Inwood Hill Park Improvements – New York NY


During the Great Depression, the WPA radically transformed this large park at the Northwest tip of Manhattan, making accessible what is now the only largely non-landscaped park in all of Manhattan. WPA workers built roads, trails and overlooks throughout the hilly park. A Department of Parks press release from January 26, 1939 summed up the ongoing work: “The fine native woodland will be made thoroughly accessible by means of a network of footpaths with many benches for strollers… The [Henry Hudson Parkway] Authority provided a further sponsors’ contribution to the WPA for toilet facilities, benches, drinking fountains and overlooks along the high point of the park overlooking the river. The National Youth Administration has done creditable work in the development of the park with walks, trails, drainage and general rehabilitation, and the area is being used by thousands of New York City school children for nature study under the guidance of their teachers.” WPA photos from 1938 show NYA workers installing coping stones on the edge of concrete paths; constructing the Goat Trail path including stone steps cut into the rock; installing Belgian Block Gutter; and grading and landscaping areas of the park near trails.

In addition to these general improvements, New Deal workers built Payson Playground in the Southeast corner of the park, the Dyckman Fields along the Hudson River to the West, and a boat basin and more athletic fields along Seaman Ave. in the Northwest corner.

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Location Info

350 Dyckman St.
New York, NY 10034

Coordinates: 40.871560, -73.925733

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