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Riverbend Park restoration projects in the works

The beach, an amphitheater and a playground down by the boat docks are in construction, thanks to insurance funds after the Oroville Dam Spillway Crisis.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 9:06 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2020 9:08 AM

OROVILLE, Cali. - The beach, an amphitheater and a playground down by the boat docks are in construction, thanks to insurance funds after the Oroville Dam Spillway Crisis.

It's been over three years since the Oroville Dam spillway swept through parts of the city, including Riverbend Park.

"And the water was up above our heads, [points at the location,] here if you can imagine," said Shawn Rohrbacker, General Manager for the Feather River Park and Recreation District.

The floods washed away the beach along the Feather River.

"There are not that many spots along the river that have this kind of access for families to walk down and enjoy the beach," he said. "It's steep in lots of areas, vegetation so I think it's really important for our community," he said.

Rohrbacker said crews brought in a 12-inch deep lay of sand for the whole beach.

"We also graded a terrace that will be flat on top where we'll put picnic tables, barbeques, shade trees, native plants, there's also a handicap accessible ramp that will lead down to the river as well," he said.

$6 million in insurance funds are helping to restore the park, which includes construction for the beach, an amphitheater, and a playground down by the boat docks.

"I come up here a lot for work," a community member shared. "It's really helpful with the kids I work with and I'm really glad the beach is coming back."

The rivers not too deep here, it's not too fast, nice sandy beach...so yeah come out and enjoy the park," Rohrbacker said.

Rohrbacker said he hopes the beach will be open to the public before July 4th weekend.

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