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Park Improvement Projects

Welcome CARD's newest addition to our parks and facilities maintenance team: The CARD Project Crew

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(l-r) Parks Supervisor Ross Hensley, Utility II Anthony Canha, Utility I Jesse Jentler, Parks and Facilities Manager Scott Schumann

Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) is proud to announce our newest addition to the CARD team: Our Project Crew! 
CARD's Project Crew features two brand new members of the CARD family: Utility II Anthony Canha and Utility I Jesse Jentler. Parks Supervisor Ross Hensley will oversee the Project Crew under Parks and Facilities Manager Scott Schumann. 
The Project Crew's main responsibility will be addressing deferred maintenance projects across the District. As a team, their focus is on repairing and improving highly visible features and facilities for the district and the public using our facilities in an effective and efficient manner.

"The Project Crew is up and running and it is great to see the help that they are already providing to the District," Hensley said. 
This dedicated team specializes in a wide variety of technical skills including construction, plumbing, electrical, welding, painting, and many more. They'll use many of these skills to take on and complete projects that, previously, may have required outside vendors to complete. These cost-saving efforts allow for more investment into CARD facilities and the Chico community. 
The Project Crew already has several projects in planning phases or underway including addressing the tree growth entangled in the softball field netting at DeGarmo Park, installing a new sunshade sail system at Pleasant Valley Pool, and mounting a new scoreboard at the Community Park Field house. 

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. 

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Wildwood Park Pump Track Renovation

Estimated Completion: Mid October 2022

Over the next couple of weeks, 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, are going to be doing some revitalization of the pump track!

The loose dirt will be used to reinforce the dirt mounds of the pump track for a smoother ride! Once the current track is revitalized, we are looking at some ways to potentially add on to the current track and expand the pump track!


Dorothy F. Johnson Center HVAC System Upgrade 

Estimated Completion: October 1st, 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.


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!


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Chapman Park Renovation (Proposition 68 Grant)

Estimated Completion: End of summer 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.


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Completed Projects

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!

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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. 


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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.