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  • Annual Roanoke Kids to Parks Day Attendance Soars

    Annual Roanoke Kids to Parks Day Attendance Soars

    On May 20, 2017, Roanoke Parks and Recreation hosted a free, family-friendly Kids to Parks Day festival in Wasena Park. The three-hour festival attracted more than 1,000 people, compared to 500...

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  • New Turf Will Be Installed at River’s Edge Sports Complex South

    New Turf Will Be Installed at River’s Edge Sports Complex South

    Roanoke, VA – Two fields in River’s Edge Sports Complex South are currently undergoing major turf upgrades. As a result, fields #1 and #2, located at 302 Wiley Drive SW, are closed to the public...

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  • Elmwood Park Art Walk Receives Nine New Sculptures

    Elmwood Park Art Walk Receives Nine New Sculptures

    Over the past few weeks, Roanoke Parks and Recreation staff have helped artists install nine new sculptures in the Elmwood Park Art Walk. Selected by a local artist review panel and the Roanoke...

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  • Roanoke’s Grooviest Mountain Bike Race is Back!

    Roanoke’s Grooviest Mountain Bike Race is Back!

    This past Wednesday, more than 50 riders competed in Roanoke’s first race in the 2017 Wednesday Night Disco Mountain Bike Race Series. Set in Mill Mountain Park, the five-mile course winds up from...

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  • Showcase Your Art in Roanoke’s Summer Art in the Plaza Markets

    Showcase Your Art in Roanoke’s Summer Art in the Plaza Markets

    This summer, the City of Roanoke’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation will host three open-air art markets in downtown Roanoke. Created to celebrate local artists, Art in the Plaza, will take place in...

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  • Coming to a Park Near You: Free Yoga in the Park!

    Coming to a Park Near You: Free Yoga in the Park!

    In May and June, the City of Roanoke Dept. of Parks and Recreation will be offering four free yoga classes in different parks throughout the city. Held on Saturday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.,...

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  • 60 Bags of Trash and 20 Tires Removed During 2017 Roanoke River Cleanup

    60 Bags of Trash and 20 Tires Removed During 2017 Roanoke River Cleanup

    On April 18, 26 volunteers worked together to remove debris from a mile-long stretch of the Roanoke River between Vic Thomas Park and the low water bridge past Smith Park. The annual River Cleanup...

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  • Volunteers Collect 30 Tons of Trash and Tires in Roanoke for Clean Valley Day

    Volunteers Collect 30 Tons of Trash and Tires in Roanoke for Clean Valley Day

    On Saturday, April 1, 2017, hundreds of volunteers worked together to remove 28.52 tons of trash and 1.64 tons of tires from neighborhoods, parks, and greenways across the Roanoke Valley in...

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  • Fun activities for older adults in Roanoke (Ages 50+)

    Fun activities for older adults in Roanoke (Ages 50+)

    From weekly card game socials, art classes and local day trips to low-impact fitness classes and nature programs, the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation offers plenty of opportunities for older...

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  • USTA Selects Roanoke to Host Regional Tennis Tournament for First Time

    USTA Selects Roanoke to Host Regional Tennis Tournament for First Time

      Reston, Va. – The United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) has selected Roanoke, Va., to host the Mixed 18 & Over Virginia Regional League Championship June 2 – 4, 2017...

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  • Roanoke Mtn Bike Race Series Seeking Local Band for Three Paid Gigs in May

    Roanoke Mtn Bike Race Series Seeking Local Band for Three Paid Gigs in May

    Every year in May, mountain bikers from across the region congregate in Mill Mountain Park for the Wednesday Night Disco Mountain Bike Race Series. Racers and spectators alike can enjoy beautiful...

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  • Roanoke Competing for $20,000 Parks Grant, Needs Resident Support

    Roanoke Competing for $20,000 Parks Grant, Needs Resident Support

    Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke could be the next recipient of a $20,000 park improvement grant, with your help. For the month of April, residents can nominate Roanoke every day between April 1...

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  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation Launches New Website

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation Launches New Website

    The City of Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation recently updated their website, giving it a modern and user-friendly new look. To access the website’s full functionality, please make sure...

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  • Habitat for Humanity volunteers make a difference in Melrose Park

    Habitat for Humanity volunteers make a difference in Melrose Park

    On Thursday, March 23 at 8 a.m., a group of community members, volunteers and Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s park management team gathered in Melrose Park‘s shelter. Mayor Lea welcomed the group...

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  • Roanoke Pool Safety Guidelines

    Roanoke Pool Safety Guidelines

    Our goal at Roanoke Parks and Recreation is to ensure safety in all of our parks, plazas, greenways and trails. When visiting one of the city’s two outdoor public pools, please abide by the...

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  • Parks and Recreation Festival Has Huge Economic Impact in Roanoke

    Parks and Recreation Festival Has Huge Economic Impact in Roanoke

    Attendance surged this year at the annual Anthem GO Outside Festival (GO Fest): a free three-day festival that celebrates nature and outdoor recreation. This marks the sixth year that the City of...

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