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Park Improvement Projects

Take a look at some of the park improvement projects CARD has underway or slated to begin in the near future. This page will be updated periodically with new upcoming projects or during the passage of milestones in larger-scale projects. 

May contain: outdoor play area, play area, and outdoors

Hooker Oak Tot Play Structure

Estimated Completion: May 2023

What We're Doing: Replacing the aging play structure on the south side of Hooker Oak Park. The new play structure will feature two slide styles, four ladder-climbing apparatuses, a small rock climbing wall, and a stepped-style bridge to cross between towers. Additional features will include a zip line and traditional swing set. 

May contain: outdoor play area, play area, outdoors, grass, and plant


Peterson Park Play Structure

Estimated Completion: May 2023

What We're Doing: Replacing the aging play structure at Peterson Park. The new play structure will feature Features three slide styles, three ladder climbing apparatuses, two rope climbing apparatuses, and a natural-style bridge to cross between towers. Additional features will include a rope merry-go-round, and butterfly-shaped climbing net. 




Ariel view of planned Bocci Courts. Four long rectangular platforms.

Community Park Bocce Court Installation

Estimated Completion: Spring 2023

What We're Doing: A brand new state-of-the-art four-court bocce ball complex is scheduled to be installed on the southwest end of Community Park, adjacent to Chapman Elementary School. The courts will include a covered facility, new lighting, landscaping, and is a welcome addition to an already beautiful park!


Chapman Park Renovation (Proposition 68 Grant)

May contain: person, human, and water

Estimated Completion: Fall 2023

What We're Doing: In December 2021, The Chapman Park Renovation project was one of 62 selected projects throughout the state of California for the renovation and expansion of existing park space. 

The $2.9 Million in grant funding is a transformative investment in the Chapman neighborhood. The grant will allow for the construction of a new splash pad water recreation and play area, a walking path with lighting, fencing, and restrooms for enhanced recreational opportunities in the Chapman community. 

Awarded through State Parks’ Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program, the competitive grant program creates new parks and new recreation opportunities in underserved communities across California.



Completed Projects

Comprehensive Tree Inventory in CARD Parks and Facilities. 

Estimated Completion: December 2022

What We're Doing: Perform a comprehensive tree inventory to collect and verify accurate information on the health and diversity of trees in CARD's facilities. Information such as how many trees there are, what their species is, and what their condition is, are gathered in order to prioritize tree maintenance needs throughout the district. 


Hooker Oak and Rotary Park Basketball Court Resurfacing

Project Completed: February 2023

What We're Doing: Resurfacing the cracking asphalt basketball courts at Hooker Oak and Rotary parks with SportCourt, a tiled outdoor basketball court material that provides a safe, high-performance basketball surface that reduces shock, and delivers excellent traction and ball response.

What We're Doing: Resurfacing the cracking asphalt basketball courts at Hooker Oak and Rotary parks with SportCourt, a tiled outdoor basketball court material that provides a safe, high-performance basketball surface that reduces shock, and delivers excellent traction and ball response.


Community Park Pickleball Court Installation

Estimated Completion: March 2023

What We're Doing: Converting the two northeast most courts into 8 pickleball courts.

Hooker Oak and Rex Murphy Softball Field Lighting Upgrades

Project Completed: January 2023

Project Completed: January 2023

What We Did: Upgrades to lighting, structural, and electrical systems at Hooker Oak and Rex Murphy softball fields to deliver unparalleled illumination of play areas using LED and HID lighting, while cutting energy consumption and light spill for an environmentally efficient approach to lighting. 


Dorothy F. Johnson Center HVAC System Upgrade 

Estimated Completion: October 2022

What We're Doing: The installation of a new heating and cooling system at the Dorothy F. Johnson Center is CARD's new approach to more efficient and sustainable heating and cooling! This new system will allow for year-round PLAY at the gymnasium inside the DFJ Center, even when the temperature rises above +100 degrees.

Wildwood Park Pump Track Renovation

Completed: October 2022

What we did: CARD and some wonderful, dedicated members of the community at Silver Dollar BMX, with assistance from Chico Velo and the Active 20-30 Club of Chico, revitalized the Wildwood Park pump track! Loose dirt was used to reinforce the dirt mounds of the pump track for a smoother ride! 


Centennial Park Play Structure Installation

Completed: May 2022

What We Did: Through a generous donation from the Chico Noon Rotary Club, a new play structure, the super NetPlex, was installed on the south end of the park, adjacent to the natural playground!


Pleasant Valley Pool Renovation

Completed:  May 2022
What We Did: A complete renovation of the Pleasant Valley Pool including resurfacing of the pool's floor and walls, installation of new lighting inside the pool for swimmer's safety, and a new heater to make the pool water temperature perfect year-round. 


Oak Way Park Play Structure Installation

Completed: June 2022

What We're Doing:  Through a generous grant from the California State Parks and Proposition 68, the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) has been provided funding for a new play structure at Oak Way Park. New features installed include the main play structure (pictured), sway benches and a traditional swing set!


Highway 99/Community Park Bike Path Extension (City of Chico project)

Completed : End of Summer 2022

What We're Doing: The City of Chico, in coordination with CARD, will be connecting the bike path from the east side of Highway 99 to the west side via a highway underpass. In addition to connecting the two sides of the bike path, the path along the north side of Community Park will be re-paved and safety lighting installed.