Sycamore Pool – Chico CA

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Sycamore Pool is a beautiful outdoor swimming facility was built on Big Chico Creek at the One-Mile Recreation Area of Bidwell Park in Chico.  The creek was dammed by the city in the 1920s; but the pool was cemented and finished out by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s, as part of several WPA improvements to Bidwell Park. There are tile depth markers every six feet or so along the pool’s edge. The lifeguard chairs look original, but that is uncertain. A bridge across the dam was built later using state Land & Water Conservation Funds.

Source notes

William R. Lawson. "Achievements, Federal Works Agency. Work Projects Administration, Northern California." 1940: 43.

Ken Smith, "Butte County gets a New Deal," Chico News & Review, May 31, 2012.

Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on October 23, 2010.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Bidwell Park
Chico, CA 95928

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Coordinates: 39.735542, -121.829893

3 comments on “Sycamore Pool – Chico CA

  1. The source for this picture is at a website that is no longer active. Three Pictures of the pool are at: Chico, CA Pool

    I went to Chico again this summer and swam. Thanks WPA… It’s a great pool.

  2. The old picture has been replaced by a series I took in the Winter of 2018. What a gorgeous pool! I asked a couple of local women if they knew the provenance of the pool, which is unmarked, and they were delighted to discover it was from the New Deal (one of them had learned about the New Deal in school; the other had never heard of it).

  3. Lesley Green

    My 11 year old grandson swam the length of Sycamore pool on 6/23.,
    We are so proud of him. Excellent swimmer.
    I just can’t find any information on the length of the pool.

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