Roops Fort to receive renovation
The Lassen Historical Society, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department, the city of Susanville and the Sunrise Rotary Club, are currently expanding and renovating Roop’s Fort, and adjacent buildings. Sunrise Rotary is funding the project.
The fort, which has been standing since it was originally a trading post in 1854, has had problems in the recent past, from arson attempts to vandalism to being a hangout for drug users, according to Janet Corey, curator of the Lassen Historical Society.
“The building is in a dark state right now,” Corey said. “We all want to see it restored to its former glory.”
The most noticeable new feature right now is the seven-foot high chain-link fence that surrounds the back of the property facing the bridge across Piute Creek. The fence around the property was completed on Nov. 7.
The main reason the fence was put up in the first place was to deter kids from vandalizing the buildings and to stop the use of drugs and alcohol on the premises, according to Tony Jonas, construction projects director for the Community Services Department.
“All of the appropriate agencies have been contacted regarding the vandalism and the drug use,” Jonas said. “The main message that we are trying to convey is that this (project) isn’t for any one person, but for everyone.”
The fencing, which was the first phase of the project, will eventually be covered in ivy over the course of the next three years, so as not to detract from the look of the complex.
The second phase of the project will include the revitalizing of the fort’s Memorial Rose Garden, and the construction of a 250 square-foot amphitheatre, which can be used for several different events, from wedding to musical performances.
Corey said that this project has been a long time in the making.
“This site is important to the entire community,” Corey said. “It’s just great to see all of these separate organizations come together to work on something that’s important to everyone.”
Along with the new museum building, which is already finished, Jonas said the project has plans to bring in other items that will add to the museum experience, such as stationary period pieces like a covered wagon and eventually an interactive blacksmith shop.
“We really want this project to flow,” Jonas said. “We are simply taking it one step at a time as we restore this spot to a pristine shape.”
Mayor Pro tem Rocky Joy at the Council meeting said he has given his full support saying that the project just needs some TLC.
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