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									BIDWELL
  PARK
 LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
 WITH THE PAST IN MIND
  Friends of Bidwell Park Goals
• Protect the natural qualities of Bidwell Park
• Encourage responsible park use
• Facilitate the development, funding and
  implementation of the Bidwell Park Master
  Management Plan
• Help educate the public about their natural
  environment and important issues regarding
  park management
    Topics of Discussion
• Brief human history of Bidwell Park
• Details of funding and management
• Development of the Bidwell Park
  Master Management Plan/EIR
• Threats to Bidwell Park
• Future of Bidwell Park
    Brief Human History of Bidwell
                Park
•   Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Konkow and Mechoopda Maidu Indians ranged throughout
    large portions of the region. The Mechoopda tribe, with its own distinct dialect of the Maidu
    language, had a village along Butte Creek, ~3.5 miles from the current site of Chico at the time
    when John Bidwell arrived.

•   John Bidwell purchased a Spanish Land Grant, Rancho Arroyo Chico, from the Dickey brothers in
    1849. Impressed with the magnificent scenery of the Big Chico Creek canyon, he and his wife
    Annie would later deed over 2000 acres to the City of Chico in order to preserve the natural
    beauty for future generations to enjoy.

•   In 1905, the City of Chico accepted this gift from the Bidwells and promises to ―preserve this one
    spot to nature, inviolate and through all time‖. The Bidwell Park and Playground Commission was
    formed in 1918 with ―..the power and the duty to operate and maintain all of the parks and
    playgrounds owned by the City…‖

•   With the purchase of several additions over the years, Bidwell Park has grown to 3670 acres.

•   Today, several hundred thousand people visit Bidwell Park every year to transverse the trails
    through nature, enjoy Big Chico Creek, and to use the various existing recreational facilities.
 City of Chico
General Services
 Department—
 Park Division
           The Park Division‘s
         responsibilities include:
• Bidwell Park -- 3670 acres
• Creekside Greenways and Open Space:
  – Annie‘s Glen
  – Bidwell Ranch (long-term management proposals currently being
    solicited)
  – East 20th St at Notre Dame Open Space
  – First and Verbena Open Space
  – Little Chico Creek Creekside Greenway
  – Lost Park
  – Mud Creek Creekside Greenway
  – Sycamore Creek Creekside Greenway
  – Comanche Creek Linear Park
  – Sandy Gulch (Lindo Channel)
         The Park Division‘s
    responsibilities include: (cont.)
• Developed Parks:
   – Bidwell Bowl Amphitheater
   – Camellia Way Park
   – Children's Playground
   – Depot Park
   – Humboldt Park
   – Plaza Park
   – Ringel Park
   – Skateboard Park
   – Wildwood Park
         The Park Division‘s
    responsibilities include: (cont.)
• Undeveloped Neighborhood Parks
   – Baroni Park (master plan recently approved)
   – Ceres Park (master plan under development)
   – Henshaw Park
• Maintenance of 30,000 street trees
• Management of more than 130 maintenance districts
              Park Lessees
• Bidwell Park Golf Club

• Chico Area Recreation and Park District
  (Sycamore Field, Hooker Oak Recreation Area)

• Chico Creek Nature Center

• Chico Equestrian Association

• Chico Rod and Gun Club

• Kiwanis Chico Community Observatory
                 Personnel Summary
        Funded Allocated Positions:                    Hourly Positions:

             Park Administration             0.08    Administrative Secretary
 1       Administrative Secretary            1.15    Maintenance Worker
 1       Park Director                       1.15    Maintenance Aide
 2       Total                               0.64    Landscape Inspector

           Parks and Open Spaces             0.42    Head Lifeguard

 1       Field Supervisor                    0.36    Assistant Head Lifeguard

 6       Maintenance Worker                  1.44    Lifeguard

 1       Park Ranger/Volunteer Coordinator   0.72    Special Project Worker

0.81     Seasonal Park Ranger                5.32    Total Hourly Positions

 2       Senior Maintenance Worker
 1       Senior Park Ranger                  27.73   Department Total

11.81    Total
        Street Trees/Public Plantings
 1       Field Supervisor
 3       Maintenance Worker
 0.6     Seasonal Maintenance Worker
 3       Tree Maintenance Worker
 1       Urban Forester
 8.6     Total
22.41    Total Funded Permanent Positions
              City of Chico
    2005-06 Annual Budget (proposed)
              Park Division
Expenditure Category                   General Fund     Other
Salaries and Employee Benefits         $1,805,174        0
Materials and Supplies                   $225,561        0
Purchased Services                       $537,550        0
Other Expenses                           $148,122        0
Allocations                              $226,684        0
Department Total                        $2,943,091      $0


