Rock Creek Park: Brightwood Recreation Area – Washington DC

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In 1937, 250 WPA enrollees went to work on a recreation center on the site of the defunct Brightwood Reservoir in Rock Creek Park.  The Washington Post (1937) reported: “Dynamite yesterday blasted a hole through the obsolete Sixteenth Street Reservoir so that steam shovels could begin razing the plant for an athletic field and playground to be erected there…. The recreation center will incorporate 16 new tennis courts, a field house, baseball diamond, a football and soccer field and areas where football, softball and lacrosse may be played.  Tennis courts now on the land will remain for the time being.”

Today, the site still hosts the Brightwood Recreation Center and the Rock Creek Tennis Center. 

Source notes

“350 jobs added to city’s share of WPA boost,” Washington Post, December 28, 1937, p. 13

Project originally submitted by Richard Walker on January 17, 2020.

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Location Info


5224-5298 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20011

Coordinates: 38.9563, -77.0478

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