Continuing north we come to the entrance at Reservoir and Sedgwick Avenues
to Old Fort Four Park
proper name according to the Parks Department website, but labeled as
Fort Four Playground). It was opened in late 1934, some months before Strong Street Playground
at the other end of
. Not the press
releases, nor any other material I can find, give any credit to the New Deal
for this park but since it was built in the same time frame on the same
street as the Strong Street facility, and since the Parks Department is not
thanking Mr. Rockefeller or other rich benefactor, and since Robert Moses'
design and construction staff was entirely composed of “relief
labor”, no other origin for this park seems plausible.
Anyway, the issue of who to thank was a bit unclear in October 1934 because
the CWA had been shut down six months earlier, and the WPA would not begin
until five months later; other agencies such as FERA were picking up the
slack in the interim on an ad-hoc basis. But by the time Strong Street was
finished, the WPA was well-established and it is indeed acknowledged in the
Strong Street Playground press release
That leaves us with the question: who built Washington's Walk? Was it already there
when Moses' workforce descended on this area in 1934-35?
In 1924 the City of New York commissioned the Fairchild Aerial