On Thursday, May 19th, the Town of Paradise celebrated three major recovery projects with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Paradise Ridge Elementary School. This was a significant milestone in the rebuilding of the Town as it marked three projects with visible evidence of completion.
Paradise celebrates three big physical milestones:
Completion of the Safe Routes to School Project on Pentz Road in Paradise.
A program of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, this project was designed to improve walkability, bikeability, and overall safety of the roads leading to Paradise Ridge Elementary School. This project included road repaving, the addition of a center turn lane for increased evacuation capacity, and the addition of sidewalks.
Undergrounding of utilities.
The section Pentz Road running in front of the school is the first in the Town to have all homes, businesses, and organizations have utilities fully undergrounded.
Repair and regeneration of Paradise Ridge Elementary School.
Much of this school, formerly known as Ponderosa Elementary, was damaged in the fire. The buildings have all been repaired and the school now boasts state of the art facilities for students.
The ceremony, hosted by The Town of Paradise, Paradise Unified District, and PG&E, featured an elementary class breaking through the celebratory ribbon. The marked the beginning of many physical recovery milestones to come and will serve as a template for other road repair and construction throughout Paradise.
To watch the video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, click here or the image below.