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Chico City Plaza

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Located in the heart of Downtown Chico, the City Plaza is the location for a variety of community events and concerts throughout the year. The plaza offers a band-stand, a big water fountain, plenty of benches, restrooms, and grassy areas with trees. The City Plaza has an interesting story behind it. In 1872 John Bidwell gave the land to Chico and in 1873 he planted the first elm trees in the plaza. Over time the initial fountain was removed and a wooden gazebo was put in its place. The wooden gazebo in the center of the plaza amongst large shady elm trees is how many of us locals fondly remember the plaza and the concerts that were held there. In 2005 the large elm trees needed to be removed because they had a disease that made them a safety hazard. Many locals were very upset to see the bare plaza after the trees were removed. The city then worked hard to redesign the plaza without the elm trees. In 2006, after a year of work, they completed the new City Plaza. Some still miss the big shady elm trees but most agree that the new City Plaza is pretty cool. The band-stand is great and the area can accommodate a lot of people. There are currently over 100 events held in the Chico City Plaza per year.
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Required photo credits for the City Park, Chico, ca. 1910 photo:
Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license -- http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Source: “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
Changes made to original image by Chico Real Estate, Inc: We took a wide screen shot that cut off the top of the image.