The Esplanade Chico, CA “Quiet graciousness characterizes The Esplanade. From the moment you’re on it, you know you are in a special, a different place. 'In' is perhaps an appropriate word here, better than ‘on’ or ‘along’, because of the strong ‘placeness’ of this street … The Esplanade seems wider than other streets ... much wider than any of those that cross it or run immediately parallel to it, and as such it gives pause & focus. It provides structure.” - A. Jacobs, Boulevard Book (2003)
Lower Bidwell Park, Chico CA. This park flows through the city of Chico. Upper park is just that - it stretches up into the foothills. Lower park is in the valley and continues on splitting the city in half from north to south. Bidwell Park is the 2nd largest municipal park in the nation, after Central Park in NYC.