According to the NYC Parks Department: “In 1935, the City of New York acquired this property and it underwent renovations performed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (1882-1945) Works Progress Administration (WPA). In addition to removing the deteriorating music halls, carousels, and shooting galleries, the WPA also laid down the present two and a half-mile long boardwalk. In 1939, it was dedicated to the former governor and president.”
The WPA Guide to New York City reported that this was “a two-million-dollar board-walk, constructed by the WPA in 1938.” The boardwalk runs along the eastern border of the neighborhood of Dongan Hills on Staten Island’s eastern shore.
The WPA Guide to New York City: The Federal Writers' Project Guide to 1930s New York. New York: Pantheon Books, 1982: 609.
"The Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration in New York City", last accessed January 2016
New York City Parks: "Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach", last accessed January 2016
Wikipedia: "South Beach-Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk", last accessed January 2016