Some might say that our neighborhood has really gone to the dogs, and that’d be true…sort of.
If you’re a dog, there’s no better place to be than Colonial Place and Riverview, as we’re one of a handful of neighborhoods in Hampton Roads with its very own dog park! Canines of every name and nature are invited to participate, but all visitors are required to play nicely, share their toys, and have had all their shots, and remain leashed until entering the enclosed dog park area.
Teddy says that our dog park has given her a new leash on life!
Come play with us!
Location: on Delaware Avenue between Llewellyn Avenue and the Colonial Avenue traffic circle.
Have a hankering for home-grown tomatoes, cukes, and squash?
If a veggie patch isn’t possible in your own yard, rent a plot at the award-winning Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden, which is managed by the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League and is located at the end of Mayflower Road between Georgia and Michigan Avenues, behind Fellini’s.
The Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden Chairperson is Nora Chivers
KMC Community Garden Wins City of Norfolk’s “COOL” Award (June 2010)
Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden was voted one of the top five citizen-directed neighborhood improvement projects in Norfolk, earning the city’s COOL Award.
COOL, which stands for Civic Opportunity and Outstanding Leadership, is a recognition program established by Norfolk’s Bureau of Community Outreach that honors grassroots projects started by residents to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
Selected with input from community and agency stakeholders, the Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden won the award because of its conversion and ongoing maintenance of a once-vacant, trash-filled lot in Colonial Place into public green space and communal and personal garden plots. The KMC Community Garden celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with new leadership, an influx of enthusiastic new membership, and an exciting rainwater abatement project being installed in conjunction with the Norfolk Master Gardeners.
Sharing grassroots efforts with other neighbors as a way to ignite a spark for projects in other neighborhoods is the basis for the COOL award, said Marty Raiss, program administrator with Community Outreach for the City of Norfolk.
The COOL award is presented based on the following criteria: residents working together as volunteers to improve the community; encouraging individual and community responsibility for the neighborhood; an increased awareness of the importance of enhancing the quality of life in Norfolk through neighborhood programs, events or projects; and the promotion of neighborhood unity and significant impact on neighborhood communication, interaction and cooperation.
Other citizen-led projects to receive COOL honors include Fairmount Park Civic League’s beautification committee and neighborhood watch program; the Ballentine Bark Park, a dog park initiated by residents of the Ballentine Park neighborhood; the Lafayette Wetlands Partnership, a citizen-based group with the mission of preserving an urban wetland along the Lafayette River; and Art/Everywhere, in which empty storefront windows along Granby Street were filled with various art media including sculpture, paintings and photography. Congratulations to KMC gardeners and supporters for this well-deserved recognition of their efforts and dedication.
One May 6, 2000, the Knitting Mill Creek Community Garden was officially dedicated. Mayor Paul Fraim and Senator Yvonne Miller joined Becky Kiser, the motivating force behind this project, to plant two fruit trees near the entrance to the garden, which is located in the Mayflower Road paper street behind Fellini’s on Colley Avenue.