Dialing up a sunny urban park in Redding, California

Source: riverstoneredding.com

At the end of the post are some photos from our visit Monday evening to the inspiring Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in beautiful Redding, California. What a terrific urban park setting along both sides of the magnificent and very swiftly flowing Sacramento River.

Given the number of people we observed walking, jogging, biking, skate-boarding, or relaxing, the bridge and park are a proven success. We were not the only out-of-state visitors there, as those in the area to see Mt. Shasta or Lassen Volcanic National Park can spend a few relaxing hours in Redding.

The bridge carries the Sacramento River Trail over its namesake on a clear/plexiglass deck that illuminates from underneath at night (see photo below).

Source: bikeredding.com/sacramento-river-trail-map/

Other sights in the park include the Visitor’s Center, an arboretum, an aquarium, and the Redding Convention Center. The entire Turtle Bay complex was very impressive to this urban planner from the Midwest. Many kudos to Redding and its citizens for creating a truly inspiring urban park.

Sundial Bridge at sundown in Redding, CA

A view from underneath the Sundial Bridge

217′ tall Sundial Bridge tower at sunset

View from the bridge deck

Sundown on the lovely Sacramento River – looking north from the bridge

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6 Responses to Dialing up a sunny urban park in Redding, California

  1. Jenny says:

    So glad you enjoyed your trip and thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story! – Jen from the Visitors Bureau 🙂


  2. beton says:

    But a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding style and design. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.” by Albert Einstein.


  3. Great site…I bookmarked it and will return often….


  4. Andrew Pelt says:

    So very true….Thanks for blogging this….


  5. Thanks to the feature!


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