Roanoke Parks and Recreation Blog

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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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  • Nominate Roanoke to Receive a $20K Grant during Earth Month

    Nominate Roanoke to Receive a $20K Grant during Earth Month

    For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company—including Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN—to help fund local...

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  • Parks and Recreation, Roanoke Skatepark Initiative Seek Public Input

    Parks and Recreation, Roanoke Skatepark Initiative Seek Public Input

    Roanoke, VA – As part of the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan process, the Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Roanoke Skatepark Initiative (RSI) to conduct a feasibility...

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  • City Seeking Public Input for Future of Parks and Recreation

    City Seeking Public Input for Future of Parks and Recreation

    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,...

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  • Urban Forestry Team Transplants 31 Young Trees

    Urban Forestry Team Transplants 31 Young Trees

    This past December, Carilion offered Roanoke Parks and Recreation the opportunity to save 31 Sweet Bay Magnolia trees ahead of a construction job on their property at Carilion Riverside. Requests...

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  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation to Offer Free Volunteer Tree Steward Training

    Roanoke Parks and Recreation to Offer Free Volunteer Tree Steward Training

    Each year, Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry division trains volunteer Tree Stewards who are interested in protecting the environment and giving back to the community. Tree Stewards...

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  • New Public Chalk Wall Opens in Century Plaza

    New Public Chalk Wall Opens in Century Plaza

    Earlier today, Mayor Lea, the Roanoke Arts Commission, and members of the local arts community gathered in Century Plaza to unveil a new piece of public art: a chalk wall. Located at 14 Church...

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