Sacramento Headwaters Project

If you have been to the gorgeous Sacramento River Headwaters site in Mt. Shasta City Park since the summer of 2010, we hope you noticed some changes! We have completed improvements to the Headwaters site, in a partnership with the Mount Shasta Recreation & Parks District. The grant to fund the improvements was provided by the California Natural Resources Agency River Parkways Program (Prop 50).

The project included restoration of the riparian area and stabilization of the degraded spring wall. The viewing platform was also improved, and a wheelchair-accessible, paved trail has been completed from the playground parking lot to the viewing platform. An additional trail meanders downstream from the Headwaters to the southern parking lot, and a new interpretive sign has been installed near the viewing platform. We completed all of this work without needing extra contingency funds, so the California Natural Resources Agency granted permission to use those funds to complete additional improvements. As a result, additional old park furniture was replaced with new, recycled-content benches and picnic tables. Also, additional plants were placed at the spring outlet to further stabilize the area and to re-establish native species that once flourished there. We ask visitors to please stay off the rocks above the spring outlets so the plants can thrive.

We thank Marrone Construction, Alan Pardee Landscape Architect, Tracy Tuttle, Sousa Ready Mix and the Mt. Shasta Recreation and Parks District for making this project a success!