Roosevelt Pool, Susanville CA
The Roosevelt pool in Susanville was built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939. It began as a community pool – a project long sought by the people of Susanville – and then was attached to Roosevelt School next door.
After a half-century of excellent service, the pool had to be closed in 2004 due to structural failure brought on by neglect (it began to leak). It was demolished in 2015.
Fortunately, a visitor to site in the late 1990s and took photographs of the pool. The Susanville Historical Society also has photographs of the pool in its prime (unfortunately, these are in a closed case, so the photos here are marred by reflection from the glass cover).
The old pool has been replaced by a new Honey Lake Valley Community Pool.
Interview with Mr. Tim Purdy, former pool supervisor.
Project originally submitted by Katie Boeck on August 3, 2008.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.
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Did a lot of swimming there back the 1980’s. It’s a darn shame it wasn’t fixed and restored to it’s former glory!