During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the need for jobs was critical. Wilmington responded to the need by building the Community Drive, now known as Lake Shore Drive. This Depression-era project to build a five-mile road around Greenfield Lake and park in the downtown area created jobs for hundreds of men. Work began on November 24, 1930, and ended eighteen months later. The project funding was unique. Local residents who were fortunate enough to have retained their jobs agreed to fund the project through their own paychecks. Participants gave one day's salary every month. Over $110,000 was raised.