Forest Park – St. Louis MO

Forest Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the nation, just larger than Central Park in NYC. It was the site of the 1904 Worlds Fair and the WPA projects in the park transformed it and brought it… read more

Fort Hancock (former) Development – Highlands NJ

The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted substantial development work at the former Fort Hancock. Numerous projects undertaken by the New Deal agency, totaling more than two million dollars [not adjusted for inflation], included utility and infrastructure overhauls, building new military facilities, reconstructing docks, erecting… read more

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Volcano HI

According to the National Park Service: “Within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, as well as many other parks and forests, much of the work that the CCC did is still evident and still in use.  From the research offices to the… 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

Legions Field – Bridgewater MA

Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor constructed numerous facilities at Bridgewater’s Legions Field. The facility was located at WPA Bulletin: WPA is completing construction of a Playground and Athletic Field, Bed- ford Street, Bridgewater. Work includes the building of a football… read more

Marshall Park – Lunenburg MA

WPA Bulletin, 1937: “Picnic Cave Unusual Feature of Playground Lunenburg — An underground cave equipped with a fireplace and picnic facilities for 40 persons is the outstanding feature of Lunenburg’s WPA-built recreation centre at Marshall Field. The grounds also boasts… read more

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

Oglebay Park – Wheeling WV

“During the 1930s numerous improvement projects were carried out through federal relief programs. A Civilian Conservation Corps Camp of about 200 young men was located in the beech woods where the former Caddy Camp building stands. Gift and loans were… read more