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

Bellota Dam – Linden CA

Bellota Dam

In 1929 the Linden Irrigation District was incorporated and established plans to divert  water from the Calaveras River at Bellota, a community about five miles east of Linden,  and create a series of percolation dams to restore the depleted ground water… read more

Camp Lassen – Tehama County CA

Construction on Camp Lassen’s Chico main lodge was begun in September 1935 with funds from the State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA) and completed the following spring. The Chico Meadows site was cleared from forest lands originally leased from the Diamond… read more

Columbia Slough (improved) – Portland OR

Men working on side of Columbia Slough Channel to widen dike - Portland OR

From late December 1934 through early spring 1935, the State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA) funded improvements to the Columbia Slough that involved raising and leveling a dike on the slough’s channel approximately 1.5 miles east of Faloma station. While improving… 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

Duniway Park (improved) – Portland OR

Work Relief Crews at Duniway Park improving the area from landfill to park - Portland OR

Although Duniway Park was founded in 1918 to serve residents in south Portland, improvements had been limited and those who used it complained of the odors associated with the landfill that originally established the playground area. In 1934, the Oregon’s… 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

Oakland Airport (North Field): Hangar Improvements – Oakland CA

New Deal agencies did a variety of work on the five hangars at the Oakland Municipal Airport (now the North Field of the Oakland International Airport) and later built a new hangar for the Naval Reserve Air Base at the… 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