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Central Park's Great Lawn
. In 1934 it was the site of the Lower
Reservoir that had recently been drained only to become a
“Hooverville” of people left unemployed and homeless by the
Great Depression. By the end of 1936
Photo: UPI 1931.
the Parks Department, with CWA funding and labor (initially, but probably
WPA starting in 1935), transformed it into today's Great Lawn, featuring 8
ball fields and promenade around the perimeter.
- Rosenzweig, Roy, and Elizabeth Blackmar, The
Park and the People: A History of Central Park, Cornell University Press
(1992), pp.449-451: “Moses now set a vast number of laborers, most of
them paid by federal relief programs, to work on the reservoir site.
By the summer of 1934, he had opened one of the two playgrounds; two years
later, the Great Lawn was essentially completed.”
Report of the Department of Parks to August 1934: Memorandum on 1935