Azul Hospitality began construction on a new 130-room, six-suite Sheraton Redding Sundial Bridge in the Redding, Calif. The property is located in the Turtle Bay Exploration Park, non-profit, 300-acre gathering place with the Sundial Bridge, museum, forestry and wildlife center, arboretum and botanical gardens.
The groundbreaking was attended by over 200 supporters of Turtle Bay and the future hotel, including Turtle Bay’s Board of Trustees, Board of Regents, Redding Mayor Francie Sullivan as well as the Redding City Council, and many other city and community leaders, along with Digger, an American Badger who is an animal ambassador for the Park. As with all of Turtle Bay’s animals, Digger is a part of the Park because he is not releasable to the wild; he was found along the road in southern Oregon after his mom was hit by a car. He arrived at the park fouryears ago and has been trained to perform natural behaviors on cue, such as (as his name suggests) digging. He gave his approval for the new project by breaking the first ground.
The hotel will be attached to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park Visitor Center building and will have a large swimming pool with outdoor Jacuzzi, 4,000 square feet of meeting space including a ballroom opening to the pool/patio area for evening events and a 1,000-square-foot fitness area, all outside the Paul Bunyan Forest Camp portion of the Park. The Visitor Center building is being converted into a restaurant serving both the hotel and the Park.