Lava Beds Maintenance Crew Re-Engineers CCC Picnic Tables
by Annie Cornett
Built in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), several picnic tables located within Lava Beds National Park recently required restoration in order to replace the top, wood surface which had slowly deteriorated over the years. According to Don Bowen, Chief of Maintenance at Lava Beds National Park, it was typical for the park to replace the table tops every 15-20 years, but it became apparent during the most recent restoration that accessible tables would need to be provided.
|CCC picnic table with new extended top for wheelchair access.|
Created as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public relief program developed in response to rising unemployment rates which occurred during the Great Depression. Young men ages 18-25, were employed through the program to provide unskilled manual labor for projects related to conservation and the development of natural resources. By the end of the program in 1942, 2.5 million men had participated completing projects ranging from planting trees in an attempt to reforest America and developing forest fighting methods, to assisting with the construction of more than 800 national parks.