Support The Big Splash Project During Park and Recreation Month
5 Aug 2021
Tehama County is teeming with opportunities for outdoor recreation year round, but nothing beats summer fun at local parks! Tehama County parks offer a variety of recreational opportunities, but the community hopes to add to the fun and make local parks more accessible for children with physical disabilities through The Big Splash -- Red Bluff Splashground Project.
The Big Splash -- Red Bluff Splashground Project
One exciting development, The Big Splash -- Red Bluff Splashground Project, will open up the door to more recreational fun for local children, including those with physical disabilities. Vici Miranda, Red Bluff Parks and Rec Commissioner, explains how the splashground idea came to be and gives an update on the status of the project.
“The idea of The Big Splash project came about in the summer of 2018. I have a son with physical disabilities, and we struggled with safety at traditional parks. We were (and still are) the helicopter parents on the play structures with Preston, helping him climb as he has right side impairment. He needed help safely navigating the play structures. None of the parks in Tehama County have handicap ramps or activities that most children with disabilities can participate in. At the time Preston was 6, and now he's 9. He's at a very active and mobile stage of life where exploration and outdoor play is a necessity. Preston is also very fond of water. All things water. Swimming, squirt guns, sprinklers, hoses. We took him to his first splash park in Oregon while visiting family and knew that was just what our community needed. With the excessive summer heat and lack of accessible parks, it just seemed to be the perfect fit,” she explains.
Miranda’s dream for her son developed into a mission for all children, with or without disabilities, to enjoy safe and care-free play.
“Our community desperately needs this. It accomplishes so many things for our community in providing a park that's accessible for children (and adults too) of all abilities, revitalizing a park that desperately needs updating, providing our only park in Tehama county that has accessible features, and creating a much needed attraction for our citizens,” she continues.
The Red Bluff Splashground will be developed at the existing Red Bluff River Park. It will include renovations to present park features as well as additions of new equipment and activities.
“We approached Red Bluff City Council in Fall of 2018 with a plan to build the park. It was very well received, and they voted to support the project. Soroptimist Intl. would act as the catalyst in fundraising. This park would be donated to the city with the understanding that they would need to maintain the park for future generations to enjoy. To date we have successfully raised over $200,000 toward the project and are needing to raise another $300,000 at minimum,” she elaborates further.
You can help the nonprofit, Soroptimist Intl., reach their goal for the Red Bluff Splashground by donating here. Any contribution helps Tehama County get closer to a park that is accessible for all children.
“We recently applied for a large grant with the state of California (prop68), and we expanded the project into a full park renovation. If successfully awarded, we will be building pickleball courts, amphitheatre, an additional playground, farmers market pavilion, and fitness stations among other activities. We're hopeful, very hopeful that we can create this for Red Bluff,” says Miranda.
“We have gained so much support from businesses and community members, and we know we will succeed,” she confidently adds.
Efforts like these make Tehama County parks special. Passionate community members are personally involved in the development and upkeep of the beautiful and versatile parks in Tehama County.
Scenic Tehama County Parks
While Tehama County is undoubtedly in need of more accessible play areas for those with physical disabilities, existing parks and outdoor spaces like Lassen Volcanic National Park, The Sacramento River Bend Natural Area, Ide Adobe State Park, and our county parks provide opportunities for recreational fun in the naturally beautiful California scenery.
There are multiple Tehama County parks, each with their own unique qualities:
Located approximately 5 miles south of Red Bluff, Cone Grove Park is home to Antelope Creek. The beautiful park provides abundant shade for relaxing, a playground, two picnic shelters, ADA compliant parking, horseshoe pits, and restroom facilities.
Come play basketball at the regulation basketball court or kick around the soccer ball on the multi-purpose field at Gerber Park! Loaded with picnic areas and BBQ grills, this is a great park for relaxing on a summer afternoon with friends and family. The park is also home to a playground, baseball area with bleacher seating, and restroom facilities.
The 22-acre Ridgeway Park is home to numerous outdoor picnic tables and grills, a playground, a horse area and a recreation hall with a full kitchen and gymnasium. It is a great location to reserve for events.
The Simpson-Finnell Park offers patrons a basketball/tennis court, picnic areas, a ball field, a large playground and restroom facilities.
Tehama County also has three boat ramps with picnic facilities-- Mill Creek Park Boat Ramp, Bend Bridge Park Boat Ramp, and Tehama County River Park and Boat Ramp which includes a playground, multiple picnic shelters, a game corner and horseshoe pits. Camp Tehama, a multi-use facility in Tehama County, offers cabins, dorms, a dining hall and bathroom facilities, and it can be rented out by church groups, school groups and the like.
Tehama County residents and visitors to the area enjoy hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, and more during the warmer months. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing are popular activities during the colder months.
For more information about Tehama County parks and recreational opportunities, click here.
If you are passionate about helping children of all abilities enjoy accessible outdoor areas, you can keep up to date with The Big Splash-- Red Bluff Splashground or make a contribution here.