Willard Hay

Location and General Characteristics


Willard Hay is located in the northwest part of the city. The neighborhood is south of West Broadway Avenue and stretches from Penn Avenue to Xerxes Avenue. It gets its name from two elementary schools within its borders: Francis Willard and John Hay. The former was named after an American educator, author and reformer born in 1859, and the latter was named after an American diplomat and author born in 1839. A mainly residential area, the neighborhood includes Willard-Homewood, one of the city's first planned developments, built during the first quarter of the 20 th century and located south of Plymouth Avenue.

This community garden on Oak Park Avenue North in the Willard-Homewood subdivision was created in 1996. In the community garden is a children's vegetable garden. "This year we have tons of tomatoes and cabbage... and lots of weeds. But the butterflies and the hummingbirds don't seem to mind. Neither do the children," reports Beverly Roberts, the master gardener.

Last updated Sep. 27, 2011