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|2275 Elm Street|
|Next to the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds|
|Glenda Driver and Evelynn Carr|
Chico Fun World (also known as "Fun World USA") was a small amusement park that was once located in Chico. This was the place for summertime birthday parties for kids, as they boasted a wide range of family friendly activities. They had two large water slides, swimming pools, batting cages, a miniature golf course, bumper boats, an arcade, and more. Any local kid who was around in the 1980s and early 90s will certainly remember begging their parents for the unlimited slide wristband.
Although quite successful in the early years, Chico Fun World went into disrepair and many complained about the upkeep. There were supposedly many complaints made to the city about safety and cleanliness concerns. The park closed in 1995, after being unable to repay fines and keep the electricity on. The park sat vacant for years, with the pools and slides falling into disrepair. As recently as the early 2000s, a drive down Fair Street or Whitman Avenue (now Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway) would offer a nostalgic view of the old slide structure. It became hazardous when small fires were sparked at the site, and the buildings and slides eventually had to be demolished. Sierra Nevada Brewery bought the property in 2001, as it is adjacent to their own facilities.
2009-04-25 14:49:43 :( —18.104.22.168
2009-04-25 16:50:21 Does anyone have pics from Fun World? Mini golf, bumper boats, etc? Especially looking up at the big slides? I will be going to my mom's house soon to look through her old pics to see if she has anything lying around that I can scan. I think this page would really benefit from some more pics since anyone who is new to the area (post 1995) would have no idea what it was like. —StaceyEllis
2009-07-15 16:34:09 i loved that place —22.214.171.124
2010-02-21 18:10:11 I had a birthday party there, and I was taken home early because I was being really bad. All my friends got to say and have fun without me. What a cool place. It would have been really great if the money had been managed well, and prioritized better. —126.96.36.199
2010-04-29 12:50:06 I worked there while attending Chico State & Butte College in 1987-1988. It was a great place for kids and families!We have something similar to it here in Reno, NV. Boy I miss those days! Does anyone remember who the owner was in 1987-1988? —188.8.131.52
2010-07-14 13:10:34 this is bs that this place is closed. i used to have so much fun there as a kid, and now that i have kids, there is nowhere fun to take my kids... :( —184.108.40.206
2010-07-29 09:26:39 i spent my senior skip day there!!!!! I was just looking to take my kids there and now its closed or has been closed...bummer —220.127.116.11
2010-07-30 03:10:26 i lived on elm with my grandmother i went there EVERY day, i still remember when they put in the 2nd minigolf course *when it was dieing* and the new crazy baskball course and best part i was accross the road from the kiddie slid so it taunted me till i went. —18.104.22.168
2010-08-26 17:48:00 """"""2009-04-25 16:50:21 Does anyone have pics from Fun World? Mini golf,
bumper boats, etc? Especially looking up at the big slides? I will be going
to my mom's house soon to look through her old pics to see if she has anything
lying around that I can scan. I think this page would really benefit from some more pics since anyone who is new to the area
(post 1995) would have no idea what it was like. —StaceyEllis """"
SORRY to say ive spent many hours looking for pictures of my childhood playground and this site had one of thee best >.> Miss that place if only i had the backing id rebuild a similar place in chico HUGE money to be had :( —22.214.171.124
2011-03-26 09:37:21 i worked there in 1985 and it was a fun place to work!
2012-04-04 19:43:39 I remember going every weekend to chick fun world.It was awesome.. I would go and takecmy kid to it all the time. Better than having to drive the feeding to go.. —126.96.36.199
2012-08-27 01:55:04 I have memories of Fun world. To me it was almost like Disneyland in Chico. I wanted to go there a lot but we didn't have much money. I remember watching people play Outrun for hours in the arcade. I'd go do the water slide about four times then walk into the arcade almost soaked with a towel. I couldn't make up my mind. I loved the music in that game to. I remember one day when I was there I could hear Gloria Estefan at a concert singing Conga at the amphitheatre in the fair grounds and go down the water slides at the same time. I loved living in Chico as a kid. I remember walking around the Chico mall foundating before it was built to steal nails and wood to build forts in my back yard at home! —188.8.131.52