Cultivating Recreational Opportunities for Everyone
23 Jul 2019
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July is National Park and Recreation Month. It’s a fine opportunity to highlight the many opportunities for people of all ages to get out and play in Tehama County.
Parks and recreation centers bring a great deal of value to our communities. They augment the health, vitality and social fabric of our communities. In a recent survey by the National Recreation and Park Association, 9 out of 10 people said their community benefits from access to free or low cost fitness and educational opportunities at their local recreation or community center.
People visit their local parks and recreation centers for a variety of reasons, including exercise, relaxation and entertainment. Parks provide opportunities to get outside, stay active and socialize with other community members, building a sense of community.
Tehama County places a priority on parks and green space. Area towns also have a range of organized recreational activities for youth and adults alike. From municipal pools to kid-friendly camps and leagues for sports like softball, basketball and volleyball.
Find more information at area park and recreation links:
City of Corning Recreation Department: https://corningrecreation.recdesk.com/Community/Home
Red Bluff Parks and Recreation: http://www.redbluffrecreation.org/
Redding Parks and Recreation: https://www.cityofredding.org/departments/parks-and-recreation
Coming Soon to Red Bluff … The Big Splash
As the mother of a child with disabilities, Vici Miranda noticed that Tehama County had a need for safe and adaptive playgrounds. After touring several splash parks in Oregon last year, she decided to make it her mission to build one in Red Bluff.
Miranda convinced her fellow Soroptimist International of Red Bluff members to take on the project. They developed plans for the park as well as an estimate, which they brought to the city council. The council was supportive and agreed the splash park would be a great asset for the community.
The Big Splash is planned for Red Bluff River Park and will feature 25 water features, including overhead water, bucket drops and trickles of varying water pressures. One end will be designed with basic spray elements for toddlers and the opposite end will have more aggressive spray features for bigger kids.
The splash park will be accessible to kids of all ages and abilities. It’s flat and level so that kids in wheelchairs can access the park. And there is no standing water, so no lifeguard is required.
Soroptimist International is leading fundraising efforts for the Big Splash. The goal is to raise $500,000, which would fund the construction of the park as well as 8-10 years of future maintenance.
The community has embraced the project. As of July 1, $170,000 had been successfully raised for the project, including donations from individuals as well as grants and sponsorships from area foundations and businesses.
“It’s really cool that the community just grasped onto the idea,” says Miranda. “If everything goes as planned and this momentum continues, it will be built in 2020.”
Miranda thinks the splash park will encourage people to get outside and be active and also boost commerce in the area. She expects it will be a popular place for birthday parties.
“We’re trying to revitalize the park and create a good asset for our community—something we don’t already have,” Miranda says, noting that the nearest attraction like this is Kid’s Kingdom in Redding, which is 30 miles away.
Soroptimist International of Red Bluff is still fundraising for the splash park. Learn more: http://redbluffsplash.com/ and follow the Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/RedBluffSplash/.
Learn more about Park and Recreation Month by visiting: www.nrpa.org/July. #GameOnJuly