                  Department Summary by Fund-Activity

Title                                  General Fund
Park Administration                      $350,148
Parks and Open Spaces                  $1,528,306
Street Trees/Public Plantings          $1,064,637
Department Total                       $2,943,091
All Park Division operating expenditures are paid
    from the Chico General Fund whose income
    sources are:

 Sales tax 43%
 Utility user‘s tax 15%
 Motor vehicle in-lieu fees 12%
 Interfund transfers 10%
 Property taxes 8%
 Other 8%
 Transient occupancy tax 4%
Additional funding sources for operating
 expenses in other municipal parks include:

 Fixed percentage of sales tax (requires voter
  approval)
 Parcel tax (requires voter approval)
 Fixed percentage of the transient occupancy tax
  (requires voter approval)
 Donations from individuals and businesses
 Foundations
 Volunteer Organizations Working in Bidwell
          Park on a Regular Basis
                                (about 15,000 hours in 2004)

Big Chico Creek Watershed Alliance—water quality testing & grant-writing for fish ladder repairs

Butte Environmental Council—annual Bidwell Park and Creeks of Chico cleanup

California Native Plant Society, Mt. Lassen Chapter—removal of invasive Spanish broom in Upper Park
     and Lindo Channel

Chico Cat Coalition—rescue, care for, spay & neuter and find homes for cats and kittens that are dumped in
    the park (more than 600 so far)

Friends of Bidwell Park—invasive plant removal, mapping, trash pickup, oak tree restoration, Annie‘s Glen
    Centennial restoration project

Kids and Creeks—invasive plant removal and riparian restoration by K-12 students

Park Watch—the ―eyes and ears‖ of the park, report problems to ranger, provide information to park visitors

Streaminders—riparian restoration at One Mile and in Upper Park

VIPs—Chico Police Dept. volunteers patrol Upper Park
      Recent Major Capital Projects in
              Bidwell Park
Description                               Funding Sources                             Amount
Clean-up of former rifle/skeet/pistol     Park Operating Fund (Fund 2)               $130,258
ranges
                                          Transportation Equity Act (Fund 311)       $614,474
                                          Remediation Fund (Fund 312)               $1,310,145
                                          Total Cost                                $2,054,877
One Mile Recreation Area Irrigation &     Park Operating Fund (Fund 2)                $66,908
Lighting
                                          Proposition 12                             $101,622
                                          Total Cost                                 $168,530
Bidwell Park Master Management Plan       Park Operating Fund (Fund 2)               $103,627
                                          Community Park (Fund 330)                  $320,238
                                          Total Cost                                 $423,865
Caper Acres Waterline Extension           Park Operating Fund (Fund 2)                $41,006
Big Chico Creek Flood Plain Restoration   In-lieu payment for non-compliance fine     $27,041
                                          by RWQCB
Major Upcoming Funded Capital
          Projects
Description                             Funding Sources                                     Amount

Chico Creek Nature Center--New          Proposition 40 per-capita funds                     $200,000
Building (plus an additional $100,000
needed to outfit building, of which
$50,000 has been raised so far)
                                        Private (individuals and organizations) donations    $57,000
                                        Insurance payment from 1998 fire                     $30,000
                                        Loan from City of Chico                             $185,000
                                        Total                                               $472,000
One Mile Dam Replacement                Proposition 40 (additional funding of about         $382,353
                                        $200,000 needed)
Wildwood Ave. Bike Path (to Golf        Chico‘s bikeway improvement fund                    $269,360
Course)
Day Camp Bridge                         Proposition 12                                      $222,000
Bidwell Park Centennial Prints          Merged Art (Fund 382)                                $11,673
       Major Proposed Unfunded
           Capital Projects
Description                                             Proposed budget year   Amount
                                                                               Allocated
Annie‘s Glen Bike Underpass (possible partial funding   2008-09                $585,800
from Caltrans Safe Routes to School grant)
One-Mile Recreation Area Bike Bridge (most funding to   2009-10                $319,000
come from Chico‘s bikeway improvement fund)
Bridge near Brown‘s Hole                                                       Unknown
Cedar Grove Improvements (to be funded from future      2007-08                $188,832
grants)
Horseshoe Lake Area Improvements                                               Unknown
Permanent bathrooms on north side of One Mile (to be    2008-09                $203,840
funded from future grants)
          Potential Bidwell Park
        Redevelopment Projects in
            2005-06 Budget
Description                         RDA Funds   Other Funds   Total
Big Chico Creek Greenway Downtown   Unknown     Unknown       Unknown
(Lost Park)
Sycamore Pool Reconstruction        $400,000    $1,200,000    $1,600,000
          Parks and Open Space
            Acquisition Funds

