Jackie Robinson Park and Pool - Photo #4

Photo:  New York Public Library Digital Collections.
WPA crews at work in Colonial Park, 1937, looking west along 145th Street. If no "USA WORK Program WPA" signs are on display, that's characteristic of all the WPA jobs overseen by the Parks Department, whose Commissioner, Robert Moses, was an opponent of President Roosevelt and of the New Deal. Even though he accepted countless millions of their dollars to build his parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, parkways, tunnels, and bridges. Compare these photos with shots of other WPA work sites such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard or anywhere else in the USA.