About Rotary Centennial Park

Nesteled in northeast Chico, Rotary Centennial Park is CARD's beautiful new addition to our growing list of facilities. Rotary Centennial Park has amazing features that are sure to be loved by neighbors and the community at-large. Visitors will find a perimeter walking path, new plantings of several tree and plant species, play equipment, and open green space.

The grand opening of the park is December 4, 2021.
Admission to the Grand Opening is free! The day’s schedule is as follows:

  • 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting ceremony with refreshments provided by CARD and Rotary Club
  • 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Self-guided walking tours of all-new park features
  • 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Open play with CARD sponsored sidewalk chalk drawing, hula hoops, music, games and fun!
  • 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Basketball competition for youth
  • 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Basketball competition for adults

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Park Opens

DECEMBER 4, 2021

Grand Opening of Rotary Centennial Park.

Summer 2021

With its crowning feature installed, CARD, Rotary and City officials celebrate this beautiful new addition to Chico.

Spring 2021

Rotary Volunteer Days

Rotary volunteered hundreds of hours and countless workers over multiple weekends to give this park its unique aesthetic. Planting trees, building a split-rail fence, moving rocks, and working hand-in-hand with CARD staff have made this park come to life!

December 2020

Walking path installed! Bringing an end to the initial phase of construction and allowing the landscaping to begin in 2021.


October-November 2020

CARD and all contractors involved made large efforts to work safely through the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the the major dirt work of Rotary Centennial Park is finished on time.

Summer 2020

CARD breaks ground!

From soil testing to organzing, CARD led development of the park and ensured everything was done to the high standard that Chico has come to know and love about CARD parks.


November 2019

CARD Board of Directors approved the construction project that would later come to be known as Rotary Centennial Park.


The Chico Rotary clubs approached CARD offering their assistance to help develop this property. Through donations and manpower Rotary assisted in laying the foundation for this park to come about.



The lot at the corner of Whitewood Way and Ceres Ave sat undeveloped for many years despite two attempts to raise funds for the park.

Middle of 2010

Land was transferred to CARD in 2010 as part of the Neighborhood Park transfer agreements.


Sometime 1994

Land was purchased by the City of Chico in 1994 for a future neighborhood park.


Centennial FAQ’s

When will the park be completed?

We are working towards completion and hope to have the park open soon.

Why is the fence still up?

There is a 60 day maintenance period that the contractor must come and maintain the park and repair any issues that may arise. While it is hard to see a completed park with a fence around it, consider this the warranty period that we need to follow so we protect our investment in the future. Anyone that disregards the posted signs and enters the fence, will be asked to leave the park and will be educated why it is still fenced.

Will there be a grand opening?

Yes, once the 60 day maintenance period is complete we will schedule a grand opening of the park so we can all celebrate this wonderful addition to Chico. Stay tuned!

Will there be other features added to the park?

Yes, we are working to add an additional climbing structure that is part of phase 2 of the park. We are evaluating financial resources and hope to install a large climbing structure in the near future.

What role did Rotary play in building this park?

The Chico Rotary Clubs were an integral part of making this park a reality. Their labor and financial donations helped to build this park for the community. They will continue to be connected to the park and will have future workdays throughout the years. The support of both the Morning and Noon Rotary clubs is much appreciated.

How was the park funded?

The park was built using Neighborhood Park funds that are collected when new construction is built in Chico. These funds are collected and distributed by the City of Chico.

How is maintenance funded?

The maintenance of this park is funded by the Chico Area Recreation & Park District general fund. It was important to the Board of Directors that this long awaited park be built. The team of maintenance professionals employed by CARD will provide all of the maintenance once the 60 day maintenance period has ended.

Who is CARD?

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Chico Area Recreation and Park District is a special district in Chico, California.
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