Volta Park Recreation Center – Washington DC

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Description

The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and the Civil Works Administration (CWA) completed improvements at the Georgetown Playground in Washington DC. Today, the playground is part of the Volta Park Recreation Center.

The work consisted of the following improvements:

“Graded, topsoil, fenced, 6 gates, remodeled interior of shelter house, new plumbing, wired for electric lights.” (Report of the Government of the District of Columbia 1935)

FERA, 1934-1935, “Surfaced two tennis courts.” (Report of the Government of the District of Columbia 1936)

WPA, 1935-1936, “2 tennis courts surfaced with clay.” (Report of the Government of the District of Columbia 1936)

WPA, 1936-1937, “Constructed pool shower and toilet house, new 3-inch water inlets for pool and wading pool; installed drinking fountain.” (Report of the Government of the District of Columbia 1937)

WPA, 1937-1938, “Completed grading.” (Report of the Government of the District of Columbia 1938)

Source notes

Report of the Government of the District of Columbia, For the Year Ended June 30, 1934, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1935, p. 86.

Report of the Government of the District of Columbia, For the Year Ended June 30, 1935, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1936, p. 116.

Report of the Government of the District of Columbia, For the Year Ended June 30, 1936, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1936, p. 161.

Report of the Government of the District of Columbia, For the Year Ended June 30, 1937, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1937, p. 125.

Report of the Government of the District of Columbia, For the Year Ended June 30, 1938, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1938, p. 179.

Struggle Marks 25 Years Of Playground History,” Sunday Star, September 13, 1936, p. F-1 (accessed September 2, 2020).

Project originally submitted by Brent McKee on August 31, 2020.

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Location Info


33rd Street and Volta Place
Washington, DC 20007

Coordinates: 38.9102, -77.0667

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