Fiorello La Guardia


[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Astoria, Queens The Astoria Play Center is one... News PhotoCeremony,Fiorello La Guardia,Horizontal,Lifestyles,Majestic,New York City,Outdoors,Queens - New York City,Robert Moses,Swimming Pool,USAPhotographer Collection: Moment ©Emilio Guerra[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Astoria, Queens The Astoria Play Center is one of a group of eleven immense new outdoor swimming pools which were opened in the summer of 1936 in a series of grand ceremonies presided over by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and Park Commissioner Robert Moses. All were constructed largely with funding provided by the Works Progress Administration, one of the many New Deal agencies created during the 1930s to address the effects of America's Great Depression. Designed to accommodate a total of 49,000 users simultaneously at locations scattered across the entire city, and completed just two and a half years after the LaGuardia administration took office, the new pool complexes gained quick recognition as being among the most remarkable public recreational facilities ever constructed in this country.