Nov 30

Roanoke Recap November 30, 2022

Posted on November 30, 2022 at 1:24 PM by Carol Corbin

Restoration of historic neighborhood entrance earns Kegley Preservation Award

This spring a concerned resident brought to the city’s attention damage to the NW Rugby Pillars. Price Francisco built these pillars for the Rugby Land Co. in 1916, which served as the gate way to the Rugby-Melrose Neighborhood. Over a 100 years later theses pillars are still cherished by residents.

The City of Roanoke was able to obtain the services of Kelly Francisco Stone Masonry to make the repairs to the damaged stone wall. Kelly is the great grandchild of the original creator and is 4th generation of stone mason’s in the Francisco family.

historical restoration award

This fall, the City of Roanoke and the Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum won the Kegley Preservation Award for the historic restoration of this historic neighborhood entrance by the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation.

Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Holds Public Hearing on December 1st

eeab meetingThe Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 6:30 PM at the Melrose Library.

A goal identified in the city’s 2040 plan is to ensure equity in our policies as they relate to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, and any other characteristic upon which people are discriminated against, oppressed, or disadvantaged. 

Interwoven equity is the idea that decision making and policy making are based on principles of equity and are examined for bias and potential unintended consequences for any specific group of people. 

The number one priority identified to achieve the goals and vision of the 2040 plan is trust.

Help us create a more equitable Roanoke! Because the policies we create today are a path to a better tomorrow.

Annual Public Works Snow Training Day 

The City of Roanoke Stormwater division recently participated in the Annual Public Works Snow Training Day to prepare for the upcoming snow season. Training was provided for experienced operators and new employees. Videos of the driving courses will be coming soon! ??

stormwater snow season training

Fire Prevention Art Contest Banquet 

Roanoke Fire/EMS hosted the 17th Annual Fire Prevention Art Contest banquet. This banquet celebrates the wonderful artwork and the kids who created it.

art contest

Virginia Department of Corrections Holds Conference in City of Roanoke

Chief Roman was honored to welcome the Virginia Department of Corrections 2022 Statewide Dialogue Practitioner Development Program Conference to Roanoke on November 29th. Virginia DOC personnel from across the Commonwealth are at the Hotel Roanoke for the three-day conference.

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Travel by Train

amtrak getawayThe City of Roanoke makes the list for 5 train trips for car-free weekends on! Check out more on the revival of passenger rail and how it is spurring more weekend getaways at:


Nov 16

Roanoke Recap November 16, 2022

Posted on November 16, 2022 at 12:05 PM by Carol Corbin

Downtown Ambassadors October Recap

The eight-person Ambassador Team is downtown six days a week expanding and improving the downtown experience for residents, employees, and visitors. Here are some things the team has been up to in October. 

downtown ambassadors oct

Bagged Leaf Collection 2022 

The 2022 Bagged Leaf Collection dates have been announced. Remember only biodegradable paper bags will be collected (no leaves in plastic bags). As an alternative to leaf collection leaves can be mulch mowed or composted. 

leaf collection

City of Roanoke Named Top-10 Digital City 2022 

On November 10, 2022, the Center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2022 Digital Cities Survey, recognizing cities utilizing technology to strengthen cybersecurity, enhance transparency and digital equity, plan for the future of work, and more.

The City of Roanoke placed 7th in the 75,000-124,999 population category and has been recognized as a top 10 Digital City for more than 20 years!

PLAY Roanoke After School Program Hosts Special Guests at Eureka Park Recreation Center 

Students with Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s P.L.A.Y. After School Program recently enjoyed two visits with college athletic teams while in town for the 2022 CIAA Conference Championships. Representatives with the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) along with student athletes visited the after-school program to meet with the students and participate in games and enrichment activities.


Cross Country athletes from Livingstone College, Elizabeth City State University, Virginia Union University, and Shaw University visited the students in October. The teams provided homework help, played games in the gym, and got to speak with the students about their experiences in collegiate athletics. During a second visit in November, the after-school students were joined by volleyball teams from Shaw University, Elizabeth City State University, Winston-Salem State University, and Fayetteville State University. The teams played games with the kids in the gym, played board games, and spent time talking with them.

Nov 02

Roanoke Recap November 2, 2022

Posted on November 2, 2022 at 1:22 PM by Carol Corbin

Southeast Roanoke Fall Cleanup Event

On Saturday, October 29th, the City of Roanoke’s Solid Waste Management crews collected almost 22 TONS of trash, brush, and bulk items such as broken/old furniture, mattresses, tree limbs, boxes, and scrap tires. Thank you to all the residents who participated in the Southeast Roanoke Fall Cleanup Event, and a huge shout out to our crews with Solid Waste Management for their hard work and making events like these both possible and successful!

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Goodwill Announces Development of a New Center in Northwest to Include Grocery Store

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys had a big announcement on November 1st, unveiling plans in partnership with the City of Roanoke, public and non-profit partners, and community stakeholders to develop a new center in Northwest Roanoke. The center, which will be named Melrose Plaza, will feature a grocery store (Market on Melrose), adult high school (Excel Center), wellness center, and banking services.  It will both honor the legacy and rich history of the Northwest community and neighborhoods while providing vital resources to help reimagine the future for its residents.

Goodwill NW Center

Housing Needs Survey

There is still time to participate in the Housing Needs Survey. Your input can help inform how future funding will be used to strengthen efforts to prevent and end homelessness in the City of Roanoke. Please take a few moments, if you haven’t already, and take this brief and anonymous survey:

Plawk On

It was a fun and festive inaugural Plawk for our Public Works Plawkers!  This group of Public Works employees gathered during their lunch break on October 28th and walked along Williamson Road, working together, to collect 3 full bags of litter, 4 ‘Plawksocks’, a hub cap, and a fence post. Check out Roanoke Plawkers on Facebook for more information on Plawking.

Plawkers October 2022

New at Wasena Park: Nursing Pod/Changing Station

If you've visited Wasena Park lately, you may have noticed this new nursing pod/changing station. This was built as part of a Girl Scout Troop Silver Award project working with Huddle Up Moms and Roanoke Parks and Recreation.

The Cadettes in Troop #170 worked to design, fundraise, and build the structure as a way to serve a community need for nursing and changing spaces. 

 Wasena Park Nursing Station


Upcoming Events

Free Kids Farmers Market Event on 11/3/22 from 3:00 PM-4:15 PM at the Feeding Southwest Virginia Community Solutions Center.

Ribbon Cutting at Wasena Park on 11/5/22 at 9:30 AM for the new nursing pod/changing station with Huddle Up Moms and Girl Scouts of Virginia.

Affordable Housing Needs Public Input Forum on 11/15/22 at 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM at SE Belmont Christian Church.

City of Roanoke Job Fair on 11/16/22 at 3 PM-7 PM at the Berglund Center Special Events Center

Thanksgiving Meal on 11/26/22 at 2 PM-4 PM sponsored by St. Philip Lutheran Church held at the Feeding Southwest Virginia Community Solutions Center.


Don’t forget nomination deadlines for the 2022 Neighborhood Partnership Awards and Citizen of the Year!!