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Property Name Lake Ponca Duck Pond Historic District
Reference Number 15000872
State Oklahoma
County Kay
Town Ponca City
Street Address Intersection of L.A. Cann Drive and Edam Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/8/2015
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The Lake Ponca Duck Pond Park Historic District is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district under Criterion A for its association with the work relief and public works programs of the New Deal and its importance as a public recreation area. The park is also eligible under Criterion C as an outstanding example of National Park Service Rustic architecture and landscape design as applied to a municipal park in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The park has been in continuous use since the CCC construction was completed in 1938. The Lake Ponca Duck Pond Park Historic District was constructed in three phases. The PWA-financed reservoir construction (East and West Lake Ponca) included the spillway and stock ponds and construction occurred between July of 1934 and March of 1935. The major part of the park construction, accomplished by the CCC, took place between January of 1936 and October of 1938, and it included restrooms, a picnic shelter, the ""Crow's Nest"" shelter, numerous fire pits, thirty-three picnic table and bench sets, footpaths, a loop road and parking area, drainage structures and retaining walls. Later, compatible construction occurred between 1939 and 1963 and included the two entry gates off of L.A. Cann Drive, a second picnic shelter, three foot bridges and a caretaker's residence.

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