Jul 25, 2013 6:55 PM
It appears Humpty Dumpty won’t be alone during the weekdays for too much longer.
The Chico City Council announced late this afternoon Caper Acres park will be open six days a week starting July 30.
Due to staffing reductions in light of the city’s budget deficit, Caper Acres Park was only to be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. But Robert Rossini has volunteered his company ServPro to for its services in the park to allow it to reopen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through October 1. ServPro is a professional cleaning company specializing in water and fire damage restoration, as well as mold and biohazard remediation. Rossini has local ties with another local Chico company, general contractor Rossini Construction.
Rossini told Action News Now he couldn't bear to see Caper Acres closed anymore, especially after his brother and business partner raised more than $120-thousand dollars to rehab the park several years ago as part of the Nico project. The Nico Project was done in memory of Nico Cardoza of Chico, who died suddenly at the age of 16-months in 2005.
“ServPro’s generous offer to support Caper Acres is a wonderful gesture on behalf of one of Chico’s true community treasures,” said Chico Mayor Mary Goloff. “In addition this represents a great example of how the city can form a public/private partnership to maintain services as we continue to deal with the reality of our current budgetary challenges.”
According to the City’s press release, SerPro has agreed to volunteer a minimum of 18 hours per week to help keep the park open Tuesdays through Sundays. The city believes as professionals ServPro has the skill set and training to be safe while cleaning up some of the adverse conditions the city’s staff frequently faced within its park facilities.
The press release also indicated city staff will continue to monitor and evaluate its ability to serve the public and Bidwell Park will be making additional adjustments “when and where possible.”