Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Skate Park has gotten FINAL approval to build from the Chico Planning Commission with a 7-0 vote in favor.  The project will go out to bid VERY soon and we hope that ground breaking is happening as soon as possible!  Thank you to everyone who has supported this project.  It is going to be amazing!

Here is a link to the ER article about Final Approval: http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20170907/chico-skate-park-gets-final-approval-for-expansion

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mark your calendar!  On September 30th and October 1st, we are going to be selling more Lulu's clothes than you can shake a stick at!  This event will take place at Chico Junior High from 9AM to 3PM Saturday and 9 to Noon on Sunday.  New boxes of clothes will be opened for each day.  We have hundreds! This is a cash and card event. There will NOT be dressing rooms, but we will have mirrors.  If you can, ride a bike to the event.  Parking will be limited.

Friday, June 30, 2017

WE ARE BUILDING IN AUGUST/SEPT!  
The Chico Skatepark Expansion is HAPPENING!
Our non-profit, Chico Skatepark Solutions, has raised $80,000 to date! Chico Area Recreation Department (CARD) has already invested $65,000 for the prelim plans, detailed blue prints, and permits.  CARD recently committed another $200,000 to see the expansion happen.  
THANK YOU to all of you who have attended Sierra Nevada Big Room Fundraisers, bought clothes at our Lulu's Outlet Sale, bought Fix Chico Skatepark shirts or Klean Kanteens, bought Burrittos or Pizza at our fundraisers....Thank you to our 100+ volunteers over the past two years, to all of you who attended board meetings, and to our amazing donors who believe in making Chico a great place to skate.  The Chico Skatepark Solutions committee has been AMAZING and together we MADE THIS HAPPEN!

Next Steps:  Chico Skatepark Solutions will be holding a two day Lulu's Outlet Sale in late September.  Money from that fundraiser will potentially be utilized for:  Grand Opening, Clean Up at the Current Park (graffiti, lights, etc), getting serious about building at DeGarmo, and talking with EBHB about a skatepark being part of their master plan!  Chico Skatepark Solutions Board will ultimately make the decisions on these possible directions.  

For now we will celebrate this great skateboarding accomplishment.  Chico is going to be a place to come to skate!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bidwell Park and Playground Commission Meeting

The Bidwell Park and Playground Commission meeting in April was a bit disappointing, but not a total loss....  The commission had an opportunity to do the right thing for the skateboard community and the city and they missed it.  The Chico Skatepark is NOT a neighborhood park, it is a COMMUNITY PARK.  It is the ONLY skatepark for Chico's 100,000 people, meaning the community uses it, not just a neighborhood.  All that was asked of the commission was to make the park designation change to a Community Park, allowing us to go to the city council and request Community Park Funds, but they instead asked us to wait for the new NEXUS Study.

On a positive note, we had 80-90 people from the community out to support the skatepark with beautifully made signs.  Check out this clip: http://www.actionnewsnow.com/story/35234162/plans-move-forward-to-upgrade-chico-skate-park


Ann Willmann (CARD GM) and Jan Sneed (CARD Board Member) both approached us after the meeting with a positive message:  We are moving forward with the skatepark!  Our next meeting takes place at the CARD Vallombrosa Ave facility on May 18th @7PM.  In this meeting we hope to hear clearly the plan of action as we continue to aim for the skatepark expansion to be breaking ground by August.  CARD has discussed paying for the remainder of the skatepark expansion with an agreement from the city that once the NEXUS Study takes place and we can access the Community Park fund, CARD would be reimbursed. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Come to the Lulu's Outlet Sale


Lulu's is teaming up with Chico Skatepark Solutions for a LULU's OUTLET SALE 
  
When: April 9th, 2017 from 9AM TO 5PM
Where: CARD Center 

This will be an awesome event!
Parking is a concern.  It is strongly encouraged to ride bicycles!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Second Annual Sierra Big Room Fundraiser a Huge Success


On Febraury 11th Chico Skatepark Solutions held our second annual Sierra Nevada BIG ROOM Skatepark Fundraiser! This event raised over $20,000 for the skatepark. Chico Skatepark Solutions has held 9 fundraisers over the past two years and has raised $80,000. CARD is on board with us and we believe we will be building the skatepark expansion by the end of this summer! Thank you to all who attended or contributed to this awesome event. We will be holding the next on on February 24th, 2018!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Chipotle Skatepark Fundraiser

Thank you to all who came out for the Chipotle Fundraiser.  We are now $660 closer to skating a rad park in Chico!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Planning Meeting - Please Join Us


Please join us on Tuesday, October 4th from 6-7PM at Woodstock's Pizza if you are at all interested in helping our cause.  We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers and our plan of attack to get the skatepark built....our hope is to be breaking ground this next summer!
Upcoming fundraisers:

