Reading officials held a dedication ceremony Monday morning for the newly renovated tennis and pickleball courts at Baer Park.
The celebration marks the project completion of the courts, which are expected to improve recreational opportunities for the community and provide a safe environment for all residents to get out and get active.
Wanda Negron, Councilwomen of District 5, whose heartfelt enthusiasm for the occasion was evident, shared, “I’m so happy to see this park together and this environment for children, parents, and the community to be together to enjoy themselves. And I’m very glad to be part of this district.”
City Council President Donna Reed reminisced about the transformation of the park over the years. “When I started at council, the folks involved in this playground were a very different group, but there’s been a big generational shift. Many of those folks were so devoted to Baer Park Playground Association, which is gone now. But what continues is the beauty of this playground, heavy use of this playground, and the changes that reflect the changes in our community and our generations and kinds of sports that appeal to everyone. So I’m really grateful to see all the investment here.”
The event also saw the presence of State Representative Johanny Cepeda-Frevtiz, who expressed her honor in being part of the initiative. “It’s truly an honor to be here. Super excited always to be supportive of the work that the city of Redding is doing in beautifying our spaces and providing spaces for the community to come together, entertain themselves, and build neighborhoods.”
Mayor Eddie Morán wrapped up the event with heartfelt gratitude, saying, “I stand before you with a heart full of thanks and pride to everyone that played a part in furthering the improvement of this park. This project is evidence of a dedication to enhancing recreation facilities for our residents. We remain dedicated to providing our residents accessible and safe places to be active and live healthier lifestyles.”
R.S. Smith Paving was awarded the project contract in July 2023 at a cost of $55,000.