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Wasena Neighborhood Forum


Neighborhood Organization:
Wasena Neighborhood Forum
Meeting Information:
1st Thursday of Feb, Apr, June, Oct, & Dec. at 7:00 p.m. at Wasena Elementary School, 1125 Sherwood Avenue SW
Main Contact:
James Settle, President
Mailing Address:
919 Winona Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
Phone Number:
(540) 819-7446
E-Mail Address:
Web Site:

The historic Wasena was one of Roanoke's early suburbs, and has maintained virtually the same character as when it was developed in the 1920s. Since its inception the neighborhood has been one of the most stable communities in the City. Wasena is located southwest of downtown and is bounded by the Roanoke River to the north and east, Greater Raleigh Court to the west, and Brandon Avenue to the south.

'Wasena' in a Native American language translates as "beautiful view." The neighborhood has an undulating terrain that provides great views of downtown
Roanoke, Old Southwest, and Mill Mountain. While it was termed a suburb when the land was first subdivided, it is now a traditional urban neighborhood that
combines the convenience of the City with an appropriate scale of development and good quality of life. It is only a 20-minute walk from downtown. It is centrally located, convenient to Grandin Village, downtown, Mill Mountain, and Towers Mall, and is home to one of the City's largest and most frequented parks.

Wasena has a solid core of long-term homeowners as well as a more transient population of renters. There is also an increasingly diverse mix of people of
different backgrounds and age groups. As home buyers search for houses with large front and back yards, Wasena is a hidden treasure that maintains a healthy balance of community, comfort, tradition, convenience, diversity and value.
  • Welcoming to all neighborhood residents, businesses, and property owners.
  • Seeks to improve the quality of life in the Wasena neighborhood.
  • Seeks to maintain the design and historic character of the existing community.
  • Seeks to maintain the existing housing.
  • Promotes the development of safe and wholesome recreational activities for neighborhood youth.
  • Ongoing neighborhood clean up projects.
  • Annual winter 'indoor' yard sale event held during February of each year
  • Volunteer opportunities available

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