  • Chipotle (November 9th: 4-9PM) 
  • Klean Kanteen (November)
  • Sierra Nevada Big Room (February)
  • Casino Night with CARD (May)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chico Skatepark Expansion in the News

We were featured in a recent Chico ER article regarding the skatepark expansion:




We also were in an Action News TV clip about the skatepark expansion.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Where We Are in the Skatepark Expansion Process



WHERE WE ARE: CARD initially approved $20,000 to move forward with Grindline Skateparks, who has created the drawings for our expansion. CARD then approved $65,000 that will get us through all of the permits, constructions designs, and PRE-building expenses. From there, the park will likely cost another $200,000. CARD will be asking the city to help with these funds, using New Parks Money. That money is being earmarked for other projects including the swim facilities and more, but our request is minuscule in comparison. WHEN the city is asked to help with these costs, it will be imperative that we show up in MASS numbers with signs and skateboards.... 100+ would be GREAT. 300 would be even better!



OUR WORK: Chico Skatepark Solutions has raised $80,000 with nine fundraisers....two Big Room Events, Fix Chico Skatepark Shirts, Skate Comp, Woodstock, Chipotle, shirts sold by Upperpark.com, Klean Kanteen, and the Lulu's Outlet Sale!




Meetings: We will continue to attend EVERY CARD meeting on the third Thursday of the month. Please be part of this 1X per month (15 minute) commitment if you are at all able to do so. We will also meet at Woodstocks 1X per month for 60 minutes beginning in September. These meetings will primarily focus on fundraising and the Big Room event, but will also be for communication and brainstorming as we move forward. If you have anyone who may be interested in helping us expand the park, PLEASE bring them in. We need the help.






Thank you to everyone who has contributed thus far by attending events, donations, attending CARD meetings, or just keeping the door open. This is happening
















Monday, April 4, 2016

Grindline Meeting

This Wednesday, April 6th, at 6:30 PM, GRINDLINE SKATEPARKS will be meeting with the community to get input for the Humboldt Avenue Skatepark expansion.  Please attend this meeting if you are interested!  It will be located at the Dorothy Johnson Center at 775 E 16th Street.
http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20160401/chico-skateboarders-feedback-sought



Monday, March 21, 2016

CARD Agenda for the Expansion

Chico Skatepark Solutions was on the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) agenda March 17th. We presented and showed a slideshow of the February 6th Humboldt Ave Skate Event where we, along with CARD and Skate MVMT, offered lessons, held demos, a competition, and over 200 people solid for over three hours of a flawless six hour skate event with booths, a raffle, and we raised $1000. We also presented about the February 20th Sierra Nevada Big Room fundraiser where we had dinner, a live auction, silent auction, a raffle, and SOLD OUT with 320 people and raised over $20,000. We showed repeated images of the grass area adjacent to the skatepark being MIS-used by non-skaters. We then had a computer glitch and could not show the video we showed in the Big Room of Nor Cal skaters being interviewed and asked: Why do you love skateboarding? and Why is the skatepark expansion a good thing? We emailed this one to each board member instead. Later in the night, board member Jan Sneed stated, “I am in awe of the skatepark group’s efforts and fundraising.” Board member Michael Worley stated, “I too am in awe of Chico Skatepark Solutions. If any group of people want us to make a change, they should take lessons from the skatepark group.” Board member Bob Malowney followed up with, “Your group is really the gold star as far as we are concerned.” Jan Sneed stated in a positive tone, “You also have that pit bull approach with not going away.” CARD General Manager, Ann Willmann stated, “Grindline Skateparks will be here at the beginning of next month to meet with the people who have been working so hard on this and to begin initial concept designs.” We are on our way.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Our Fundraising Efforts Surpass Expectations

Chico Skatepark Solutions has raised $24,000 through shirts, the February 6th skateboarding comp, and February 20th Sierra Nevada Big Room Fundraiser. The local communities have been hugely supportive. This information was presented at the CARD (Chico Area Recreation District) Board Meeting on March 17th.  CARD has approved $5000 towards design and in April, Grindline Skateparks will be meeting with us to start concept design sketches! 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Skatepark Event a Huge Success!

We had over 250 people in the skatepark for over 3 hours straight of the six hour event, enjoying a flawless day of skateboarding! Bryan Houston said, "Show me a soccer field that can do that!" In the 6 hours total of the event we likely saw over 400 people. Chico loves skateboarding and our community deserves a decent park! Thank you to all of those who showed up and were part of the SOLUTION! My biggest thanks goes to the crew Skate Mvmt. The event was also featured on the front page of the Chico ER today.  

Skateboard Event in Chico Raises Awareness of Park Expansion Effort
Chico >>  The skateboard park on Humboldt Avenue was packed Saturday afternoon.That’s the way it should be every weekend…