Will Rogers Park Gardens and Arboretum

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Built: 1932 | Abandoned: N/A
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (2005)
Status: Saved
Contributor: • Preservation Oklahoma
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Will Rogers Gardens began in 912 when Oklahoma City leaders purchased 160 acres of land once used as a dairy farm. The acreage went unused for 25 years, until 1932 when this land was developed for a cornerstone park. Throughout the 1930s, the city worked with the Works Projects Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to shape the land. Without a renewed interest in these historic structures and plant collections, that irreplaceable landscape will vanish.

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