The Rockport Democrat, November 8, 1935

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Park Lake WPA Work Underway

Headed by the high school band, the park board, the mayor and city council, promoter George Honig, fifty workmen with spades, followed by a long string of autos loaded with citizens, marched from the court square to the city park Monday morning where the new $20,000 improvement was started with imposing ceremonies.

The project embraces a large lake with an island in the center, also a playground and other features to make the park and ideal recreation place. For the work $20,268 has been appropriated by the Works Progress Administration through the persistent efforts of George Honig, and sponsored by the city park board. Fifty men were put to work at the time and fifty more are to be added next Monday.

A number of pictures were taken, taking in different angles of the program. Mayor Chinn broke ground with the first shovel of dirt and in a short talk expressed his great pleasure in being asked to turn the first dirt in a project that would so enhance the beauty and value of the park, a part of the Lincoln Pioneer Shrine. In addition to the great improvement it will be to the park, will be the work it will provide for those unable to secure employment and thus lessen the relief burden.

The program was enjoyed by a large number of people who gathered for exercises and note the start of an important work, which will be pushed as rapidly as the weather permits.