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La Junta City Park

  • La Junta City Park Lake

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    New Deal projects carried out between 1933 and 1941 transformed La Junta City Park from a poorly drained park into the city's top outdoor recreation space. The Works Progress Administration originally planned to build four lakes in the park, but a large flood in 1937 caused the WPA to reduce the number of lakes to just one.
    La Junta City Park Lake
  • Rustic Building in La Junta City Park

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    For the park's walls and buildings, the WPA quarried stone from a site near Higbee, just south of La Junta. In all its work, the WPA emphasized local materials and labor-intensive, handcrafted construction in order to maximize wages and minimize other expenses.
    Rustic Building in La Junta City Park
  • Bench in La Junta City Park

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    During its two main phases of work, the WPA built new walks, driveways, perimeter walls, tennis courts, restrooms, and benches in La Junta City Park. The basic layout of the park has not changed since the WPA completed its improvements in 1941.
    Bench in La Junta City Park
  • Skate park in La Junta City Park

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    Recent additions to the park, including the sunken skate park (2003), have generally enhanced the park's functionality without substantially altering the WPA's design.
    Skate park in La Junta City Park
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References: 

Abigail Christman, “La Junta City Park,” National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (September 2006).

Abigail D. Christman, The Legacy of the New Deal on Colorado’s Eastern Plains (Denver: Colorado Preservation, 2008).

Additional Information: 

Frances Bollacker Keck, Conquistadors to the 21st Century: A History of Otero and Crowley Counties, Colorado (La Junta, CO: Otero Press, 1999).

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