Thursday, February 19, 2015
Texas parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields
(The Seal of Texas, image courtesy of Wikipedia.)
During the New Deal era, the Civilian Conservation Corps "designed and built more than 50 state parks throughout Texas" (see "The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression," Texas Parks and Wildlife).
Meanwhile, the Works Progress Administration engaged in 771 projects to create or improve Texas parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields (see Final Report on the WPA Program, 1935-43, p. 135).
New Deal policymakers thought that hiring the unemployed to work on useful public projects would have lasting benefits for the nation. History has proven them correct.