Bronx New Deal - Photo #88 - Orchard Beach

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Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay, Bronx, New York, “The Bronx Riviera”, created by the federal Work Projects Administration (WPA)[4] from a plan[1] developed in 1934 by NYC Parks Department architects, landscape architects, and engineers paid by the federal Civil Works Admininistration (CWA)[2].
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Orchard Beach Before and After[7]
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It was a massive project that joined several islands to the mainland and involved construction of access roads, parking lots, a bathhouse with plaza and dance floor; parkland, nature trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, an athletic field, tennis courts, two boat harbors, a huge bathhouse with locker rooms and restaurants and shops, a plaza, a terrazo, a boardwalk, and the beach itself [1], not to mention cleaning up the water[3].

The photo above, taken July 29, 2014, shows only a small part of the beach and half of the bathhouse. Maximize your browser and click on the Enlarge button to see it full size. See the following pages for more views taken the same day. Click here to see an aerial photo offsite, probably from the 1930s or 40s.