Anacostia Park: Improvements – Washington DC

Anacostia Park - Washington DC

Anacostia Park is one of Washington DC’s two largest parks and recreation areas, along with Rock Creek Park.  It covers over 1200 acres along the Anacostia River from South Capitol Street SE to the Maryland boundary in NE.  The New… read more

Armstrong Redwoods State Park Amphitheater and Improvements – Guerneville CA

Redwood amphitheater at Armstrong Redwoods State Park

The Works Progress Administration built an outdoor amphitheater, a combination community building and warden’s headquarters, BBQ pits, picnic tables (built from native redwood), a timber bridge, two miles of road improvements, cleared underbrush, and made general improvements to park grounds… read more

Baldwin Drive – New Haven CT

With funding from the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), and, later, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the City of New Haven CT was able to construct a parkway from West Rock Park to a location… read more

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Development – Birmingham AL

Established in 1931, the airport now known as Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was the site of substantial work relief efforts on the part of multiple New Deal agencies: the Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA). A 1931 documents… read more

Black Belt Research and Extension Center – Marion Junction AL

“The Black Belt Substation, now expanded to become the Black Belt Research and Extension Center, was established in 1929 as one of the original “substations” of the Main Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn University. Most of the research projects conducted… read more

Bloomingdale Playground Improvements – Washington DC

The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Civil Works Administration completed improvements at the Bloomingdale Playground in Washington DC, between 1933 and 1934. The work consisted of the following improvements: “Graded, completed drainage and water service system; fencing and 3-story recreation building… read more

Blue Mounds State Park Improvements – Luverne MN

Blue Mounds State Park Latrines built by the Works Progress Administration, ca. 1990

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) pursued a number of improvements at Blue Mounds State Park in Minnesota in 1938. Initial improvement plans called for the “construction of a bathhouse, facilities for picnicking and camping and general recreation.” The WPA also… read more