Parks, Trails, and Open Space

What Makes a Place a Park?

There are currently 41 City-owned and maintained parks and nine school-park sites. These sites encompass primarily developed land and total 225 acres.

Our parks system includes over 22 playgrounds and a water play area, plus facilities for picnicking, walking, boating, fishing, basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, disc golf, horseshoes, skateboarding, roller hockey, aquatics, and off-leash dog play. The opportunities for activities are endless!

In keeping with the City's vision of "assuring parks, trails, and open space, and building neighborhoods rather than homes," we continue to acquire land for future parks and are currently building new park facilities in several areas throughout Redding.


Redding's Trail System

The national reputation of our trail system gives us cause to celebrate the hard work and partnerships forged during its making. As a result of efforts by the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the McConnell Foundation, the Redding Foundation, the National Park Service, Shasta County, private citizens, and the City of Redding over the last 25 years, the trail inventory now includes 80 miles of paved and natural surface trails. These include paved paths, walking loops within existing parks, and challenging dirt trails for mountain bike enthusiasts and equestrians. At the center of this network is the Sacramento River Trail, accessed by residents and visitors from a growing number of connector trails and entry points found in residential areas, parks, and open space corridors.

Below is a timeline of the landmarks in the development of this regional trail system:

1983: The first segment of the Sacramento River Trail opens.
1990: Our first internationally designed trail bridge, the Stress Ribbon Bridge, opens, completing a 5.5 mile trail loop on both sides of the river.
1999: A trails renaissance begins, with the planning of a regional trail system (Shasta Trinity Trail) connecting Redding's trails to the Trinity Wilderness Area and Whiskeytown and Shasta National Recreation Areas. Over the next 8 years, the partners build 40+ miles of this plan.
2000: American Trails selects Redding to host the 2000 National Trails Symposium. American Trails subsequently relocates their national headquarters to Redding.
2002: The Secretary of the Interior designates the Sacramento River Trail and the Sacramento River Rail Trail as National Recreation Trails.
2004: The Sundial Bridge opens to international acclaim.
2005: Redding Trails are connected to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
2008: Redding Trails are connected to Shasta Dam and the Shasta Trinity National Recreation Area.


Our trail system is part of the community infrastructure. It is necessary to allow residents and visitors to enjoy the obvious recreational aspects of the trail network and to provide us the opportunity to get out of our cars and use non-motorized methods to commute to school or work, reach major retail and recreation destinations, or ride to the nearby Whiskeytown or Shasta Trinity National Recreation Areas. Nationally, the development of trails is seen as one avenue to reduce the nation's obesity epidemic, its dependency on oil, and its contribution to global warming. Locally, trails are seen as an important part of our community identity.