CHICO, Calif. - The Bidwell Park and Playground Commission held their first in-person meeting on July 20 since the pandemic, to discuss the homeless encampments within Bidwell Park.
The meeting took place at City Hall in Chico, and the commission is now supporting the city council in their decisions to aid the homeless.
In a letter to the city council, "to protect our parks please take immediate action and establish a sanctioned campground or low barrier shelter for chico's unhoused population," members of the commission said.
The BPPC discussed several options for homeless encampments within the parks. But they came to the conclusion, "This is budgetary. We need the money and we need people to handle the problem," shared one member.
The committee decided to suggest some answers to the park's encampment problem, with the help of Assistant City Manager Chris Constantine who weighed in on behalf of the Chico city council.
"I completely agree and a solution that we are intending is not intended to be a permanent solution, but a temporary solution," said Constantine.
It was ultimately agreed that the best action was to support the city council in their decisions for the homeless.
"Please act accordingly," said the commission in their letter, "Our community needs to protect Bidwell park and other city parks and greenways as we are entrusted to do."