Green Spaces in Redding


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Our green space is what makes Redding special

Visitredding.com describes Redding as "an outdoor paradise for young and old alike." Nestled in the cradle of a lush valley between gorgeous mountain ranges, our city seems to embrace the natural green spaces rather than displace them.  This is not accidental.  It is the result of careful planning and commitment on the part of the city, county, and residents to maintain green spaces and our city's natural beauty.  Demolishing Magnolia Park is not only a violation of these policies, it is an affront to everything that makes Redding unique and beautiful.  Take a look at the excerpts and links below.  They are but a part of exhaustive plans put in place to protect these green spaces.  

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From the City of Redding General Plan:

Recreation Element:  To meet the needs of a growing and diverse population, recreational programs and park facilities play a critical role in community safety and in determining our quality of life. They can provide resources to combat juvenile delinquency, gangs, and antisocial behavior. They help develop values, life skills, and experiences of people, particularly our youth, that lead to healthy, socially responsible and productive lives. They can promote opportunities for citizens to be volunteers and advocates, enhancing communication and creating a sense of ownership in our community.

Background information for this element identifies several deficiencies in meeting Redding's park and recreation needs, particularly Neighborhood and Community Parks. The challenge to recreation and park providers is to balance the community's desire for a full spectrum of park facilities and recreation programs with the reality of limited resources.

It is recognized that new development can be beneficial to a city. However, it must be balanced with the realization that growth without "quality of life" as a critical component is not beneficial and ultimately counterproductive. This is a concern held by many Redding residents and community groups. In fact, this concern has resulted in several unique private/public partnerships to enhance park and recreation facilities such as the Sacramento River Trail, Turtle Bay Museum, Redding Arboretum, and Kids Kingdom—a portion of Enterprise Community Park. 

To meet the community's desire for not only large public parks, but also smaller neighborhood-oriented facilities and improved open space, expansion of the private/public partnership concept and existing public partnerships is proposed within this element. The private/public partnership approach places more responsibility on the private sector for providing small neighborhood-oriented amenities to serve individual subdivisions and allows the City to direct a larger portion of its resources toward the community's broader park and recreation needs. Expansion of existing public partnerships emphasizes the collocation of parks with schools and utilization of joint use and maintenance agreements to maximize efficiencies.

Implementation of both approaches is considered necessary in order to provide and maintain the full range of park and facility types that is desired.

Goal R5: Ensure that new development contributes to the Park, Recreation, and improved Open-Space Needs of the City

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The Role of Parks in the Community

From the Redding Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan:

What makes a place a “park”?

Most people in considering this question will think that parks are the green areas between buildings, or the landscaped play area beyond the hard asphalt streets. While parks are man-made places, they are different from other components in the urban landscape. Buildings provide enclosure and confinement, but parks, in one form or another, embrace the open airy qualities of the natural world.

A visit to a park engages us in activities that are different than those found elsewhere. In parks, we can enjoy fun and freedom, in contrast to the regimen and deadlines often found at school and the workplace. By their very existence, parks can provide a vital balance to city life.

Parks distinguish themselves as places that can accommodate seemingly opposite human needs. On the one hand, they can provide a haven for the solitary walker, but they can also encourage human fellowship and are often sites for joyful pageantry and competitions.

At parks, the interests of all ages, young or old, can be experienced — the rejuvenating interlude with the sun, sky and wind while seated upon a park bench, or the body-challenging sensations found on trails and athletic fields.

It is also important to recognize the influential civic role of parks. Beyond their contribution to an attractive public landscape, they are socially significant environments. When we gather at outdoor concerts and fireworks displays, cheer our children at their sporting events, and say hello to fellow trail users, we interact and grow as a community. Each type of park — from the small neighborhood playground, to our large regional attractions — provides the opportunity for companionship and connection that adds immeasurably to the greater civic good.

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California After School Activity Guidelines

After school staff have the power to make daily physical activity accessible and engaging for every student and to help all youths in after school programs discover the many benefits and joys of physical activity. The intent of the California After School Physical Activity (CASPA) Guidelines is to create high-quality physical activity programs that expand learning opportunities of the regular school day. 

The CASPA Guidelines can help achieve these goals. Regular physical activity has a positive impact on both academic success and health—and when combined with good nutrition, it can play an important role in reducing the obesity epidemic. Thirty-three percent of California’s youths are overweight or obese. Overweight children are at greater risk of developing chronic health problems—including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and heart disease—and they face serious health consequences as they grow into adulthood. Physical activity helps counteract overweight and obesity.

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