Sycamore Pool, Chico CA
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.
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. http://www.newsreview.com/chico/content?oid=6160692
Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on October 23, 2010.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.