Description                            Fund Balance      Expected    Exp. Fund
                                         06/30/05        Revenue      Balance
                                                         2005-06 *    06/30/06
Bidwell Park Land Acquisition Fund      ($2,000,181)     $148,000    ($1,852,181)
Linear Parks/Greenways Fund               $298,450       $89,937      $387,387

*Income to these funds is from development impact fees
      Bidwell Park and Playground
           Park Commission
Commissioners apply for these volunteer positions, are appointed by the City Council and
serve four year terms.


 Commissioner                   Occupation                            Term
                                                                      Expiration
 Tom Barrett                    Energy & toxics consultant            1/09
 Michael Candela                Deputy District Attorney              1/09
 Stephen Lucas                  Butte County Planner                  1/07
 Russell Mills                  CSUC Engineering Professor            1/07
 Richard Ober                   Software company employee             1/07
 Jim Walker (Chair)             Physician Assistant (PA-C)            1/07
 David Wood                     Owner of security alarm business      1/09
 Development of the Bidwell Park
  Master Management Plan/EIR

 Why the Update?
 Contract with EDAW – scope and content
 Where is the update process now?
 Key issues and proposed changes
          Why the Update?
 1990 MMP recommends an update about
  every 5 years
 15 years had lapsed
 In 1995, the City purchased two parcels as
  an addition to Bidwell Park, totaling
  approximately1420 acres, that had never
  been subject to inclusion in the MMP
    Contract with the Consulting Firm
                 EDAW
•   Total estimated cost: $423,865.

•   Highlights from the ‗Project Scope‘ language:

    ° Create a user-friendly GIS database using existing information about Bidwell Park
    ° ― A field guide or manual for invasive weed removal is the desired outcome of the
    planning process.‖
    ° Create a Cultural Resource Plan
    ° ― A trail plan for Upper Bidwell Park is one of the desired outcomes of the Updated
    Plan.‖
    ° Develop Goals and Guidelines
    ° Develop other specific project plans:
            a) Cedar Grove
            b) Horseshoe Lake
            c) One Mile Recreation Area
            d) CEQA compliant project plan and EIR for Proposed Disc Golf Courses in
               Upper Park
  Contract with the Consulting Firm
           EDAW (cont.)
• EIR:

 ―…existing conditions section ( section 2 of the Draft ) of the updated
  plan shall serve as the setting section of the EIR.‖

 ― Up to two alternatives will be analyzed in addition to the ‗no project
   alternative.‘‖

• Draft EIR

• Project Specific EIRs (EDAW): Annie Bidwell Trail, Disc Golf
        Where is the Update Process
                   Now?
•   Citizen‘s Advisory Committee (CAC) activity is formally complete

•   A Draft of the Updated Plan has been submitted to the BPPC for review, comment
    and input

•   The BPPC has scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss various components
    of the Updated Plan (draft):
          September 29th (regular BPPC meeting)
          October 3rd, 12th, 17th, Nov 2nd, 3rd 10th, 14th (specially scheduled)
          November 7th & 28th (regular BPPC meetings)
•   BPPC approves a version of the Draft Plan

•   ‗Administrative Draft EIR‘ goes to City staff

•   A Draft EIR will then be presented to the public for a comment period of 45 days.

