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Parks and Recreation

215 Church Ave., S.W., Room 303
whitney.slightham@roanokeva.gov
540-853-5847

Friday, March 31, 2017


News Release


Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke could be the next recipient of a $20,000 park improvement grant, with your help. For the month of April, residents can nominate Roanoke every day between April 1 and April 30 at NRPA.org/BeInspired

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) will award one grant to the city with the most nominations for the third annual Meet Me at the Park competition. 

Roanoke Parks and Recreation is an award-winning and nationally accredited municipal agency that manages 60 parks, five greenways, and four plazas spanning more than 13,000 acres of park land, including Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, the second largest municipal park in the nation.

The department is also responsible for delivering more than 2,000 unique recreation activities, races, after school programs, and camps annually. Roanoke Parks and Recreation also organizes popular community events, including the Anthem GO Outside Festival, Kids to Parks Day, and July Fourth celebrations.

“Our main goal is to improve livability and to support our community by delivering beautiful parks and exceptional recreational opportunities,” said Michael Clark, director of the City of Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation. “If Roanoke is selected, the grant will help us invest in new community-based park improvement projects that enhance quality of life – with a focus on neighborhoods in Northwest and Southeast Roanoke.”

The NRPA will announce the winning community on May 18. 

For more information, please contact Whitney Slightham, Department of Parks and Recreation Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, at 540-853-5847 or whitney.slightham@roanokeva.gov. To learn more about Roanoke Parks and Recreation, please visit PlayRoanoke.com.


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