Canadian Geese at Anacostia Park
Anacostia Park is one of Washington DC’s largest recreation areas, covering over 1200 acres along the Anacostia River from South Capitol Street SE to the Maryland boundary in NE. It is made up of several sections, and includes such major features as Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Langston Golf Course and Anacostia Pool and Recreation center.
New Deal work in the park was funded by the Public Works Administration (PWA) and the performed in 1933-36 by the Civil Works Administration (CWA), Works Progress Administration (WPA), and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Besides the major elements of the park (see linked pages), improvements included, “Lawn areas developed… street lights installed; new areas graded and filled; roadways constructed.” (Washington Daily News 1936)
In 1936, Work: A Journal of Progress reported that WPA crews conducted over $42,000 worth of grading work. Other WPA work may have included: “78 acres of vegetable cultivating at Anacostia Park, food to be distributed to needy; Grade, place topsoil, seed, plant grass on greens, construct greens and tees, and perform appurtenant work, at the golf course at Anacostia Park.” (WPA Microfilm)
National Archives, Record Group 69, Records of the Work Projects Administration, “Newspaper clippings file, 1935-1942.”
“New Deal Projects Aid Many Park Developments in Capital,” Washington Daily News, July 23, 1936.
National Archives, Record Group 69, WPA Microfilm, District of Columbia, Box 969.
"Environmental Assessment, Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Section 3 Realignment." National Park Service, 2011.
District of Columbia Works Progress Administration, “$5,000,000 Spent in D.C.,” Work: A Journal of Progress, Vol. 1, No. 1, Sept. 1936, p. 32
Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on May 29, 2013.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.
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