City Seeking Public Input for Future of Parks and Recreation

March 1, 2018 Stephanie Long

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation is creating a new Master Plan. As part of the process, the department is inviting feedback from citizens on what they feel would benefit the city in relation to parks, indoor and outdoor facilities, pools, programs, etc. 

This important process helps the department shape the future of our city. Every five years, the department develops this plan to map out the future of parks and recreation in the city. That’s how projects such as the Elmwood Park renovations, the new playground at Countryside Park, and our expansive greenway system came to be.

“Engaging the community in the development and ongoing improvement of our parks system is the most critical component of our master planning process,” Michael Clark, Director of Parks and Recreation, said. “Once we know what services and amenities our community values, we can begin making strides to bring those to the city.”

How do I give feedback?

Community Meetings

PLAY Roanoke will be hosting four community meetings to gather citizen feedback. These hour-long meetings will be held at the following times:

  • Monday, March 5, at 6 p.m. at Preston Recreation Center
  • Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Jackson Park Library
  • Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. at Eureka Recreation Center
  • Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Grandin CoLabSoccer in Roanoke

For those who cannot attend in person, the department will also broadcast the meetings live on PLAY Roanoke’s Facebook page.

Social Media

PLAY Roanoke will gather community input via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. With all feedback, Please include the hashtag #Plan2Play to help the staff track input more easily.

Email

You can email PLAYRoanoke@RoanokeVA.gov with input and ideas.

Website

Visit www.PLAYRoanoke.com/MasterPlan to submit feedback through an online form.

What happens NEXT?

Once feedback has been collected, PLAY Roanoke and Pros Consulting will consolidate all of the data to create a survey. Once created, the survey will be made available to the public and open for one month. Stay tuned to PLAY Roanoke’s social media sites and monthly newsletter for updates on the survey’s release date.

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For additional information, visit www.PLAYRoanoke.com/MasterPlan or call 540-853-2236.

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