Recently Shasta County Board of Education officials quietly voted to demolish Magnolia Park and build a new building and parking lot in its place. Construction is expected to begin in March, 2017.
Several of us who were at an informational meeting about it on Thursday night were extremely disappointed that the public had not been notified, nor public input sought, before the Board made this decision. Magnolia Park is a well-loved park and is frequently used by families, school groups, and youth sports teams.
It is located in the Magnolia Neighborhood, one of Redding's oldest neighborhoods, and has served the community as a public park for 41 years and as a school yard for decades prior to that.
It is the only park within walking distance of hundreds of residences, many of which are on small lots or are apartments with no yard. We feel it was inappropriate for a public, taxpayer-funded organization to make this decision and rapidly move forward with its implementation without having first involved the public, when it will clearly have adverse and long-lasting impacts on the health, well-being and economy of the community.
We wrote this petition to the Shasta County Board of Education with the hope that they will consider these points and change their decision. We invite you to add your name to the petition.
Citizens for Magnolia Park