City News & Press Releases
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The weather is forecast to continue in a dry and breezy pattern which will heighten wildland fire danger in Bidwell Park and open grassland spaces. The lack of rain this fall and winter has extended the high fire danger season. The City of Chico Parks and Chico Fire Department would like to remind citizens to use extra caution with combustible materials, and to be vigilant in reporting any irresponsible fire behavior or smoke. See the full press release for more information and fire prevention tips.
The City received a report of a mountain lion attack on a large dog very near hikers in Upper Bidwell Park and the dog's remains were found on Tuesday January 8, 2014. Although mountain lions are part of Bidwell Park's natural environment, this lion appears to have stalked the hikers and has shown unusual aggressive behavior. Parks Staff advise visitors to not visit Upper Park between dusk and dawn hours, avoid brushy areas, and maintain awareness of their surroundings. See the full press release for more information on how to protect yourself while in the Park.
The City of Chico is seeking photographs of Chico creeks and waterways for the 2014 Chico Clean Creeks Calendar. The goal of the calendar project is to help residents and businesses participate in maintaining the health of our creeks by preventing pollutants from flowing into our waterways via gutters and storm drains. The calendar provides information, tips, and resources on how we can keep our streams, creeks, and rivers clean.
Every semester CSU, Chico and the City of Chico come together to create a public space for civil discourse where the American ideals of civility, reason, respect and rhetorical argument are put into action. This semester's topic is "Mental Health." Students will be discussing and presenting on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD:, Mental Health and Incarceraton, Public Safety, Depression, Anxiety, and a variety of other mental health related issues. This free event will take place all day beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Chico City Council Chambers (421 Main Street). The final, "main event" debates will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the evening and will be focused on "The Statewide Implementation of Laura's Law." Laura's Law allows law enforcement to mandate mental health care. This debate will feature community adovocates and CSU, Chico debate team members.
During the week of October 14, 2013, the City of Chico Park Division staff will begin work on the established trail south of Horseshoe Lake in Parking Lots C and E. The work will make the trail accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and link both Parking Lots that already have accessible parking spaces, porta potties and the accessible fishing pier.
Seasonal Bidwell Park Gates and Restrooms Closing Times
October marks the beginning of Bidwell Parks winter season hours. From October to March most of the Bidwell Park gates and restrooms will be closing earlier at 7 p.m., with the exception of the North One Mile Parking Lot and the main Upper Park gate which will close at 9 pm. As a reminder, all of the park gates and restrooms except the 4th Street entrance, the main Upper Park gate, and the South One Mile restroom are closed Monday through Thursday. The Upper Park gate at Horseshoe Lake is closed to vehicles Sunday through Thursday. and due to extreme road damage, the last Upper Park gate at the Diversion Dam is closed until further notice. For more information visit the Bidwell Park webpage, or contact the Parks Division at 896-7800 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Chico would like to remind residents that the City’s leaf collection program does not begin until Friday, November 1, 2013. In most cases, the street sweeper should be able to pick up any leaves that fall naturally from the trees, but it cannot pick up leaves that are in stacks or piles. So the City is requesting that residents please refrain from piling leaves until leaf collection begins.
The Mayor and City Council are happy to announce that due to a generous offer from a local company,
beginning July 30th, Caper Acres will again be open six days a week. Due to the recent staffing reductions at the
City, Caper Acres was only to be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Robert Rossini has volunteered his
ServPro company services in the park to allow Caper Acres to re-open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
through November 1st.
Due to budget and staff reductions for the new fiscal year, many Bidwell Park facilities can no longer be open or maintained on a seven day per week schedule. As a result, staff will need to focus on preparing the Park and its facilities for the peak usage days of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Therefore, beginning on Monday, July 8, 2013, closures to specific facilities will be put into place. For details on the new park hours and closures, please read this press release. The City appreciates the public’s understanding and cooperation during this tough fiscal time, and is asking for the public’s help by using alternative transportation to access the park and to help keep the park facilities clean and vandalism free. For more information, please contact the Park Division at (530) 896-7800
The City of Chico Animal Shelter, located at 2579 Fair Street in Chico, will be changing its public hours effective Monday, July 1, 2013. New hours will be from 12:00 noon until 6:00 PM daily. There is no change in the services provided, and dog licenses will be available for purchase during public hours.
As a result of the recent reorganization and reduced staffing, the City of Chico’s Finance Office, which is currently located on the first floor of City Hall at 411 Main Street in Chico, will have a reduction to front counter hours.
As part of the recent reorganization efforts, the City of Chico General Services Department, which is currently located at 965 Fir Street in Chico, has been merged with the Engineering and Capital Project Services Departments to form the new Public Works Department.
BE PARK SMART
The City of Chico Park Rangers and Police Department offer some important tips for you, your family, and friends to have a safe, fun, and enjoyable park experience.
Many people enjoy visiting Bidwell Park with their dogs, however incidents and complaints involving dogs are on the rise. The City of Chico’s Park Division is launching a “Responsible Pet Owner” campaign with increased education and enforcement of dog issues.