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ROANOKE, VA - The Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission is hosting an open house on Thursday, April 19, 4:00-7:00 pm, at the Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for citizens to review and comment on the draft regional greenway plan and maps, including the Tinker Creek Greenway Concept Plan.The greenway plan was last updated in 2007. Since 2007, over 200 miles of greenways and trails have been added to the network and Botetourt County has joined the Greenway Commission.“In the 2007 Greenway Plan, Roanoke River Greenway was designated the #1 priority. At the 2017 public input meetings, we heard strong support for finishing Roanoke River Greenway. We also heard a demand for more connectivity, so that users can get from one greenway to another. This connectivity can be accomplished by finishing the priority greenways and providing on-road pedestrian and bicycle connections to fill gaps between routes,” said Liz Belcher, the Greenway Coordinator. “Greenways are important to our quality of life, our economic development, and the social fabric of our communities.”The Greenway Commission includes the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Town of Vinton, and Counties of Roanoke and Botetourt. The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is assisting with this update.The draft plan and maps will be posted by April 13 at www.greenways.org.All media inquiries should be sent to Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission at 540-777-6330.