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Building Parks & Promoting Recreation--Page 2
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Photo credits: Unless otherwise noted, all black and white photos were taken by the WPA, are in the public domain, and provided courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.  All color photos--unless otherwise noted--were taken by Brent McKee.  Click here for more information on photo credits, permission to use, and exhibit descriptions. 

 You can scroll through all the sections below, or jump to the one you want to see:

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Pet Shows
2.
Constitution Park, Cumberland, Allegany County
3.
Clifton Park, Baltimore City
4.
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore City
5.
Federal Hill, Baltimore City
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Crisfield Cabin, Crisfield, Somerset County
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Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore City
8.
Shafer Memorial Park, Boonsboro, Washington County

 
 1. Pet Shows

Above: This was a WPA pet show in Queen Anne's County, in June 1939.  These types of program were surely ridiculed as a "boondoggles" by WPA critics, yet they were probably very inexpensive, and provided employment to a few people & enjoyment to many.

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 2. Constitution Park, Cumberland, Allegany County

Above: This pool and bath house--at Constitution Park in Cumberland--was part of Maryland WPA project #3098.  Photo taken August 1938.  


Above: The pool and bath house today.  Photo taken 2011.

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 3. Clifton Park, Baltimore City

Above: This was Maryland WPA project #30.  The description card for the photo reads, "Const. of athletic field, Clifton Park excavation."  Photo taken November 1935.

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 4. Druid Hill Park, Baltimore City


Above: The WPA did extensive work in Druid Hill Park.  Here, on Maryland WPA project #3014, they are constructing an athletic field.  Photo taken October 1936. 


Above: This picture was taken in June 1936.  The description for this photo reads, "Druid Hill Park Boat Lake, Project #362, Island and Boat House.  These were practically re-built and painted.  Note workmen on roof of boat house shingling same."


Above: This athletic field project was Maryland WPA project #30.  As you can see from the various project numbers, there were multiple WPA jobs in Druid Hill Park.  Photo taken November 1935.

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 5. Federal Hill, Baltimore City

Above: The WPA did quite a bit of work at Federal Hill Park, e.g., this set of steps.  For some interesting photos of the WPA working at Federal Hill Park, click here.  Improving Federal Hill Park was Maryland WPA project #21.  Photo taken January 1936.

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 6. Crisfield Cabin, Crisfield, Somerset County

Above: The construction of a playground and log cabin in Crisfield was Maryland WPA project #3325.  Photo taken June 1938.


Above: The completed cabin, September 1938.  From what I understand, the cabin no longer exists.

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 7. Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore City

Above: Not much of a description came with this photo, just "WPA Baltimore; Robert E. Lee Park."

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 8. Shafer Memorial Park, Boonsboro, Washington County

Above: According to a 1992 Maryland Historical Trust report, "Shafer Memorial Park is one of a series of park constructed in Maryland by the federal government in conjunction with local governments under the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.  The park has served as the center of recreational activity for Boonsboro since the late 1930s when it was first dedicated.  It is the site of annual festivals and events, as well as daily and weekly activities."  The report also mentions that the CCC contributed to the development of the park.  Photo taken 2012.


Above: According to the Maryland Historical Trust report, the WPA built the stone bridges in the park, as well as other stone structures.  This bridge appears to be one of the originals.  Photo taken 2012.


Above: A plaque at the park, noting the contribution of the WPA.  Photo taken 2012.  

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