In December 1936, the Department of Parks announced the completion of a new playground in Highbridge Park “equipped with wading pool, swings, see-saws, slides and jungle gym for younger children and a large play area with horizontal bars and ladders, basket ball, hand ball, paddle tennis and horseshoe courts for older Children and adults.”
Although the press release does not mention the WPA or other New Deal agencies, researcher Frank da Cruz explains here that almost all New York City Parks Department projects between 1934 and 1943 were carried out with New Deal funds and/or labor, and that after April 1935, the WPA quickly became the main source of this support.
Department of Parks, Press Release, December 4, 1936 New York City Parks Department New Deal Projects 1934-43 NYC Parks - Highbridge Park Playgrounds
Project originally submitted by Frank da Cruz on October 26, 2016.
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