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. 


Apr 05

Roanoke Recap - March 22

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 12:43 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.

Kiwanis to Gift Playground to City of Roanoke

At the March 18 City Council meeting, the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke gave an overview to City Council of their plans for Centennial Playground—their proposed project in the Melrose-Orange Target Area, adjacent to the Goodwill Campus on Melrose Avenue. The club wants to partner with other organizations and neighbors to create a gathering place for all ages. Kiwanis’ goal is to raise $400,000 for the equipment and land preparation, and will also apply for CDBG grant funds to help with costs. The project will include play equipment to accommodate physically challenged children, as well as exercise equipment for adults and teenagers. Kiwanis will gift the playground to the city. The projected opening of the playground is in June 2020. Click here to see the design concept posted on the Kiwanis Club’s Facebook page.

New Franklin Road Bridge Opens

The City of Roanoke held a ribbon-cutting/dedication ceremony on March 22 for the new Franklin Road Bridge (see photo below). Public art is also part of the new bridge, with works showing the rich history of the Old Southwest neighborhood displayed on the columns of the bridge. Old Southwest Inc. played a major role in helping secure a neighborhood grant for the art, and participated in selecting the artist for this work. The bridge is now open to serve the 9,600 motorists, along with many pedestrians and cyclists, who used alternative routes since its closure in January of 2017. Click here to see a video of the new bridge posted on Roanoke Valley Television's Facebook page. 

Franklin Road Bridge Ceremony with caption

‘Global Harmony’ to Complete Commemoration of Public Art Anniversary

The City of Roanoke will dedicate a new sculpture at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in Entranceway Park at the corner of Williamson Road and Wells Avenue. “Global Harmony” (see artist rendering below) by Stephen Fairfield of St. David, Ariz., is the latest addition to the city's Public Art collection. The dedication of “Global Harmony” will end a year-long commemoration, "Ten Years of Public Art," organized by the Roanoke Arts Commission. Learn about the anniversary of Public Art here.

final rendering of hand breaking through rock

City to Host Public Works Jobs Fair

The City of Roanoke will host a Public Works Jobs Fair on Wednesday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Public Works Service Center, located at 1802 Courtland Rd. (behind Berglund Auto Group). The event will be free and open to the public. City department divisions participating in the Jobs Fair will include Parks, Fleet, General Services, Stormwater, Transportation, and Solid Waste. Through this event, the city hopes to increase visibility in the community and diversify the workforce by providing an opportunity to people from various backgrounds with diverse skill sets to gain employment.  See more details here.


Mar 21

Roanoke Recap - March 8

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 4:52 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.

Update on Comprehensive Plan Process

This week, Roanoke City Council received an update on PlanRoanoke, the city’s process to develop a Comprehensive Plan. Through December 2018, the process engaged citizens with 10 open house meetings and a public survey; the input was used to create a Community Response Report. Read the report here.  More open house meetings will be held in March and April, as well as meetings with stakeholder groups and focus groups, followed by the creation of a draft plan. To watch the video of the March 4 Council briefing on this topic, click here to go to the city’s Facebook page. Information about Comprehensive Plan 2020-2040, including dates for future open house meetings, is available here

Getting Ready for E-Scooters

Companies such as Lime and Bird are bringing e-scooters to cities across the country. With the growing popularity of e-scooters, and in anticipation of their arrival in Roanoke, the city’s Planning, Building, and Development Department is developing regulations and rules for their operation. Adding these regulations to the City Code will be a proactive step in managing use of the scooters. The city will work with the companies that provide the scooters to inform the public about the expectations for their use. The video of the March 4 Council briefing on this topic is available on the city’s Facebook page 

Aerial Way Drive Greenway Opens

Citizens, city officials, and greenway users turned out for the Aerial Way Drive Greenway ribbon-cutting on Feb. 28. Funding for this new section of the Roanoke River Greenway came from local sources and VDOT grants, and the hard work of the city’s Engineering Division and Crowder Construction turned this vision into a reality in just 18 months. The blog post, including photos of the ceremony, can be seen here.

Improvements Coming to River’s Edge

As part of Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s Master Plan, River’s Edge will see improvements for multi-generational and inclusive activity with the upgrade of the northern portion of the park that resides on Reserve Avenue. This will be a phased, multi-year process. Read more about the plans for improvements here.