Play in it like a park..
And it's called a park..
It's a park, right?
Not necessarily... this is magnolia park..
On the corner of magnolia avenue and placer street near downtown redding.
It's got playground equipment..
A basketball court and a large grassy area.
But it's not owned..
Or maintained by the city of redding.
And the property of..
The shasta county office of education.
There are plans to start construction of a "medical therapy unit" for disabled students here this spring.
Neighbors like pete figura say wait a minute..
The public didn't get much notice..
Or any say..
In the project.
"i've owned a home in this neighborhood for 15 years, and i've lived in this neighborhood for over 10 years, and still use it quite a bit.
My family's been here quite a lot.
My kids are very comfortable here.
They really enjoy it.
My son's climbed that tree, that tree, that tree.
They've had soccer practices here and use the playground a lot."
Superintendent tom armelino was travelling on business today..
I talked with him on the phone.
He told he understands the concern..
But it's never been a city park..
And has always been maintained by the county office of education.
He says this is a much- needed building..
And there are plans to leave room for a youth practice field..
If the city will maintain it.
City of redding community services director kim niemer says the city's stance follows a community services advisory commission's letter to the shasta county office of education board..
Asking that an alternative site for the building be considered..
Or that it be built with the least impact to magnolia park..
Which isn't officially a park.
If you're interested in signing an online petition to try and save it..
We've got a link on krcr-tv dot com.
And i got a phone call late this afternoon from the superintendent who bought the property in 1975..
Who says he "made a commitment" to maintain that area as a park.
We'll hear from