Montclair Park & Recreation Center – Oakland CA

The seven-acre Montclair Park in Oakland was built with the aid of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1938-39.  This gem of a park lies just north of Montclair Village in the Oakland hills and below Montclair Elementary School.  The… read more

Murphy Park – Greenfield MA

Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) workers developed recreation improvements at Greenfield’s Green River Swimming and Recreation Area and Murphy Park, during the 1930s. WPA Bulletin, 1936: Children of Greenfield have benefited by the WPA construction of a new bath house and… read more

Palisades Recreation Center and Playground Development – Washington DC

Palisades Playground and Park was developed by New Deal agencies in the mid-1930s. The field house was built with Public Works Administration (PWA) funds in 1936. That same year, the Washington Post reported that Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers had… read more

Pelham Bay Park Improvements – Bronx NY

Pelham Bay Park, the largest in the city of New York (three times the size of Central Park), sits on Pelham Bay in the northeast corner of The Bronx. It was established in 1888, when The Bronx was still separate… read more

Rancho Cienega Playground – Los Angeles CA

A 1938 report from the Los Angeles Department of Playground and Recreation describes the WPA’s role in creating the Rancho Cienega recreation area: “Forerunner of the great regional recreation centers of the future, the Rancho Cienega Playground was the outstanding… read more

Randall’s Island Park – New York NY

Randall’s Island Park cover more than 400 acres of the 500+ acre island.  It contains dozens of tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds and other recreational facilities, as well as paths, greenways and a marsh.  Frank da Cruz summarizes the extensive… read more