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Ramblings of the Manager

Recently I came into my office and found a pink piece of paper sitting on my keyboard.  When unfolded, I was  teleported back in time 27 years.  The air is heavy, the humidity makes my skin damp and the smell of chlorine lingers in the air.  I am sitting inside my favorite place Roosevelt Pool.  Roosevelt Pool represents my youth.  The pool contained my joy and held many of my firsts.  It is where I learned to hold my breath under water, where I learned to swim and dive, where I learned what it meant to work hard, where I had my first job and discovered I enjoyed teaching, where I met my best friend and where I kissed my first boy.  The pool was perhaps my first love and also my first heartbreak when it was condemned in 2004.  Upon it's closure I vowed that if the Community ever gained another pool I would work for it.  In 2016 I was able to fulfill my promise and after one season I became the manager.  I hope that the Honey Lake Valley Community Pool brings as much joy to the children today as I know Roosevelt Pool brought to the children of the past.  That as adults they can close their eyes and be teleported back in time when things were a lot simpler and way more magical, when their summer's were spent at the local pool.

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The Begining

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The 1920's saw Lassen County, specifically Susanville experience a huge population growth.  This was due to the establishment of the lumber mills, the Fruit Growers Supply Company and Lassen Lumber and Box Company.  The huge influx in population meant also an increase in children.  And by the mid 1920's four new schools were built, the last one being Roosevelt.
 

With the growth in population came the increased desire for "city" type amenities.  Parks were established and a tennis court was installed.  Local citizen Frank O'Kelly began lobbying for a swimming pool.  The cities first "pool" was established in 1920 after the donation of land made by Sarah Winchester.  The "pool" was a bend in the Susan River located along what is now Carol St.  The Monticola club even donated changing rooms.  However, the Susan River Pool was short lived as warm temperatures would make the water unsanitary and Health Officials became increasingly concerned with bacterial infections.

 

Not giving up on his dream to have a local pool Frank O'Kelly continued to lobby local officials and in 1936 the County submitted a proposal to the governments Works Progress Administration (WPA).  In the Fall of that year the proposal was approved and funding was awarded in the amount of $22,858.  Construction on Roosevelt Pool was completed in 1938.
 

Roosevelt Pool

Roosevelt Pool was located directly across from Roosevelt school on land that was donated by the Susanville school district.

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