From Paradise to Stirling City, Ridge area parks have something to offer everyone, with ponds, playgrounds, picnic areas, and nature trails. Two of the parks, Bille Park and Coltidle Merlo Park, have historic background interest.
For a moment of relaxation visit picturesque Paul Byrne Aquatic Park. Has a public pool open Memorial Day thru August, the Rotary Grove picnic area which can accommodate 150 people, children's playground area, and a beautiful duck pond with a fountain, and stocked with fish. Fishing is allowed for kid's under 15. Stroll the 660 foot path around the pond. Located at Recreation Drive and Buschmann Road. Information (530) 872-6386.
Bille Park is located at 501 Bille Road, about one mile off the Skyway. Open 7:00 am to dusk. Bille Park was built in 1961 and offers a hiking trail along the south rim of Butte Creek Canyon. The park has a large paved parking area, children's playground, large grassy area, barbecues and picnic tables for groups or individual use. For more on this trail and others, see Nature & Hiking Trails.
Coutolenc Park covers 340 acres of unimproved land. Years ago it was the location of a summer camp, but nothing remains of the camp today. The park is located approximately 2 miles on Coutolenc Road, off Skyway at the signal light in Magalia. Features hiking trails going down the canyon near the West Branch of the Feather River.
Clotidle Merlo Park is located in Stirling City. Take the first right off Skyway, then about 1/4 mile to the park. The beauty of this private 20 acre park is amazing. It was dedicated in August 1987 by Harry A. Merlo in memory of his mother. Harry was born in Stirling City and was founding president of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation. The park features 3 large ponds, individual and group picnic areas, restrooms, horseshoe pits, a bocce court, nature trails, and a beautiful outdoor wedding chapel area. A great place for a wedding. Reserve the park! Book well in advance, call (530) 873-1658. Open May through October, 10 am to 7 pm Thursday-Sunday, NO SMOKING and NO DOGS.
Terry Ashe Recreation Center & Park, location of the Paradise Recreation & Park District, 6626 Skyway. Two acres with recreation center, playground, tiny tot play area, basketball court, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and picnic area.
Paradise Recreation District Park on Moore Road, off Forest Service Road and Clark Road, offers two ball parks and a riding arena.
Adjacent to the Gold Nugget Museum is Paradise Memorial Park, a tree covered picnic area with barbecue pits and tables for special events. The park can accommodate 150. Reservations required.
Crain Memorial Park located near Concow Lake has a ball park and picnic facilities. Access from Hwy 70 at Yankee Hill.
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