New York Avenue Recreation Center
In 1936, the Washington Post reported that Works Progress Administration (WPA) crews had done work on the New York Avenue Playground. This would have been part of a nearly $1 million WPA program of park and playground improvements in 1935-36.
It is unclear whether the existing field house dates to this period, but it shares a general form with other New Deal playgrounds in the area. In 2012, the playground and recreation center were renovated.
“Park planners cite D.C. need of playgrounds,” Washington Post, March 29, 1936, p. X7
“Allen-Baker playgrounds debate ends,” Washington Post, September 4, 1936, p. X17
Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on February 19, 2015.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.
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