Clean the Bay Day at Northside Park

May 11, 2014

northsideIn partnership with the Oakdale Farms/Denby Park Civic League

Who:  Everyone – all ages welcome
When:  Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time:  9:00 a.m.–Noon
Where: Northside Park – 8401 Tidewater Dr, Norfolk
We will meet at Picnic Shelter #2 near the parking lot
Things to bring: bug spray, and sunscreen

We will provide the bags, gloves and other items

After Party will be at Noon at the #2 Picnic Shelter

We will be having Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips and Drinks and a Cake to celebrate.

Parent Permission forms, Video/Picture Release forms & Certificates of Participation will be provided

Call 404-8072 or by e-mail for more information.

PDF Flyer


Oakdale Farms / Denby Park Civic League: “Take out the Trash”

May 10, 2014

The following is the text of a Flyer from Oakdale Farms / Denby Park Civic League:

Join the Oakdale Farms / Denby Park Civic League to “Take out the Trash”

The week of May 26 to May 30, the city of NORFOLK is inviting you to “TAKE THE TRASH OUT”

What this means is: that stack of newspapers piling up in the corner of the house, or that stack of broken wood in the garage, or even that broken couch that you need to get rid, well now you can! Your civic league has made it possible for you to get rid of it all. Now is your chance. All you have to do is start putting your stuff on the curb on Monday May 26th.  All debris will be removed on our normal trash day, May 30th.  

-Please keep the city employees safe and do not put trash under overhead wires-

*No need to call for a special pick up**   Please recycle

**No penalty for having your trash on the curb before Thursday**

Take this opportunity to clean up your neighborhood

call 871-3782 for assistance or to volunteer  

Cottage Road Park splits from Oakdale Farms/Denby Park Civic League

September 20, 2012
Boundaries of Cottage Road Park

Boundaries of Cottage Road Park Civic League

For years Oakdale Farms, Denby Park, and Cottage Row Park have shared a civic league aptly titled “Oakdale Farms/Denby Park/Cottage Row Park Civic League” accordingly to the city.  It appears that a recent disagreement between the combined civic league and residents in the Cottage Road Park area about a proposed rezoning has resulted in a new civic league – Cottage Road Park Civic League.

The disagreement was over the proposed rezoning of 7482 Wellington Road which is to the rear of the old Speedy Gonzalez on Tidewater Drive.  The proposal was from Cook-Out Restaurant, a North Carolina BBQ chain that would have combined the Speedy Gonzalez property with 7482 Wellington Road.  Cook-Out was proposing a 24 hour double drive-thru store.

The Oakdale Farms/Denby Park/Cottage Row Park Civic League voted in favor of the Cook-Out rezoning but residents on and around Wellington Road objected.  The objections resulted in Cook-Out withdrawing their application for the rezoning and probably looking for a location elsewhere in the city.

Cottage Road Park Civic League’s website states:

Why a Civic League of Our Own?

Last month, the Oakdale Farms/Denby Park/Cottage Row Park Civic League, which had claimed our neighborhood, voted to support the developers of a 24-hour fast food restaurant that would have rezoned residential property on Wellington Road against the voiced opposition of residents. This action would have turned one side of Wellington into the back ends of businesses on Tidewater drive, and also brought unwanted noise, and traffic 24 hours a day. A two-day effort by representatives of our neighborhood garnered enough opposition that the developers withdrew their rezoning request before it could be voted on. During that effort, there was an almost unanimous interest in forming our own civic league to protect against future threats.

The new civic league meets at 7 PM on the first Monday of each month at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 110 Building, 520 Naval Base Road, Norfolk, Virginia 23505.  Their first meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2012.

Another murder in Denby Park / Oakdale Farms

April 23, 2009

The Virginian-Pilot reports:

A man was shot and killed this morning at an apartment complex on East Little Creek Road.

The shooting was reported at 2:52 a.m. in the 400 block of E. Little Creek, said Karen Parker-Chesson, a spokeswoman for the police department.

She said the man was found inside an apartment building at the address, but she didn’t know any other details.

The man, described by Parker-Chesson as unidentified, was pronounced dead at 3 a.m.

No arrests have been made, she said.

The Pilot’s article:  Man shot, killed on E. Little Creek Road in Norfolk

Denby Park, Monticello Village, Oakdale Farms Special District programs generate tremendous community interest

February 8, 2009

The following article appeared in the Compass section of the Sunday edition of the Virginian-Pilot




  By Lia Russell


   The Virginian-Pilot

  Lia Russell, 222-5829,

     More than 130 people – nearly double the expected number – attended a recent Wards Corner Residential Renovation and Remodeling Services meeting at the Workforce Development Center.


