Sycamore Pool too full to clean

City delays opening due to high water level, debris

Due to winter storms and more than normal snowmelt, Big Chico Creek is three times as full as it usually is this time of year. And it’s filled with lots of debris, to boot, according to a city of Chico press release. Because of this, the city is delaying the cleaning of Sycamore Pool—meaning, no official opening this Memorial Day weekend.

The creek is a natural body of water, so the city can’t prohibit people from heading over to One-Mile Recreation Area to take a dip. But, city staff warns the public of swift currents as well as the presence of branches, rocks and silt in the water.

Once Sycamore Pool is cleaned, lifeguards will take their positions. A tentative opening is set for June 9.