, around the bottom where you can see it very plainly, and I was so sad, they need to keep it in top-notch shape, for visitors and for around the world,” Sharon Dederer said.

The Sundial Bridge brings many tourists from all across the county to see this attraction.

“My husband and I have come here each time we have driven each time from Washington to California once a year, and this is the last place we have visit together before he passed away, so this is a memorial trip to me. It’s such a beautiful place, and the structure is so magnificent, and there is nothing else like it anywhere,” Judy Bowden said.

Niemer tells Action News Now additional funding will go toward remodeling the restrooms and replacing the old Zamboni to clean the bridge.

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