Jun 16

Roanoke Recap June 16, 2022

Posted on June 16, 2022 at 9:35 AM by Carol Corbin

City Offices Closed June 20, 2022 - Solid Waste Management Collection Changes 

City offices will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.   As a result, the following schedule will be in effect for collection of trash, bulk, brush and “A” week single-stream recycling during that week.


All residential/commercial solid waste collection (including, recycling, bulk and brush) will be delayed one day:

Monday Routes – Trash, “A” week single-stream recycling, bulk and brush will be collected on Tuesday

Tuesday Routes – Trash, “A” week single-stream recycling, bulk and brush will be collected on Wednesday

Wednesday Routes – Trash, “A” week single-stream recycling, bulk and brush will be collected on Thursday

Thursday Routes – Trash, “A” week single-stream recycling, bulk and brush will be collected on Friday

For more information, call 853-2000, option 1

Groceries Not Guns: Upcoming Gun Buyback Event

Groceries Not GunsThere will be a gun buyback event held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, from 11 AM - 3 PM at the Melrose Community Center (1427 Melrose Ave NW Roanoke, VA 24017). You can receive a $250 grocery gift card for a semi-automatic handgun or $150 grocery gift card for a shotgun, rifle, or revolver. Bring all firearms to the event in a closed box or similar container. Limit 2 firearms per household. No firearms dealers.  Must be a Virginia resident and 18 years or older.  Name, address, date of birth, social security number, gender, and race are required by state law.  No other questions asked.

Free gun locks will be available.

Repairs made to NW Rugby Pillars

Earlier 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 masons in the Francisco family.

Kelly pictured here with his son John and Alberto. 

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Thank you to the Francisco family for preserving this piece of history and concerned citizen Shirley Bethel.

VDOT Seeks Comments on Study to Improve Section of Williamson Road in Roanoke

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in partnership with the City of Roanoke invites residents and travelers to provide input on a transportation study to address bicycle and pedestrian safety as well as transit needs along the section of Williamson Road (Route 11) between Orange Avenue (Route 460) and Hershberger Road (Route 101) in Roanoke. 

The study will analyze the operational and safety issues. Public comments on the study will be accepted through an online survey June 6 - 20, 2022. Information about the study and the online survey can be found on the VAProjectPipeline.org website or by using the direct link at  https://metroquestsurvey.com/fb6j6q

Community input received through this survey will help further refine and finalize potential improvements. The study partners may consider the recommendations for possible advancement through future local, regional, state and federal transportation funding programs. 

PLAY Roanoke Announces Summer Meals Program Schedule

After-School-MTB-1-400x400PLAY Roanoke is proud to participate in the USDA Summer Meals Program. This program provides free meals to folks 18 and under in our community without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, on a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times (Monday–Friday weekly) as follows:

  •  Indian Rock Village (2034 Indian Village Lane):  June 21-August 12, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Jamestown Place (1533 Pike Lane):                     June 21-August 12, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Landsdowne Park (2624 Salem Turnpike):          June 21-August 12, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

In addition, meals will be served at the following closed enrolled sites; meal service at these sites is limited to children enrolled in the program:

  • Apple Ridge Farm (Rt. 796, Copper Hill Rd) :                 June 27-August 4, 2022, 8:00-9:00 a.m.,12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Eureka Recreation Center (1529 Carroll Ave.):               June 21-August 12, 2022, 8:00-9:00 a.m., 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Grandin Court Recreation Center (2621 Barham Rd.):  June 21-August 12, 2022, 8:00-9:00 a.m., 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Preston Park Recreation Center (3137 Preston Ave.):  June 21-August 12, 2022, 8:00-9:00 a.m., 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Protect the Blueway: 'Trash for T-Shirt' program

Roanoke Stormwater, Roanoke Parks and Recreation, and local river outfitter Roanoke Mountain Adventures (RMA) have launched a “Protect the Blueway: Trash for T-shirt” program to reduce the amount of trash in the Roanoke River and promote use and care of the Roanoke River Blueway.

