Chico State Students Use Their Education to Renovate a Park, Saving the City $135,000

The City of Chico was desperately looking to upgrade the Capres Acres Park, a Fairytale-themed playground in Bidwell Park

The City of Chico was desperately looking to upgrade the Capres Acres Park, a Fairytale-themed playground featuring numerous activities and fun obstacles for kids in Bidwell Park. The renovation could have proved costly, so the students of Chico State stepped in to make a difference.

Three departments from Chico State’s College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management teamed up for a playground improvement project at Bidwell Park’s Caper Acres playground.




The 9-month project included 2,744 volunteer hours with donated student labor adding up to $90,000. In total, the materials donated and volunteer hours saved the city $135,000.

The renovated park was reopened on May 12, 2018. See a video of the entire process from the Chico State College of Engineering:

I can’t think of a better way to spend your time in college. These students used their skills to complete a project from concept to finish, all while making improvements for their community. Way to go, Wildcats!




If you’d like to visit the park, here is the location in Chico:

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