150 federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers worked to transform Pyne Point Park in northern Camden, New Jersey during the Great Depression. In addition to constructing baseball diamonds, as of April 1936 WPA workers were “building a roadway, terracing, planting trees and laying a cinder track.” Previously, the area was an “unsightly stretch … with piles of dirt and craters that were more like the surface of the moon than an athletic field on the earth.”
"The Dawn," a New Jersey WPA publication; May 1936 issue, page 12. Found at the Jersey City Public Library's New Jersey Room. "More 'Boondoggling' "; Morning Post, Camden, NJ; Apr. 28, 1936.
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 4, 2015.
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