New playground planned for the Fitness and Wellness Center

October 11, 2012

Representatives of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Open Space attended the Wards Corner Taskforce meeting today and presented plans for a new playground to be installed at the Fitness and Wellness Center next to the tennis courts. Below are pictures taken of the plans:

New playground at the Fitness and Wellness Center, picture 1 of 4

New playground at the Fitness and Wellness Center, picture 1 of 4

New playground at the Fitness and Wellness Center, picture 2 of 4

New playground at the Fitness and Wellness Center, picture 2 of 4

New playground at the Fitness and Wellness Center, picture 3 of 4

New playground at the Fitness and Wellness Center, picture 3 of 4

New playground at the Fitness and Wellness Center, picture 4 of 4

New playground at the Fitness and Wellness Center, picture 4 of 4





Newport Ave to close for utility work

April 19, 2012

Newport Ave near the Fitness and Wellness Center will close to through traffic starting next week for utility work related to the new pump station being installed.  The closure is expected to last until July / August 2012.  Detour routes will be posted.

The community and residents will still have access to the Fitness and Wellness center.


Norfolk Budget Proposal gives Wards Corner $1,767,500

April 23, 2010

The City of Norfolk Proposed Operating and Capital Improvement Budget was presented by the City Manager to City Council on April 20.  The proposed Budget can be found on the City’s website, here.

The proposal includes $1,767,500 to be used in the implementation of the Wards Corner Neighborhood Plan.  The project description states:

Provide funds to improve the residential and business areas of Wards Corner consistent with the Neighborhood Plan. Acquisition of blighted property from willing sellers will be pursued based on prioritizing areas in a strategic manner.

The current budget (2010) allocated $1,010,000 to the Wards Corner Neighborhood Plan and proposed $1,000,000 for 2011.  The 2011 budget proposal now includes $767,500 more than what was proposed in 2010.

2011 Budget Proposal for Wards Corner Neighborhood Plan

2011 Budget Proposal for Wards Corner Neighborhood Plan

In addition the budget proposal allocates $135,000 of the $1.5 million that is estimated to be needed to replace or reconfigure the Fitness and Wellness Center’s indoor pool roof, renovate the Men’s locker room and renovate the banquet hall.

The intersection of Tidewater Drive and Little Creek Road was, according to the 2010 budget, going to receive $4.8 million in 2011 for reconstruction of the intersection at grade.  The new budget proposal only allocates $150,000 towards that reconstruction, with the remainder of the money allocated over the 2012 and 2013 budgets.

Senior Center Craft & Gift Bazaar

November 12, 2009


Reminder: Town Hall Meeting

January 2, 2009

Senator Ralph Northam

Delegate Paula Miller

Delegate Lynwood Lewis

Delegate Kenny Alexander

For a Town Hall Meeting

Monday, January 5, 2009

6:00—8:00 pm

Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center

7300 Newport Avenue

The Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 14, 2009.

Your representatives want to hear from you before they return to Richmond .

Let them know how you feel about the issues important to you.

November Civic Connection Updates

November 30, 2007

Updates related to the Wards Corner Partnership area, taken from November’s Civic Connection:

• PROJECT FOCUS. The Civic Connection says “A Youth Academy for residents of the Denby Park neighborhood began on November 19, 2007, the Crossroads Recreation Center, and will run for four weeks.” This is untrue. The Denby Park Youth Academy has been postponed indefinitely for lack of interest in the program.

• TRUCK RESTRICTIONS. The Norfolk Police Department began enforcement of a new city ordinance passed by the Norfolk City Council in October 2007 limiting truck traffic on Hampton Blvd., Granby St., and Church St. Enforcement of this ordinance prohibiting trucks of 4 axles or more from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M. Violation of this ordinance may result in a fine of $250.00. Members of the Norfolk Police Department have received training in preparation of enforcement of the new code from the staff of the City Attorney’s Office. Officers will be assigned to enforcement of this new ordinance in the initial week and there after as deemed necessary. Motorists can expect officers to strictly enforce any violation of this ordinance.

• CITY COUNCIL. Approved a resolution supporting passage by the General Assembly of legislation to prevent exploitative payday lending practices in Virginia.

• TRAFFIC SIGNAL BATTERY BACK-UPS. The Division of Transportation have installed and tested battery back-up systems at two intersections in Norfolk — Virginia Beach Boulevard and Military Highway, and Brambleton Avenue and St. Paul’s Boulevard – and plans to install the back-up system at other key locations. The new system will keep traffic signals operational during power failures and during periods of power fluctuation. Ideally, the traffic signal will continue its regular cycle, although it may – for a variety of reasons, enter a flashing red/ flashing yellow cycle. The back-up system ensures the safe operation of signals for a minimum of 4 hours. The next location planned to be equipped with battery back-ups is:
Hampton Boulevard and Terminal Boulevard

• SCHOOL FLASHING BEACONS. In an effort to ensure safe crossing at school zones, DOT has upgraded school flashing lights at Granby High School. The new flashing lights horizontal instead of vertical in order to increase the surface area visible to drivers, Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are now being used because they are brighter when they flash, and the background of the school flashing beacons are now florescent yellow-green which makes it apparent to drivers that they are crossing a school zone.

• ARTS COMMISSION. The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the December performances in its free, open to the public, Arts Within Reach series. Dec. 4 (Tues.) 7 pm Arts Within Reach. Virginia Symphony Holiday Brass Quintet. Members of the symphony’s brass section—Stephen Carlson, trumpet; David Vonderheide, trumpet; Wilford Holcombe, horn; Timothy Owner, trombone; Peter DuBeau, tuba; John Lindberg, percussion—ring in the holidays with a unique, seasonal concert. Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue. 664-4321

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