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Day camp


Description:Courtesy of New York City Parks Photo Archive, Neg. 1072. Following the consolidation of the City's parks system under Commissioner Robert Moses in January 1934, the Parks Department announced plans to establish day camps for 2,500 children with…more.

Day camp

Courtesy of New York City Parks Photo Archive, Neg. 1072. Following the consolidation of the City's parks system under Commissioner Robert Moses in January 1934, the Parks Department announced plans to establish day camps for 2,500 children with both an educational and recreational mission. The activities were jointly managed by Parks Department play leaders, as well as staff from the Board of Education. The day camp depicted here was at the northern tip of Manhattan near the "old House of Mercy," and afforded views from the bluffs overlooking the Hudson. The programs consisted of games, nature and geology studies, arts and crafts, story telling, drama, and community singing among various activities, and children were provided free transportation and lunch.

Location: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Date: August 20, 1934

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