Hart Park – Orange CA

City:
Orange, CA

Site Type:
Parks and Recreation, Park Creation and Expansion

New Deal Agencies:
Work Relief Programs, Works Progress Administration (WPA), State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA)

Started:
1935

Completed:
1938

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Marked:
Unknown

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

Hart Park in Orange, California, was created in the 1930s by the City of Orange with the help of the State Emergency Relief Agency (SERA) and the federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). Orange City Park was the town’s first park.

In 1935, a proposal was submitted for funding to build Orange City Park with $30,963 from the WPA for relief labor and $12,362 in local funds for materials, employing 66 men for 11 months. The proposal was approved in early 1936 and the work probably continued for the next two years, given the extensive improvements made.

This was part of a larger proposal of WPA projects in Orange County that would employ 3,040 unemployed workers. 

In 1964, it was renamed Hart Park after local newspaper editor William O. Hart. Today Hart Park still contains the Hart Park Bandshell, Hart Park Pool Building, and the Hart Park Horseshoe Pit, which were all WPA projects.

Source notes

"Approval for WPA Projects Being Sought". Santa Ana Register. August 10, 1935, Page 1 & 2.

"Federal Funds Allocated for WPA Projects". Santa Ana Register. February 24, 1936, page 3.

Chris Jepsen. January 18, 2008. “W.O Hart Park, Orange”. O.C. History Round Up. <https://ochistorical.blogspot.com/2008/01/w-o-hart-park-orange.html>

Phil Brigandi. 2011. “A Brief History of Orange”. Orange County History. https://www.orangecountyhistory.org/wp/?page_id=197

Site originally submitted by Diem Duong on November 14, 2023.

Location Info


701 S Glassell St.
Orange, California 92866
Orange County

Coordinates: 33.7771, -117.8497

Site Details

Federal CostLocal Cost
$30,963 $12,362

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