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Apr 05

Roanoke Recap – April 5

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 12:44 PM by Melinda Mayo

Published twice a month, Roanoke Recap is a blog to keep citizens informed about recent city news, events, and announcements. If you are reading this blog for the first time and wish to receive an email notification when a new blog is posted, please contact the Office of Communications at communications@roanokeva.gov.

River's Edge South Now a Designated Park Facility
This week, City Council voted to amend the City Code to include River’s Edge Sports Complex South as a “designated park facility” where alcoholic beverages may be possessed and consumed. In 2010, Council included River's Edge Sports Complex North on the list of approved locations for the sale, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. This amendment adds the adjacent River's Edge Sports Complex South to the list, allowing special events such as the GO Outside Festival to utilize both properties in the same manner. Read the Council Report and Ordinance here. Click this link to learn more about the River's Edge Sports Complex.

Citizen Survey Results Are In
The City of Roanoke released the results of its 2019 Citizen Survey on Monday, April 1. Overall findings indicate that residents are satisfied with the services the city provides and the overall quality of life available in Roanoke. The city hired an outside vendor, Issues & Answers Network, Inc., to conduct the survey. You may view the Executive Summary
 and the Presentation to City Council online.

More Public Art Projects on the Horizon
Arts and Culture Coordinator Susan Jennings recently announced that in 2019, the city will collaborate with Hollins University for the Art By Bus program and a Hollins student will be selected for the Writer By Bus component. The city’s art collection will add two regional works purchased at the Roanoke College Biennial Exhibition, and the Art in Roanoke (AIR) program will add new temporary sculptures on the Elmwood Park Artwalk. The city also will add pieces at the new Melrose Library before its grand opening. Activities associated with Art By Bus and Writer By Bus
, and AIR exhibits are posted online. Roanoke's Public Art activities are funded by the Percent for Art Program, which allots one percent of certain items in the city's Capital Improvement Budget for the purchase of public art.