Mary W. Jackson Neighborhood Center


City of Hampton
Peninsula Community Foundation


Hampton, Virginia


12,500 square feet

Completion Date



The heart of Olde Hampton will beat again with construction of the new Mary W. Jackson Neighborhood Center. The City of Hampton has earmarked $4 million for the project, and preliminary plans have been approved by the City and the Peninsula Community Foundation and a citizen steering committee. Final designs by Work Program Architects are expected by June, with construction beginning in September and completion in 2021.The new 12,500-square-foot building will include multi-purpose and meeting spaces, a catering kitchen, an indoor basketball court, activity rooms for classes, a small fitness center and a front porch. The program not only accommodates youth, but will also cater to a growing aging population. To conserve costs, an industrial metal building system will be used for the primary structure. It will be contemporary, fresh and exciting. At a later date, Hampton’s Parks & Recreation Department will complete an exterior program to include a soccer field, basketball court, tennis courts and playground. There also will be space for a future community garden.

The center replaces one demolished in 2015 because of its severe state of deterioration. The anticipated replacement was re-christened the Mary Jackson Neighborhood Center in 2018. Mary W. Jackson, the first African-American engineer and mathematician to work at NASA, was a product of the neighborhood and was active with youth there, creating a science club to engage them.

The community center project resets community expectations and creates a new vision for Olde Hampton.

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