The Navy is shutting down Fleet Park and displacing 6 baseball fields used by the Fleet Park Little League with its 550 Little Leaguers. The Ocean View Little League lost their playing fields last year as the Navy is no longer allowing them to use Navy fields either. This was reported on by the Virginian-Pilot here.
Remember the Comprehensive Plan(Page 28):
. . . the high-density walkup apartments constructed in the Texas Streets section of Denby Park are, for the most part, not desirable housing. They have been built too close together, without appropriate provision of open space, and without amenities. The maze-like character of the resulting development, its proximity to highly-travelled Little Creek Road and to Interstate – 64 make it unfortunately suitable for drug dealing and for serving as a base for other criminal activity. The Norfolk police report that the situation in these buildings is getting worse. They recommend major change: the acquisition and demolition of these buildings, before the situation has even more adverse impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods.
The City of Norfolk now has a need for new ballfields for our children. Let’s consider following the Comprehensive Plan, acquire and demolish the sub-standard housing in the Texas Streets, and build ballfields to replace those lost at Fleet Park. It would create a centralized place for Fleet Park and Ocean View Little Leagues to call home.
Update: This is an idea that is being floated to gauge support. This has not been voted on or endorsed in any way by Wards Corner Now or any civic league.