Roanoke Parks and Recreation Blog

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  • Top Ways to Get Out this Winter

    Top Ways to Get Out this Winter

    The winter blues are all too real. Daylight is scarce after 5 p.m., and being outdoors now requires a lot of layers and even more motivation. It’s easier to just stay inside and binge watch the...

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  • OAC Blog: Island Ford Cave – Dec. 2018

    OAC Blog: Island Ford Cave – Dec. 2018

    “Be safe and have fun.” That’s Little, Tamiya’s, advice for going on an underground adventure like the one the OAC took to Island Ford Cave in December.   Since caves aren’t usually effected by...

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  • OAC Blog: Hanging Rock – NOV. 2018

    OAC Blog: Hanging Rock – NOV. 2018

    “I was scared.” “Did you get pretty far up?” “Yeah.” “Are you proud of yourself for trying?” “Yeah.” “I’m proud of you, too.” Jakiyah, 11, talks with OAC leader, Susan, about making big moves this...

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  • Trees Given New Life—Inside the City’s Urban Tree Renewal Program

    Trees Given New Life—Inside the City’s Urban Tree Renewal Program

    “We never want to remove a tree unless it’s absolutely necessary. But if we do remove one, our goal is to salvage as much wood as we can,” Bill West, Roanoke Parks and Recreation Urban Forester,...

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  • OAC Blog: Mill Mountain – Oct. 2018

    OAC Blog: Mill Mountain – Oct. 2018

      The Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) went on their first outing on Saturday Oct. 27th. The day’s events centered around a hike to the top of Mill Mountain where they toured the Discovery Center,...

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  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation Receives Commendation from the Garden Club of America

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation Receives Commendation from the Garden Club of America

    Roanoke, VA – The Garden Club of America (GCA) awarded the Zone Civic Improvement Commendation Award to the City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department for its ongoing partnership and support...

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  • Park and Greenway Closures due to Flooding

    Park and Greenway Closures due to Flooding

    UPDATE AS OF 10/16/18: Carvins Cove upper trails are now accessible. The lower trails are still a little muddy and could use a few more days of sun. River’s Edge South Fields are open. Mill...

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  • City of Roanoke Earns National Re-Accreditation

    City of Roanoke Earns National Re-Accreditation

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation has maintained its ranking with elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning re-accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and...

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  • Wiley Drive Bridge Temporarily Closed to Vehicular Traffic

    Wiley Drive Bridge Temporarily Closed to Vehicular Traffic

    The City of Roanoke wants citizens to know that the heavy rainfall over the past weekend has created additional damage to the upper low-water bridge on Wiley Drive. The bridge is closed to...

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  • Multiple Trails Closed at Carvins Cove for Local Races

    Multiple Trails Closed at Carvins Cove for Local Races

    As cooler temperatures creep into the forecast, race directors are taking advantage of the hospitable weather and giving folks plenty of opportunities to recreate in the next few weeks! Carvins...

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  • Connect to Roanoke Parks and Recreation with HAPPiFEET

    Connect to Roanoke Parks and Recreation with HAPPiFEET

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation is committed to bringing you the best service and facilities possible, and with your help, we can continue to do that. That’s why we’ve joined HAPPiFEET! Simply...

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  • Outdoor Mentors Needed for New Outdoor Adventure Club

    Outdoor Mentors Needed for New Outdoor Adventure Club

    If you or someone you know has a love of the outdoors, we need your help! Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia (BBBS) is currently looking for “bigs” to volunteer as mentors for the new...

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  • U.S. Navy Band Tour Once Again Selects Roanoke

    U.S. Navy Band Tour Once Again Selects Roanoke

    For the second year in a row, the U.S. Navy Band, Country Current, is performing a free concert in Elmwood Park. Roanoke is one of nine cities in four states to host a performance during the...

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  • The Ins and Outs of the New Pump Track at Wasena Park

    The Ins and Outs of the New Pump Track at Wasena Park

    After its unofficial opening on July 18, the new pump track at Wasena Park is seeing a lot of activity. Young and old, skateboarders and cyclists, residents have wasted no time in putting this new...

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  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation & Roanoke Outside Foundation Awarded Grants for New Outdoor Adventure Club

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation & Roanoke Outside Foundation Awarded Grants for New Outdoor Adventure Club

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation and Roanoke Outside Foundation have been awarded $5,000 and $8,000 in grant funds from Keen and The North Face respectively to launch the new Outdoor Adventure Club...

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  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation Participates in USDA Food Service Program

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race,...

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  • Tennis Courts Renamed for Local Legend

    Tennis Courts Renamed for Local Legend

    On May 30, 2018, the tennis courts at the River’s Edge Sports Complex were officially named the Carnis Poindexter Tennis Courts in honor of the local tennis legend and Roanoke native. History...

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  • Keeping the Trail Magic Alive—Pointers from an AT Thru-Hiker

    Keeping the Trail Magic Alive—Pointers from an AT Thru-Hiker

    By: Abe McKinney, Outdoor Section Intern People often dream about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT), but few understand the mental and physical toll the 2,180-plus mile hike takes. There’s...

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  • Saving the Sycamore—a Collaborative Effort to Save a Beloved Tree

    Saving the Sycamore—a Collaborative Effort to Save a Beloved Tree

    If one were to make a list of Roanoke’s best attributes, its beautiful trees are sure to be on there. They give us shade in our parks and provide a rural setting in an urban environment. When...

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  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation Awarded 2018 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation Awarded 2018 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

    On Thursday, April 5, the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Honorable Mention for the implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. The...

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