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Shadow Lake Dam - Middletown NJ

Shadow Lake Dam – Middletown NJ

Date added: January 19, 2023

In 1936, after an earthwork dam that protected local roads from being flooded by Shadow Lake washed out, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) re-built it.

Centerville School - Holmdel NJ

Centerville School (former) – Holmdel NJ

Date added: January 15, 2023

Built in 1939 as a public school in Holmdel NJ. Excerpt from the July 27th 1939 Red Bank Register: “Nearing completion at Centerville in Holmdel township is a new public school, the construction of which is being done entirely by… read more

Wampum Park - Eatontown NJ

Wampum Park – Eatontown NJ

Date added: January 15, 2023

This park and recreational lake was created largely by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and dedicated in 1940. The borough of Eatontown funded $3,500 of the cost of the project and the WPA $35,000. The park is still in use.

Mantoloking Bridge - Brick Township NJ

Mantoloking Bridge – Brick Township NJ

Date added: October 2, 2022

A bridge over Barnagat Bay connecting Mantoloking NJ and Brick NJ was built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration. It was made of concrete and wood and was used for almost seventy years before being replaced in 2006. The… read more

Cooper River Park – Pennsauken NJ

Date added: June 6, 2022

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) helped construct the Cooper River Park in Pennsauken Township NJ in 1940. “A WPA project to give Pennsauken, N.J., its first public park and recreation facilities costing $350,000 has been approved,” a reporter for Parks… read more

Stanley S. Holmes Village

Stanley Holmes Village – Atlantic City NJ

Date added: April 26, 2022

Stanley Holmes Village (a.k.a. Stanley Village) is a 420-unit low income housing project on Adriatic Avenue that was built in 1937 and expanded in 1951. Its the oldest public housing complex in New Jersey. Atlantic City was the first municipality… read more

Construction of the Original Running Track in Brookdale Park

Brookdale Park Improvements – Montclair NJ

Date added: March 20, 2022

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) completed improvements in Brookdale Park NJ (Essex County) in 1937. Initial construction of the park began in 1928 following an Olmstead Brothers’ design. “The basic work was in place by 1930,” suggests the Essex County… read more

Camp Hope NJ Location – West Milford NJ

Date added: December 21, 2021

Situated near Greenwood Lake in upper West Milford, NJ, Camp Hope was initially developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 1201 as Camp S-68 to house workers working at the Newark Waterworks. Following the closure of the worker’s barracks,… read more

Shark River Bridge – Avon NJ

Date added: March 5, 2021

The Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works built a bridge over the Shark River between Avon NJ and Belmar NJ. The bridge is still in use.

Matawan Aberdeen Public Library Improvements – Matawan NJ

Date added: December 13, 2020

In 1935, the Works Progress Administration completed upgrades/repairs for the Matawan Aberdeen Public Library on Main Street, Matawan, NJ. “As the year draws to a close, a WPA-funded upgrading project begins. The project includes book repair, creation of local history scrapbooks,… read more

Municipal Harbor – Atlantic Highlands NJ

Date added: November 26, 2020

The Atlantic Highlands municipal harbor was constructed 1939-1941. Of its nearly $1,000,000 cost, the WPA paid most of it. The Army Corps of Engineers built a 4,000 foot breakwater to protect the harbor.

Palisades Interstate Park: Alpine Pavilion – Alpine NJ

Date added: August 8, 2020

The Civil Works Administration built the Alpine Pavilion in Palisades Interstate Park in Alpine NJ. Built in 1934 and used as a bathhouse until 1944, the Pavilion was restored in 2016 and is used for picnics and gatherings.