   The program, sponsored by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, offers qualifying homeowners in Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village loans and grants to make interior and exterior home improvements.


   In September, city officials, working with NRHA, approved a plan that offers $1 million in revitalization assistance for more than 1,200 residential properties in the three neighborhoods.


   “The city has indicated that it will consider additional funding in the next fiscal year,” Judy Haller, NRHA director of residential rehabilitation, said. “Interest like this from homeowners hopefully will help to generate more   funds.”


   Information was mailed to property owners last fall and the effort garnered 80 phone calls and 25 applications that have been pre-qualified, Haller said.


   The recent meeting, on Jan. 29, was the first public meeting on the program held by NRHA with homeowners.        “In my 30 years in the rehabilitation department, this turnout was a first for me,” said Haller, impressed with the amount of interest.


   “There’s just a different feel among this group. There’s not a lot of apprehension. These people really want to improve their neighborhoods.”


   Greg and Teresa Fortner, who have lived in their circa 1942 Oakdale Farms home for seven years, attended. They hope to get assistance to replace their roof and antiquated heating system and repair their chimney – critical improvements they say they can’t afford to make otherwise.


   “It’s nice to see that the city is finally looking at the central part of Norfolk – not just at Ocean View and downtown,” said Greg Fortner, who works at the Norfolk Navy Exchange.


   Property owners may apply for one of three types of improvements – structural, aesthetic or home expansion.


   To qualify, applicants must be up-to-date on property taxes, mortgage payments and   homeowners’ insurance and meet specific income criteria.


   Andrea Sutton, a single mother who purchased her 1940s Monticello Village home in September, is familar with NRHA programs.


   “I received a $30,000 grant through NRHA’s HomeNet program,” Sutton said. “I never thought I’d be able to own a home.”


   Now Sutton, a Chesapeake parole officer, hopes to qualify for a “Home Appeal” grant   to spruce up the exterior of her residence.


   “NRHA is really great to work with,” Sutton said. “But my advice to anyone interested in these programs is ‘have patience.’ The process takes time.”


   With only a 10-member staff to process applications, oversee construction and coordinate financing, Haller concurs.


   “With the amount of interest we’re seeing, we won’t be able to zip through the process,” she said.


   “But we’re going to do our best to get things done in a timely manner. ”

NRHA residential and remodeling services meeting scheduled for Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village residents

January 8, 2009

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority has scheduled a Renovation and Remodeling Services Meeting for Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village residents at the Norfolk Workforce Development Center, 201 E. Little Creek Road on Thursday, January 29th at 6:00 p.m. Several loan and grant programs will be discussed. One program will provide up to $35,000 for improvements to your home. Attached NRHA Available Programs for Denby Park, Oakdale Farms and Monticello Village  wards_corner_double_flyer5



Denby Park, Oakdale Farms, Monticello Village – Request for Programs

October 9, 2008

NRHA will be mailing a “Request for Programs” to residents in the Denby Park, Oakdale Farms, and Monticello Village neighborhoods.  Residents who are interested in the programs that are now available to the Special Services District are asked to review the document and indicate which program they are interested in and return the request to Joni Stahl by mail, fax, or email.

Joni Stahl
Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
201 Granby Street, 9th Floor
Norfolk, VA  23510.

Fax: 314-1302

Here is the “Request for Programs” (PDF).

Neighborhood Watch meeting tonight

September 23, 2008

The Denby Park, Oakdale Farms & Monticello Village Neighborhood Watch is holding a meeting, tonight, September 23, 2008 at the Workforce Development Center at 6:30.

Tonight will be about gangs and their colors and signs. There should be a gang officer there to present a short film and take any questions.

Neighborhood Watch Program meeting

August 3, 2008

The first meeting of the Greater Wards Corner Area Neighborhood Watch Program will be August 8th at 6:30 pm in the Workforce Development Center.

The main focus of this meeting is to formalize the crime watch program in the Denby Park, Oakdale Farms, and Monticello Village neighborhoods.

Updates and meeting minutes will be posted on

Rabid Fox killed in Oakdale Farms

July 3, 2008

The Virginian-Pilot reported that for the second time in less than two weeks a rabid fox was killed by police.

The animal was killed on Andrew Lane, near the Tidewater Drive and Little Creek Road intersection. Police said the animal charged an officer before it was shot. 


On June 21st a a fox was killed in the backyard of a home in the 400 block of W. Ocean View Avenue.

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