Alvarado Area of Wildcat Canyon Park: Improvements – Richmond CA

Main entrance, Alvarado Park - Richmond CA

The New Deal made major improvements to the former Alvarado Park on the east side of Richmond CA, where Wildcat Creek tumbles out of the East Bay hills. Alvarado Park was transferred by the city of Richmond to the East… read more

Alvarado Area of Wildcat Canyon Park: Picnic Facilities – Richmond CA

Stone stove as sphinx, along creek trail, Alvarado Park - Richmond CA

The New Deal made major improvements to the former Alvarado Park on the east side of Richmond CA, where Wildcat Creek tumbles out of the East Bay hills. Alvarado Park was transferred by the city of Richmond to the East… read more

Crissy Field Landscaping – San Francisco CA

Continuation of excavation, filling in low areas, constructing new roads, parking areas, garages and playground; landscaping areas in vicinity of officers’ and non-commissioned officers’ quarters; landscaping and fire prevention work around flying field; construction of one double tennis court in… read more

Hart Memorial Park – Bakersfield CA

New Deal relief workers were instrumental in developing the old Kern River Park – now called the Hart Memorial Park.  The workers came from the State Emergency Relief Administration  (SERA) before 1935 and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) after that…. read more

Johnson Creek Rockwork/Flood Control Project – Milwaukie OR

Three different federal relief agencies took on the challenge of Johnson Creek’s annual flooding during the New Deal period, beginning with Oregon’s SERA (State Emergency Relief Agency) efforts. Responsibility for the project was transferred to the PWA (Public Works Administration)… read more

Ken Lindley Park Improvements – Prescott AZ

Baseball grandstand, Ken Lindley Park - Prescott AZ

The former City Park and Athletic Field (now the Ken Lindley Park) originated in 1908, but major improvements were made with relief labor provided by the Civil Works Administration (CWA) in the winter of 1933-34.  It is likely that after… read more

Morro Bay State Park – Morro Bay CA

Morro Bay State Park Entrance

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made extensive improvements Morro Bay State Park, as it did throughout California’s new state park system.  These included picnic areas, an entrance road, comfort staton, ranger lodge, and stone walls.  The work was continued by… read more

Port of Oakland: Albers Brothers Milling Company Road Work (demolished) – Oakland CA

Funds for road improvements at the foot of Seventh Street in the Port of Oakland were secured through the State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA) in 1935 (Minutes of the Port Commissioners). SERA was funded by the Federal Emergency Relief Administration… read more

State Narcotic Hospital Spadra Improvements – Pomona CA

The State Narcotic Hospital Spadra was a once separate program within the grounds of what is known today as the Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona, CA. No records exist since the unincorporated area known as Spadra was annexed into the… read more