Dec 06

Roanoke Recap - Dec. 6

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 12:14 PM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! 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 us at communications@roanokeva.gov.

Christmas Tree Lighting Happens Friday

A great way to start the holiday season is by watching the City of Roanoke’s downtown Christmas Tree light up for the first time in Market Square (at Wells Fargo Plaza) at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. This event kicks off Dickens of a Christmas, an annual holiday celebration held on the first three Friday nights of December every year in Roanoke. Click here to get all the details. Read about street closures related to this event here.

(Pictured below: City of Roanoke Christmas Tree, 2015)
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Public Invited to Unveiling of New Neighborhood Sign

The City’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the Greater Grandview Neighborhood Association (GGNWA) invite the public to attend the unveiling of the new Greater Grandview Neighborhood Sign at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The sign will be unveiled at the corner of Hershberger Road and Grandview Avenue (in between Carter Bank and Trust and the BP Station). The GGNWA will be the first neighborhood to erect a sign welcoming neighbors in both English and Spanish.

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Roanoke Offers Ice Skating Fun

If you like to ice skate in the winter, there are a couple of great options in Roanoke:

  • Elmwood on Ice, located in Elmwood Park, is a family favorite for some winter fun. The rink offers skating aids for beginners and there’s an awesome ice slide. There is also a picnic area for folks who want to bring food or purchase takeout from a downtown restaurant and bring it along. Skating will continue through Feb. 2, 2020. The list of fees and hours of operation can be found here. Watch this video to learn more.
  • The Berglund Center offers public ice skating starting in December through the winter months. Skate alone or bring a group, and the rink offers “themed skates” like Carilion Children's Skate, Skate with the Dawgs, and Superheroes Skate. More details are available here.
(Pictured below: Elmwood on Ice rink in Elmwood Park)

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Nov 22

Roanoke Recap – Nov. 22

Posted on November 22, 2019 at 10:02 AM by Melinda Mayo

Welcome to Roanoke Recap, a blog to keep citizens informed about city news and events! 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 us at communications@roanokeva.gov.

Childress Named 2019 Citizen of the Year

Roanoke City Council named Marion D. Childress, Jr. (pictured below, right) the 2019 Citizen of the Year for the City of Roanoke. In recognition of this honor, Mayor Sherman P. Lea presented him with a Key to the City and a resolution commending his service to the community at the Nov. 18 City Council meeting. Read the announcement here.

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City to Close Streets for Weekend Race

To accommodate the Star City Half Marathon & 10K, which will take place from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, the City will close streets in the vicinity of the race. Click here to learn which streets will close. Information about the Star City Half Marathon & 10K is available here

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City Modifies Process for Funding Requests from Non-Profit Organizations

The City has modified its process to receive requests for funding from non-profit organizations. For the upcoming start to the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget season, the committees that receive the applications will use the approaches outlined here.

Solid Waste Collection Changes for Thanksgiving Week

City offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29.  As a result, the collection of trash, single-stream recycling, bulk, and brush during Thanksgiving Week will be altered. Read more about the holiday collection schedule here.

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Leaf Collection Began This Week

The 2019 Leaf Collection Program has begun in Roanoke! Click here to learn about collection weeks in December and how to set out bags of leaves. 



Nov 22

Roanoke Recap – Nov. 8

Posted on November 22, 2019 at 8:34 AM by Melinda Mayo

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City, Veterans Council Partner to Plant Trees

The City of Roanoke has partnered with the Roanoke Valley Veterans Council to plant trees again this year in honor of Veterans Day.  Thanks to a generous donation from Carilion Clinic, our parks received five red oak trees, which were planted today, Friday, Nov. 8.  The signature planting was in Entranceway Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of The American Legion.  The park, at the intersection of Williamson Road and Wells Avenue, is cater-cornered from the former location of The American Legion Auditorium.  Two additional trees were planted in Eureka Park, and two in Highland Park.  This is the second year for this project, which was initiated by Council Member Bill Bestpitch.

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Veterans Parade Scheduled This Saturday

The annual Virginia Veterans Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Downtown Roanoke. Parade participants include military units from across Virginia, military marching units and individual veterans accompanied by military, college and high school bands. The parade begins at 11 a.m. More information is available here

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Leaf Collection Begins Soon

The city’s 2019 Leaf Collection Program will be conducted in November and December on the following weeks: Nov. 18-21; Dec. 2-5; Dec. 9-12; and Dec. 16-19. Leaf collection will not occur during the week of Thanksgiving. Read more about leaf collection here.