Ballentine Park with School in Background
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) funded and provided labor for an improvement and beautification program in Norfolk’s Ballentine Park in 1937.
The WPA allocated $12, 836 for the project with the city adding an additional $4,884. “The project call[ed] for the extension of drains, building of a culvert, excavation for a lake, the grading and building of walkways and the planting of shrubs and trees.”
The efforts of WPA work crews resulted in a beautiful park that shared property with the old Ballentine School. In recent years, the vacant school building was demolished and replaced by new townhouses and lofts. Nonetheless, the park “has remained a centerpiece of the neighborhood, visually as well as socially.”
“Beautification Program for Norfolk Parks,” Parks & Recreation. July 1937.
“Ballentine Place Historic District,” Living Places: U.S. Neighborhoods, Towns, Counties and Homes. https://www.livingplaces.com/VA/Independent_Cities/Norfolk_City/Ballentine_Place_Historic_District.html
Project originally submitted by Gray Brechin on March 18, 2022.
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