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Posted on: July 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Summer Blast brings fun and celebration to Tidewater Gardens

NORFOLK, VA – Join us as we honor this year’s high school graduates along with long term residents of Tidewater Gardens at the Summer Blast!

This festival starts at noon on Saturday, July 10 at 453 Walke Street for Tidewater Gardens residents. The media is invited to attend for welcoming remarks from City Councilwoman Danica Royster and to learn more about residents Jerline Norman and Mary Webb, who have lived in the neighborhood for more than 60 years. The community will also celebrate Tidewater Gardens’ newly graduated high school seniors.

Performances include Teens with a Purpose and the Beautiful Barbies.

The family-friendly event will also include free food and ice cream, balloon twisting, crafts, prizes and raffles. Additionally, residents of Tidewater Gardens will be able to connect with partners providing services in health and wellness, education, housing stabilization and economic mobility. Other services include summer camp enrollment and on-the-spot job interviews.

The City of Norfolk invests $3.5 million each year into People First, empowered by Urban Strategies, Inc. for a custom, comprehensive strategy to provide support and services to the residents of Tidewater Gardens, including one-to-one coaching for life, career and education success.

This effort is part of the City of Norfolk’s strategy with Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority to redevelop the Tidewater Gardens community. This project includes input collected from Tidewater Gardens residents at multiple community meetings. It is designed to provide modern housing in a mixed-use, mixed-income community, with new infrastructure and stormwater improvements to alleviate flooding and improve connections to the rest of the city.