Our primary goal is to secure and hold a unique space that has generational significance.
Evaluating 14 possible locations, EBHB has identified 264 acres on the southern edge of the Chico Urban Area as the best opportunity for a significant sports & active lifestyle complex. The property is adjacent to Butte Creek Preserve and a year round riparian stream, the property is defined by gentle topography, majestic Oak Woodlands and historic rock walls, accessible from both the Skyway and Hwy 99 (Estates Drive).
Nearly 264 acres, the property provides current and future generations a unique opportunity to imagine, plan, create and enjoy the most expansive range of recreational and community facilities and services.
Acres for Preservation
Large enough to master plan gracefully and gradually ~ enabling joint use facilities which reduce development and operational expense while creating synergies that increase cross programming and utilization of facilities.
Generationally significant ~ providing future generations space for public benefit facilities, sports and beyond, serving residents and the region for the next 50 years and beyond.
Centrally located ~ easily accessible to residents and visitors with the potential to serve as an alternate evacuation route off the Skyway from Paradise.
Bordering Butte Creek ~ promoting trail access, education and appreciation for a regional treasure while adding 30-40 acres to the existing Butte Creek Ecological Preserve.
Price ~ roughly 1/100th the cost of commercially zoned land in the Chico community
PROTECTING ECOLOGICAL ASSETS
A regional sports & active lifestyle complex—a destination venue beyond sports.
Butte Creek Preserve
The property is adjacent to the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve, managed by US Fish & Wildlife. It contains salmon habitat and spawning grounds, as well as habitat for many species of special status, including Chinook salmon. There are significant opportunities for partnership in maintaining the preserve through active education and conservation.
Majestic Oak Woodlands
The 35+ acres of oak woodland that borders the west end of the property compliments the Butte Creek Preserve and would serve as a protected area with opportunities for conservation, education and gently planned walking paths. The stewardship of such ecological assets is paramount to the sports & active lifestyle complex.
An advantage of having a large property with the characteristics and opportunities this one has is having space to intentionally plan with and around aspects that make this property unique – incorporating the natural slopes, oaks and wetlands into its design. Environmental stewardship and responsibility is a conerstone of this vision.