When families play together, everyone benefits. Multigenerational play provides significant physical, emotional, and social benefits. Research shows that children who play with adults demonstrate greater creativity and higher levels of language and problem-solving skills. Research also shows adults who engage in play with children experience dramatic physiological and health benefits such as reduced stress, improved mood, greater cognitive skills, and enhanced relationships.

Working with Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) and Chico Unified School District (CUSD), Valley’s Edge celebrates play and recreation for its residents and the greater Chico community by dedicating nearly 700 acres to recreation, parks, trails, open spaces, and public uses.

A few of these recreational elements include:

Community Park:

  • Bike trails
  • Multi-use soccer fields
  • Community center with a gymnasium and a wide variety of fitness classes
  • Dog park with obstacle course, shade elements, and seating
  • Basketball court
  • Adventure playground with interactive obstacles

Neighborhood Parks:

  • Outdoor adult fitness equipment
  • Paved trails
  • Intergenerational play & fitness stations
  • Children’s play area
  • Inclusive play areas for children of all abilities
  • Mini-sports court
  • Terrain slides and adventure play
  • Horseshoes, cornhole, and bocce courts

Regional Park:

  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Trail running
  • Disc golf
  • Horseback riding

Big Meadows Park:

  • Pedestrian trailhead
  • Frontier Lake
    • Fish pier
    • Paddling boats
    • Beach
    • Picnic areas
    • Adventure play

Village Core:

  • Pool
  • Community clubhouse
  • Putting green
  • Bocce ball court
  • Tennis/pickleball court
  • Community garden
  • Playground
  • Water fountain/water play
  • Pond
  • Bike trail

Connecting these larger recreational areas are trails, linear parks, creekside greenways, and open space corridors infused with “play pockets” and natural socializing areas. Children, parents, and friends come together outdoors to engage in fun, memorable, and healthy activities.

Valley’s Edge will continue to work with Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) and Chico Unified School District (CUSD) in planning many of these joint use public facilities to serve the community’s anticipated need for quality recreational and educational facilities.