St. Roch Playground
St. Roch Playground, 1936
St. Roch Playground, 1936
Battleship float, children's parade, World War I, St. Roch Playground, 1917
St. Roch Playground, 1947 - St. Roch's baseball team won the city
championship in 1947; Henry Beter of NORD presents trophy to
Coach Herb Retif.  Note the team's sponsor, Dr. Nut.
St. Roch Playground, located at St. Roch and Roman, is the third oldest playground in the city; it
opened in 1910.  In 2001, it was renamed the Harold Sampson, Jr. St. Roch Playground, in memory
of a long-time NORD coach.  The neighborhood surrounding the playground was originally called
Faubourg Franklin.  It started developing in 1830, when the Pontchartrain Railroad connected
Faubourg Marigny with Milneburg on the lakefront.  At that time St. Claude Avenue was named
"Good Children" and St. Roch Avenue was named "Washington Walk."