Ellis Lake Park Improvements – Marysville CA

Description

In 1939-40, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) made substantial improvements to Ellis Lake Park, which was originally designed by landscape architect John McLaren in 1924 on an old slough of the Yuba River.  It is not clear how much of the park had been developed before the WPA came in to assist the city of Marysville.  The WPA workers dredged the lake, put cobblestone rip-rap on the banks, built rock lampposts for night illumination, and installed an ornamental fountain. They also added two tennis courts, a judging stand, a 20-ft. concrete and stone bridge to an island in the lake, and a dock and boat landing.

The city did renovation work on the park in 2007. 

 

Source notes

Text on archival photo of bridge to island (below)

Rob Young, "Origins of Ellis Lake explained," The Appeal-Democrat, January 1, 2008

"A Timeline for John McLaren," Eden: California Garden and Landscape History Society Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Summer), 2012, pp. 5-8.

See also "Places of Interest in Yuba County & Marysville" (has some factual errors)

Project originally submitted by Shaina Potts on August 19, 2008.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.

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Location Info


966 CA-20
Marysville, CA 95901

Coordinates: 39.145932, -121.586728

2 comments on “Ellis Lake Park Improvements – Marysville CA

  1. Hello I’m interested in finding documentation of my grandpa who worked laying the rock in Ellis Lake. His name was Ezra Voshel Cox.
    Thank you
    Joyce(Cox) Conejo

    • Gabriel Milner

      For this, you may want to contact lake administration: (925) 671-3404.

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