The Works Progress Administration (WPA) began work on the development of a city park, swimming pool, and golf course in January 1939. Bath houses, seats, wading pool, bandstand, rock veneer golf house with showers, and picnic tables of rock veneer and concrete were also constructed. The WPA provided a grant of approximately $45,000 and the city voted $12,000 in bonds to construct the swimming pool and municipal park. Engineer Cecil Hauk drew plans for the project. Frank H. Spicer of the WPA was in charge. The project was estimated to take ten months and initially employed 54 men. The park complex covers approximately 60 acres and the rock veneer buildings are still present.
Work on Anson swimming pool begins Tuesday. Abilene-Reporter News, January 9, 1939, p. 3.
Work started on Anson WPA project. Abilene Reporter-News, February 1, 1939, p. 13.
Anson and neighbors enjoy many improvements at Municipal Park. Abilene-Reporter News, June 18, 1939, p. 18.
Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on July 22, 2018.
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