Big changes coming to the Forebay Aquatic Center

The Forebay Aquatic Center is working on some new projects to bring economic development, tourism and recreation to the North State.

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 2:35 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Forebay Aquatic Center is working on some new projects to bring economic development, tourism and recreation to the North State.

"We have three projects in mind to do that," said Tony Catalano, executive director of the Feather River Center. "One is to excavate part of the peninsula to create a 2k 8-lane rowing racecourse so we can have rowing for both collegiate and masters rowing groups." 

Another one of the projects involves building a two-story boating and safety center on the point. This allows them to move the rentals to the new building and dedicate the current building to rowing. 

The third project involves sailing operations. 

"We would like to move our sailing operations to the South Forebay because that's a better shape and body of water for sailing and they get better wind there," Catalano said. 

Currently, the center's staff are working on getting approval from state parks and the Department of Water Resources. 

"They built Oroville Damn in 1968 and city of Oroville was promised to be a recreation destination so for any number of reasons that hasn't happened yet," he said. 

The center is hoping to have the projects done in 1-3 years. 

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