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Richmond Road Rocks May Receive Park Grant-Funded Improvements

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

With the Susanville Grammar School high on the hill behind them, these kids in 1910 are taking advantage of the natural swimming hole at the Richmond Road bridge.

It’s one of Susan River’s prettiest natural features, a Susanville summer tradition for countless generations and now ‘the rocks’ near the Richmond Road bridge could be getting a facelift thanks to a grant being proposed by the City of Susanville.

The city is looking for public comment on a proposal to enlarge and beautify the area of the river where Mill Street, Carroll Street and Richmond Road interconnect. The rocks have been used as a swimming hole since the 1800s.

The city’s Project Manager Quincy McCourt is working on a grant proposal to improve parks all around town and there will be three community meetings focused on gathering ideas for the rocks.

Susanville resident Jim Reichle is working alongside McCourt to spearhead the effort to expand the area.

“It is really an incredible natural feature right in town,” says Reichle. “However, it has been abused for years.”

“My personal hope is that changes will highlight the beauty, will promote positive visitors, as opposed to some negative folks, and make the area much cleaner and safer.”

On Tuesday, June 11th at 2:00p.m., Reichle will be having the first of at least three community meetings at the rocks to gather ideas from the public.

“Tuesday’s meeting hopes to gain ideas by users, mostly kids,” explains Reichle who also plans to have a meeting that targets the surrounding neighborhoods and another that invites law enforcement and emergency services.

The neighborhood meeting will be on June 25th at 6:00p.m. The emergency responder meeting will be on July 21st at 6:00p.m. Anyone from the public is invited to all meetings.

The work being proposed will be funded through the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program.

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13 Responses to Richmond Road Rocks May Receive Park Grant-Funded Improvements

  1. Suzanne Baker

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    This has also been a dangerous spot over the years with near drownings and paralysis to people who landed badly. Why draw attention and draw more people to a possible lawsuit jackpot!

  2. Alexandra Dallimore

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I think they should leav it alone, it’s the only spot that is deep enough for people jump/dive off the rocks, it’s the only thing that is cool about that place.

  3. Jeff Ellena

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    When in 7th and 8th and high school, we would eat our lunch at the Rocks, sometimes we never made it back to class,I can still remember the first,time I jumped off the bridge.

    • Ted Maurino

      Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Jeff Ellena I know of a few who were paralyzed doing that.

    • Jeff Ellena

      Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      Ted Maurino There’s a ledge on the right side ,you could usually see it in the summer. I wasn’t real brave, it took me a few years to get the courage..

  4. Rick Johnson

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I’m quite sure the powers-that-be will make a full Fiasco out of the whole Rock situation… When it comes to kids having fun and Susanville and when the word gets out they just taken away

    • Dar Havens

      Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Too bad someone is bringing attention to this beautiful spot. It will never be the same after this .. sad

  5. Wayne McKee

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 10:21 am

    As A Kid Spent Many Hours There Was A Awesome Place To Swim !!We Would Climb Around The Rocks Like A Bunch Of Monkeys Playing Tag And Just Hanging Out !!

  6. Kira Mustonen-Kemock

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Cool. But dont ruin them.

  7. Hugo Antonucci

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 7:12 am

    April Cox.

  8. Jim Reichle

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Thank you for sharing!

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