Mid day of the grand opening the RTA booth was set up, the food trucks lined up and we waited. Not sure how well the word was spread we were still optimistic that the turn out was going to be good. People started to trickle in, some for the food, some for the track. By 5 o'clock, there were more kids and their parents riding around the park than we could have possibly imagined.
One thing that we were less optimistic about was how well it would be received. Building a park that is going to be fun for kids 2 years and up that they won't tire out because of lack of progression was not an easy thing. We constantly second guessed ourselves as to whether something was too hard, or too easy.
After watching the kids ride late into the evening and hearing the feed back, we are still walking on cloud 9. Two quotes that we were told later by happy parents sum it up perfectly.
"Mom, that was the best day of my life" Told to a mom by her young daughter the day after the grand opening.
"No Dad, we go back" Told to Travis the City of Redding's Community Projects Manager by his 2 year old daughter as they left the park late in the evening.