Creating a clean water legacy requires a concerted effort between city staff and the city’s residents and businesses. Together, we will transform the Roanoke River and its 13 tributaries into community assets, focal points, and sources of pride for those that live, work, and play in the Upper Roanoke River watershed.

If you want to show off your love for the Roanoke River, pick up a bag of trash on your next river float or greenway walk and you’ll receive a free “Protect the Blueway” shirt from RMA! This unique t-shirt features a map of the City of Roanoke, the Roanoke River and its tributary streams, along with the slogans “Protect the Blueway” and “Love Where You Live”.

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*Limit 1 shirt per participant. Shirts are not available for purchase and can only be picked up from RMA staff after providing photo documentation of your cleanup.

Protect the Blueways
Roanoke Mountain Adventures is an outdoor equipment and clothing shop located at 806 Wasena Ave SW, Suite 300, Roanoke, VA 24015. To learn more about RMA, please visit https://www.roanokemountainadventures.com/.

For questions about the program, please call (540) 853-5915.


On October 29, 2020, the Transparency in Coverage Rule was released by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury based on an executive order by the President to improve price and quality transparency in American healthcare in an effort to put patients first. This rule is a historic step toward putting health care price information in the hands of consumers and other stakeholders to ensure consumers are empowered with the critical information they need to make informed health care decisions.  The requirements in the Transparency in Coverage Rule will also reduce the secrecy behind health care pricing with the goal of bringing greater competition to the private health care industry.  

Beginning July 1, 2022, group health plans and issuers of health insurance are mandated to make available machine-readable files that include in-network negotiated payment rates and historical out-of-network charges for covered items and services, including prescription drug pricing. The files must be posted on an internet website that is publicly available and accessible to any person free of charge. No conditions can be imposed on the access to the files, such as establishment of a user account, password, or other credentials or submission of personally identifiable information to access the file. The files must be updated on a monthly basis and also clearly indicate the date on which they were most recently updated.

The health plan price transparency rule can help employees know the cost of a covered item or service before receiving care and help define the value of those services. This pricing information can also be used by third parties, such as researchers, app developers, etc. to help consumers better understand the costs associated with their health care.  

The City of Roanoke will post the machine-readable files on https://www.roanokeva.gov/ under ‘Important Resources’, titled “Health Plan Transparency Reporting” in order to comply with the ‘Transparency in Coverage Rule’, effective July 1, 2022. Health plan pricing will be available on July 1, 2022.

Jun 01

Roanoke Recap June 1, 2022

Posted on June 1, 2022 at 4:27 PM by Carol Corbin

Upcoming Street Closures

Upcoming special events with parking or street restrictions:

First Fridays on Friday, 6/3/22, from 5 pm to 9 pm on Franklin between Williamson and Jefferson

Straight Street Youth Night on Friday and Saturday, 6/3/22 to 6/4/22, from 5 pm to 11 pm, on Luck between 3rd and 4th

Summer Concert on Friday, 6/3/22, from 6 am to 11:45 pm, at Elmwood Park

Sidewalk Art Show on Friday thru Sunday, 6/3/22 – 6/5/22, from 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Sunday, on Salem between Williamson and Jefferson, Market Street and Wall Street

Community High School Celebration on Saturday, 6/4/22, from 2 pm to 8 pm on Norfolk between Campbell and Market

Summer Concert on Saturday, 6/4/22, from 6 am to 11:45 pm, at Elmwood Park

King George Block Party on Saturday, 6/4/22, from 11 am to 6 pm, on King Geroge Ave SW between 4th and 5th

IRONMAN 70.3 on Sunday, 6/5/22, from 6:30 am to 4 pm, all though the area. Main points are Dale Ave, Jamison, 9th st, Jefferson between Walnut and Reserve, and Reserve between Jefferson and Franklin. https://www.ironman.com/im703-virginia-blue-ridge?_ga=2.166552634.560425797.1654006545-1173881821.1654006545


Download Waze App

The City of Roanoke has partnered with Waze and joined the Connected Citizens Program in an effort to let citizens know about traffic impacts of capital improvement projects, special events, and planned street closures. Download Waze and join other drivers in Roanoke who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute.

