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Vandalism on the Sacramento River Trail Costing Taxpayers

Published On: Apr 23 2013 09:30:25 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2013 10:15:23 PM CDT
Vandals Cause Thousands of Dollars Worth of Damage
REDDING, Calif. -

The City of Redding may have to shell out more than $100,000 to fix what thieves and vandals have done at two spots on the Sacramento River Trail.

The Dana-to-Downtown Trail section runs from the east side of the Sacramento River bridge to the Interstate 5 overpass near Hilltop Drive.

Recently, thieves shot out the lights, then took the light pole bases and copper wiring in that area, police said.

The new look is not only an eyesore, it's expensive. More than $50,000 has been budgeted to replace the lenses with bulletproof polycarbonate and to re-string the wire.

The dark areas also makes it extra dangerous for those who use the trail at night. The City of Redding has heard from a number of people who believe the trail is too dangerous to be on after dark.

And that's not all.

A restroom facility on the trail near north Market Street was burned, probably by an arsonist, and later vandalized.

The price tag for the city: another $50,000.

Redding Community Services Director Kim Niemer says, "It's very frustrating. The Dana-to-Downtown trail has just been a huge success since the minute it opened."

Work on both locations should be completed by fall. Niemer hopes the "Friends of the Trail" community watch project will help prevent these incidents going forward.