The Wonders in the Park!

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Earlier this week, I took an opportunity to revisit part of Sacramento, I frequented a great deal in my youth. William Land Park is as glorious as ever - A pleasant place to get fresh air and do a little strolling!


While in the park, I drove by the Zoo and Fairytale Town, the old familiar ponds, and amphitheater.  Immediately adjacent to the amphitheater, is a delightful area with a sign, which reads, “WPA Rock Garden – Established 1940.”  

In 1935, during the Great Depression, the WPA (Works Progress Administration), was established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  The WPA provided work for many, who were out of work.  Many projects in parks and other public lands around the country can be found labeled with WPA plaques, as testament to work provided by those employed during the era.  

Just beyond the old WPA Rock Garden, with its delightfully planted trails, one of the park ponds had something new - a very large expanse of Water Lilies introduced about 3 years ago. And, they are a very large genus of Water Lily, with some leaves measuring about 2 feet across!

William Land Park is located at 3800 Land Park Drive - Sacramento.

I take pictures for the purpose of remembering fond times.  I do not impose copyright restrictions on these photos, so you may feel free to use, or distribute as you wish.  However, should you need a Real Estate Professional in the Greater Sacramento area, I hope you will contact me by email or by visiting my website - Thank You!


Comments (18)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a glorious park you shared with us, and as always your pictures are superb.  All three photos took my breath away.  Happy Thursday!  A

Jun 04, 2020 12:30 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Myrl - your post reminded me of themany projects completed by the WPA.  Many which are still serving and enhancing communities across the country.  

Jun 04, 2020 12:38 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Looks like a very nice place to visit.  Don't know if I will ever get that far north in California though.  Family all very south.

Jun 04, 2020 01:26 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

What a beautiful park. Your photos are stunning; the bottom one especially resonated with me. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many projects the WPA and similar depresssion-era programs undertook. We still benefit today from many of them. 

Jun 04, 2020 02:05 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl I bet that was a very relaxing time, and we need some of that right now.

Jun 04, 2020 02:18 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

What a beautiful park the WPA workers created for generations to come!  I remember my grandparents and parents explaining to me what those projects were all about and how they helped give a lot of people a job. Amazing many of their projects are still standing strong.

Jun 04, 2020 03:53 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I think William Land Park is one of the most beautiful in Sacramento.  It has a little something for everyone, with golf courses, the zoo and Fairy Tale Town.  There are also ponies for riding.

Michael Jacobs - I am often reminded of the many amenities America has when I see those WPA signs. 

Don Baker - Well, perhaps life will surprise you one day!

Jun 04, 2020 04:14 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Lottie Kendall - There are several places that I value here in the Greater Sacramento area, which were WPA projects. 

George Souto - When I get a little frustrated with all that is occurring now, I look for places like this to vent my spirit. 

Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! - I like to tour National Parks.  And, I've been amazed at how many WPA projects I find there.

Jun 04, 2020 04:18 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

What a gorgeous place to visit. Your photos are stunning.

Jun 04, 2020 05:14 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat,

What a gorgeous area.  I can feel the peace and tranquility coming from your wonderful pics. 

Jun 04, 2020 05:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Myrl- what a wonderful escape from the world. I would love to find something like William Land Park near us. 

Jun 04, 2020 07:15 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Myrl, for sharing this experience and your photographs.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Jun 05, 2020 04:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

My goodness, Myrl... what an amazingly beautiful place... and so are your pictures. Thanks for sharing this slice of beauty with us.

Jun 05, 2020 05:34 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are so many beautiful places near you and I always enjoy hearing about them and seeing your pictures of them!

Jun 05, 2020 05:51 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a nice outing, Myrl. Thanks for sharing the photos with us. I'd love to visit this beautiful spot. 

Jun 05, 2020 03:28 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Myrl, Absolutely gorgeous and stunning photos.  And to think it all started with WPA, a government program, the likes of which we have not seen again to that caliber.  A great reminder of a program that benefited so many people.

Jun 06, 2020 10:44 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - You introduced me to a new word WPA and now I know the significance and the meaning behind the project. That was a great idea. So many helping hands went to work and they were glad to be working! The plants and the park survived World War II, Pearl Harbor, the Great Depression, Korean War, Vietnam, etc., etc. So many generations benefited because people were willing to roll up their sleeves and not give up. And just look at all that beauty. It takes my breath away and gives me hope. I can't even imagine all the thoughts that went through your head as you walked the park. 

Jun 11, 2020 09:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

What a fun and beautiful read - thank you for taking us on this journey with you. Your photos are really wonderful.


Jun 16, 2020 06:50 PM