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City News & Press Releases

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Rattlesnake Season in Bidwell Park

Park Rangers would like to remind park users that rattlesnakes will become more prevalent as the weather turns warmer, and to use caution when hiking, biking, or walking in the park. See full news release for more information.

Flume Street Diagonal Parking

On April 10 and 11, 2014, the City will be converting metered parallel parking spaces to unmetered diagonal parking along Flume Street between Fourth through Sixth Streets. See full news release for more information.

Help Keep our Wastewater Free from Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

See full news release for information regarding Drug Free Drains and “National Drug Take-Back Day” which is scheduled for April 26, 2014.

Continuing Dry and Breezy Conditions Lead to Heightened Fire Danger

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.

Mountain Lion Attack on Dog in Upper Bidwell Park

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.

Accessible Improvements Start on Horseshoe Lake Trail

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.

NEW HOURS FOR THE CITY OF CHICO ANIMAL SHELTER

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.     

CITY OF CHICO FINANCE OFFICE FRONT COUNTER HOURS TO CHANGE

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.

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.

DOG ETIQUETTE IN THE PARK

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.

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