Jun 10

Roanoke Recap - June 11, 2021

Posted on June 10, 2021 at 2:44 PM by Melinda Mayo

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City to Conclude Re-Opening Facilities to the Public

Based upon the current vaccination rate for the adult population in Roanoke exceeding 50%, and current guidance from the CDC and Governor Northam, all City libraries and recreation centers will fully open on Tuesday, June 15. In addition, Wiley Drive will be fully re-opened to vehicular traffic on that date. Read more here

Roanoke Public Libraries Receive More Than 41,000 Books

Roanoke Public Libraries recently received a substantial donation of children's books from the Soho Center. Soho's READ and READY! donation comprises a total of 41,778 books valued at $538,000. This donation to the Roanoke Public Libraries is Soho's largest donation to a single public library. More details can be found here

Parks and Recreation Re-opens City Pools

After a one-year hiatus, the pools at Washington Park and Fallon Park opened on June 4. Re-opening these pools was made possible thanks to a fundraiser started by Roanoke Attorney John Fishwick. Upon hearing the pools weren’t going to open in 2020, he and community partners—including Fishwick and Associates, American National Bank, Vistar Eye Center, and Carilion—raised $53,000 for the cause. Watch a video of the re-opening ceremony here. For daily hours of operation and pool rates, please visit the Parks and Recreation website and look under the "Parks and Facilities" tab.



May 20

Roanoke Recap – May 21, 2021

Posted on May 20, 2021 at 4:28 PM by Melinda Mayo

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Roanoke Recognizes National Public Works Week

On May 17, Roanoke City Council adopted a proclamation recognizing May 16–22, 2021, as Public Works Week in the City of Roanoke, applauding the dedicated efforts of our public works professionals in the Solid Waste Management, Stormwater, Facilities Management, and Transportation divisions, and in the General Services and Parks and Recreation departments. To find out more, click here

Parks and Recreation Department Announces Upcoming Project

In June 2021, Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department will begin work on the conversion of the tennis courts in Washington Park to create basketball courts. This project is being done as part of the Washington Park Master Plan approved in 2008, which calls for the adaptive reuse of under-utilized tennis courts. Read more here


Gun Violence Prevention Commission Makes Mini-Grants Available

The Gun Violence Prevention Commission has made available $65,000 to local non-profit and faith-based organizations for activities designed for prevention and intervention of gun violence in our community. The commission is primarily interested in programs that work with youth and young adults, and are collaborative in nature. These funds will be distributed in grants ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 for activities to be completed by Aug. 31, 2021. Applications will be considered at a special meeting of the Commission on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 5:45 p.m. See these links for more information: Mini-Grant Announcement; Special Meeting Announcement.

Council to Hold Public Hearing on Recommended FY2022 Budget, Proposed Real Property Tax

Roanoke City Council will hold a public hearing on the Recommended FY2022 Budget and the Proposed Real Property Tax on Monday, May 24, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Council Chamber. The General Fund budget includes revenues and expenditures totaling $307,630,000, addressing seven priorities established by City Council: Education, Community Safety, Human Services, Infrastructure, Livability, Good Government, and Economy. Learn more here



May 07

Roanoke Recap – May 7, 2021

Posted on May 7, 2021 at 10:15 AM by Melinda Mayo

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Roanoke Conducts Website Survey

We Need Your Input!  The City of Roanoke is in the process of redesigning its website to make it more user-friendly and efficient. To help us understand how Roanoke’s community members currently use the website and what features are desired, a short online survey will be conducted starting May 3, 2021, and ending on May 17, 2021.  To participate in the survey, click on this link.  Survey results must be submitted by May 17, at 5 p.m.

City to Celebrate 'Kids to Parks Day' May 15

This year, Roanoke Parks and Recreation will celebrate National "Kids to Parks Day" with a scavenger hunt like no other! This hunt can be completed in any City of Roanoke playground on Saturday, May 15, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Not only will this have kids getting active, learning about their parks, and expressing their creativity, they’ll also have a chance to win some prizes! More information can be found at this link or on the PlayRoanoke website.

City Invests in Future and Saves $0.539 million

On April 27, 2021, the City of Roanoke successfully sold $64.165 million in General Obligation and Refunding Bonds, of which $22.05 million was for new capital projects, $33.24 million was to take out an existing bond anticipation note, and $8.875 million was to refund existing debt to realize savings associated with lower interest rates.  The cost of borrowing the funds was approximately 1.6%, which is a historically low interest rate. By refunding existing debt, the City will reduce its annual debt service thereby saving $539,000 over the life of the debt. More information is available here

Roanoke Recognized as 2021 Bright Spot Community 

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced last week it has named Roanoke, Virginia and its Star City Reads initiative a 2021 Bright Spot Community for its responses to the COVID-19 crisis last year. Specifically, CLGR is highlighting communities that developed exemplary or innovative responses to the COVID crisis. In particular, the Campaign is recognizing communities like Roanoke for crafting solutions that seem especially effective, replication-worthy and/or deserving of being sustained during the post-COVID period. Read more here.





Roanoke Recognized as 2021 Bright Spot Community

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced last week it has named Roanoke, Virginia and its Star City Reads initiative a 2021 Bright Spot Community for its responses to the COVID-19 crisis last year. Specifically, CLGR is highlighting communities that developed exemplary or innovative responses to the COVID crisis. In particular, the Campaign is recognizing communities like Roanoke for crafting solutions that seem especially effective, replication-worthy and/or deserving of being sustained during the post-COVID period. Read more here.

Roanoke Recognized as 2021 Bright Spot Community

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced last week it has named Roanoke, Virginia and its Star City Reads initiative a 2021 Bright Spot Community for its responses to the COVID-19 crisis last year. Specifically, CLGR is highlighting communities that developed exemplary or innovative responses to the COVID crisis. In particular, the Campaign is recognizing communities like Roanoke for crafting solutions that seem especially effective, replication-worthy and/or deserving of being sustained during the post-COVID period. Read more here.