As 2021 comes to a close, we’re excited to add a third year of progress to the rebuilding of Paradise. Let’s take a moment to celebrate some of this year’s recovery and restoration milestones!
More Families Building in Paradise
As of December 29th, 1,173 single-family residences and 242 multi-family units have been rebuilt and received a certificate of occupancy. Paradise is now home to over 7,000 residents. Welcome home!
Over 350 businesses and professional services have opened or reopened their doors in Paradise. There is room for many more!
Hazard Tree Removal Program Completed
Over 88,000 hazardous trees were removed from the burn scar, 25,000 of them in Paradise. Removal of these trees ensures additional safety for private property and public roads. A new program for the removal of hazard trees not eligible for the government program is pending for 2022.
Sewer Project began Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process
In 2021, a Sewer Regionalization Project Advisory Committee (SRPAC) was formed to help guide the process. The project is now in the Environmental Impact Report stage. If the project is approved, pre-construction could begin as early as 2023, with full completion expected in late 2026.
Transportation Master Plan Meetings
With input from a series of four public meetings and related surveys, the Transportation Master Plan is nearly complete. This plan will help direct road reconfiguration and evacuation planning for years to come.
Expanded Downtown Project Begun
Summer 2021 saw the beginning of construction on the new areas of downtown, including sidewalks, curb, gutter, lighting, and pathway installation. An expanded downtown means more room for business and town activities.
New Town Seal
Approved by the Town Council in September 2021 and officially adopted in mid-October 2021, the new seal celebrates a new era in Paradise history. Local artist Jake Early was commissioned by the Town to create a new design that honors both past and future Paradise.
Winter Wonderland Returned
After a year’s pause during the pandemic, the Paradise Ice Rink reopened for the 2021 season bigger and better than ever before with the introduction of “Winter Wonderland,” a series of community events and booths to accompany the ice rink festivities.
Continued progress in infrastructure, school, and overall rebuilding!
We are very proud of how far we’ve come as a Town and a community over the past three years, and we look forward to continued recovery in 2022!