City of Chico asks public opinion for Upper Bidwell park fee

The city of Chico is asking for the public's help in deciding whether or not to begin charging a dollar-a-day to park at upper Bidwell.

Posted: Feb 17, 2018 1:38 PM

CHICO - The city of Chico is asking for public's help in deciding whether or not to begin charging a dollar-a-day to park at upper Bidwell.

Upper park road has been closed to vehicles for years and it will take about $500,000 to repair the road past the diversion dam.

And in 2017, more than 400,000 vehicles drove into the upper park so, with a small fee, the repairs could be easily covered.

But the city wants to make sure that this is what the community wants before they make a decision.

“That way it'll help to do more parking, signage. those amenities up there that are needed. It’s a user fee, if you don't come into the park, you don't pay that fee,” said Linda Herman, an employee from the Chico Public Works Department.

The survey will include whether or not there's any value to re-opening upper park road and if it's worth $1 parking fee to make the repairs as well as some other upgrades, like more security, lighting, bathrooms and parking.

For a link to the survey click here.

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