Oxon Run Playground – Washington DC

Description

In 1942, the Lanham Act allocated 7 acres and funding for the Federal Works Agency (FWA) to construct sports facilities at Oxon Run at Mississippi Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets, SE.  

It is unknown is the Oxon Run pool dates from this period and if any remnants of the New Deal work remain at the site.

The playground preceded what is now Oxon Run Park, a 300 acre area created in 1971 and still a major recreation area today, with bicycle paths, jogging paths, and a baseball diamond.

Source notes

“FWA grants $235,000 for 9 D.C. play areas,” Washington Post, July 28, 1942, p. 1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxon_Run_Park

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on March 17, 2015.

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Location Info


4th St. and Mississippi Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20032

Coordinates: 38.8368, -76.9992

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