•   Final Draft BPMMP and the Final Draft EIR are presented to City Council for
    approval/adoption
       Key Issues and Proposed
               Changes
                        Format of the Plan:

1990 BPMMP                       Draft MMP
Park-Wide Goals and Objectives   Existing conditions
Issue Specific Recommendations    Vision
Zone Specific Recommendations    Goals & Objectives and
Management Units                 Implementation Strategies & Guidelines
Design Standards                 Lower, Middle, Upper Park ‗ Zones‘
Appendices                       Appendices:
                                    CRMP
                                    NRMP
                                    Regulatory Framework
                                    Gen. Plan Policies
     Key Issues: Potentials for
       Significant Change
• Loss of Language

• Alteration of wording

• Loss of clarity / rearrangement into new contexts

• Loss of the specific Zone concept

• User friendliness?

• Defensibility?
           Key Issues: Potential
              Improvements
• Section 2; Existing Conditions – the BPMMP as a
  learning tool

• Clarification of the roles of the BPPC, Park Director,
  and the BPMMP

• Creation of the Bidwell Park Sphere of Influence
  Overlay Zone

• Clarification of Bidwell Park’s role as a recreational
  facility
       Two Very Key Issues:
• Degree to which the terms of Annie
  Bidwell‘s Deed of Conveyance plays a role

• Development of recreation inside and
  outside of Bidwell Park
                Annie Bidwell‘s Deed of
                     Conveyance
1990 MMP                                         Recent draft references to 1990 MMP:

5.1.1 Decision Making and Management             3.1.1.1 Park wide Goals and Objectives;
                                                      Decision Making and Management.
Issue 4: The intent of Annie Bidwell‘s gift to
    the City of Chico is held in high regard     3rd Objective: Annie Bidwell‘s
    among park managers and park users.              requirements as noted in the Deed of
                                                      Conveyance for the original Park
Recommendations:                                      area should be a consideration in
 A) Annie Bidwell‘s requirements as noted             decision-making related to Bidwell
   in the Deed of Conveyance must                    Park, especially as it relates to Park
   always remain a primary consideration
                                                     stewardship.
   in all decision making related to Bidwell
   Park.                                         4th Objective: The Goals and Objectives
 B) The Deed of Conveyance should be                 of the BPMMP should be considered
   used to maintain the City‘s dedication            the primary policy statement for
   to stewardship of Bidwell Park.                   management of Bidwell Park and
 C) The Goals, Objectives and                        future revisions or amendments to
   Recommendations in the MMP should                 those will be subject to review and
   be considered as a supplemental policy
                                                     approval by the City Council.
   statement for management of Bidwell
   Park.
             Recreational Uses Plan
1990 Plan:                    Current Draft:

Two general mechanisms        Still forming language around
that address impacts to BP    this issue
as a result of recreation

1) Use-Intensity

2) Location of ‗Developed
Recreation to areas outside
of Bidwell Park‘
         Threats to Bidwell Park
            Threats From Adjacent Development

Building next to natural areas without providing adequate buffers leads
   to…

•   Habitat fragmentation and increased edge effect
•   Increased invasions of invasive plant and animal species
•   Reduction of native biodiversity through displacement and predation
•   Increased extinction rates of local populations
•   Hydrological alterations
•   Destruction of functioning corridors between habitats
•   Diminution of the majestic views for park users
          Threats from lack of adequate
                   information

• Detailed information about Bidwell Park‘s natural communities and
  their associated functions is limited

• Specific information regarding sensitive plant and animal species
  and their habitat requirements is limited

• Incomplete documentation of cultural resources

• Identification of active soil erosion sites has never been conducted
  by qualified soil scientist
Threats From Lack of Management


• Bidwell Park‘s new Draft Master Management Plan fails to clearly
  define the priority of management tasks and identification of funding
  sources
• City lacks ability to provide enforcement to stop illegal uses of the
  park (bootleg trails, alcohol consumption, seasonal smoking ban,
  camping)
• City proposes more development of Bidwell Park, without attempting
  to outline a maintenance plan for existing park trails and existing
  facilities
• During the update process the City is questioning the General Plan
  Resource Conservation Area designation for all of Bidwell Park
   Suggestions for the Advocacy of
   the Conservation of Bidwell Park
Help Commissioners, Councilors and fellow citizens understand :

• The significance of Bidwell Park as a historically and currently intended
   natural park

• The significance of Bidwell Park‘s size, quality and location in reference to
   statewide/regional preservation of species/natural habitats

• The sustainable ecosystem needs of Bidwell Park

• Bidwell Park as the worst choice for locating developed recreation

• Bidwell Park as a quality of life issue

• Bidwell Park as an economic influence

• Bidwell Park as an educational resource
Questions and Comments

								
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