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Volunteer group consistently cleans up Bidwell Park

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, Bidwell Park is mostly trash free.

Posted: Mar. 8, 2019 12:59 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, Bidwell Park is mostly trash free.

Every Friday a small group of volunteers meets at the Caper Acres parking lot in Bidwell Park. 

Over the course of a few hours, the volunteers pick through the area, dumping and hauling garbage away, throughout 6,500 acres of parkland.

"There are two rangers for all of that, they don't have the manpower," said Michael Hicks, a Chico native.

The park rangers say without the volunteers, things wouldn't look the same.

"You would notice a big difference, off trails, you would see garbage, refuse. It would be a different landscape," said James Ledonne, a ranger with the city of Chico Parks Division. 

Hicks said he spends pretty much all of his free time cleaning up trash around town.

"If we're going to have the Bidwell Park that we want to enjoy, we're going to have to get out there and do it ourselves," he said.

The group meets every Friday at the Caper Acres parking lot at 9 a.m. and encourages anyone who wants to be involved to attend. 

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