National and State Register

Willow Creek Park

Prowers County

The park is associated with several Great Depression era federal relief programs.  Constructed between 1933 and 1938 under the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), creation of the park provided a source of employment in Lamar during much of the Depression.  Willow Creek Park was Colorado’s first CWA project and the first planned park in Lamar, providing a location for active and passive recreation activities. 

A black and white photo of a stone building in the park with stairs leading up to the left and window on the right with door just visible on the right wall.

Willow Creek Park (2005 photograph.)

A prominent feature of the city, the park’s buildings and stone features are good examples of the Rustic style as interpreted by New Deal agencies.  Characteristics include the use of native stone; traditional construction methods; evident hand craftsmanship; and simple functional design.  The property is associated with the New Deal Resources on Colorado’s Eastern Plains Multiple Property Submission.