Tuesday, March 11, 2014
10,000 WPA Tennis Courts
(WPA workers grading an area for tennis courts at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Maryland, 1937. View from the south. Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.)
During the New Deal era, WPA workers created 10,070 new tennis courts across America. On 3,086 other work projects they repaired or improved tennis courts. As amazing as this is, tennis courts were but a small fraction of the WPA's overall accomplishments.
(The Fort Hill High School tennis courts today. View from the west. Photo by Brent McKee.)