Downtown Redding Details
Plans for a Shady Downtown, August 2020 Update…
It’s no secret that one of the 11 herbs and spices in the proprietary blend that makes up Redding is beautiful lush greenery. In well-developed urban settings, trees set the scene and provide the backdrop, roof and character missing from the barren open landscapes of parking lots and shopping malls. With the drought years of 2014-2017, many long-lived downtown trees did not survive and required removal. With a love of trees and a 39-year run as a “Tree City USA,” the City of Redding’s Community Services Department sought grant funding to plant and establish 100 new trees in the downtown core. A $256,000 grant from the CAL FIRE Urban Forestry program and matching funds provided by The McConnell Foundation paid for the $160,000 project. The remaining funds allow for hand watering, establishment care, and hundreds of other new trees planted in city parks. As the trees mature in place, Redding will enjoy the benefit of energy-saving shade, increased walkability, carbon sequestration, and the social and economic benefits of a greener, more vibrant downtown.
~Travis Menne, Community Projects Manager, City of Redding
In the Know with Joe
Joe Shipman – Viva Downtown Event Coordinator