To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit www.waze.com. For more information on Waze privacy policy, visit https://www.waze.com/legal/privacy.

Roanoke is on the list of 24 best mountain towns in the US. ????

Autumn Town Twilight Roanoke

Outside posed the questions “what makes the perfect mountain town? Quick access to adventure, of course, but how about the less obvious attributes? Does it have solid breweries and après food? Can an abundance of bike parks outweigh a lack of taco joints?" Hats off to all the awesome organizations and people working hard to make us a better outdoor community and putting us on the national map?????

The City oProposed 2022 HUD Annual Planf Roanoke's Proposed 2022 HUD Annual Plan is now available to the public for review and comment

The 2022 HUD Annual Plan addresses vital community needs that can be addressed with federal funding received by the city from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds are intended to primarily provide services for low to moderate income residents in housing, neighborhood revitalization, human services, economic development, and services to the homeless or those at-risk of homelessness. Over $6.5 million in funding from Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnership Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants, CARES Act and the HOME American Rescue Plan programs are being directed to various non-profits and city departments to address eligible activities during the FY 22-23 fiscal year. A majority of CDBG and HOME funds will be directed in the Belmont/Fallon Target Area.

To view the plan, click the following link: https://www.roanokeva.gov/350/Community-Resources

To comment, email [email protected] or mail in your comments prior to June 22 to: HUD Community Resources, C. Noel Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Ave SW Room 305 North, Roanoke VA 24011.

Meaningful Access - Language Access Cards

We're really proud of all the services, programs, and activities we offer, and we want to ensure that everyone in our city has meaningful access to them. So, for those of our residents who speak languages other than English, we've created these cards. Cards are available in: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Lai, Mandarin, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All City offices and departments have access to interpreters in over 280 languages AT NO COST to the users!! These cards are available at the Department of Social Services, our public libraries, and at the Municipal Building, so that those who need language assistance have an easy way to ask for it. Spread the word and help us continue to create belonging and ensure meaningful access to all our residents!

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gun locks

The City of Roanoke's Gun Violence Prevention Commission is providing gun locks for distribution to families of students in Roanoke City Public Schools. Contact your school today to receive a free gun lock. Gun locks are also currently available at the Roanoke Police Department - VA, located at 348 Campbell Avenue.

May 18

Roanoke Recap May 18, 2022

Posted on May 18, 2022 at 1:08 PM by Carol Corbin

Congratulations to the 24th Leadership College Graduation class!

Roanoke’s Leadership College has been designed to engage citizens in a series of interactive and engaging discussions and activities, which enables participants to enhance their knowledge of the city and how the city operates. Participants explore issues that impact their quality of life as well as that of each and every resident of the city. The interactive programs assist participants in collaborating with neighborhood organizations, community and business leaders, city officials, and city staff to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood and promote a stronger sense of belonging and community. Building upon their knowledge, skills, and commitment, participants of the Leadership College will begin to transform their neighborhood, and ultimately our city.

These 19 graduates took the time out of their busy days to learn about their government, to become resources of information to their neighbors, and hopefully to become more involved in the city in which they live. They heard from City Council about the vision and future of our city; personally, met the Directors and Managers of each city department, learning about the services they provide and how to access those services.  They also had an opportunity to interact with neighbors from across our city who otherwise they might not have had the opportunity to do so.

 Leadership College

Pictured-Adam Jackson, Adam Tate, Akouete Yemey, Alyshia Merchant, Ben Crew, Cynthia Vineyard-Brown, Dawn Erdman, Evan Maxey, Jamaal Jackson, Jay Finkle, Kathy Cohen, Lorena Wilson, Nicole Ross, Peg McGuire, Ryan Bell, Sunni Purviance, Tina Dillow, Wayne Farley. 

 For those interested Leadership College is held annually and is free. More information is available online at roanokeva.gov and search Leadership College.

Parks and Recreation to Hold Court Dedication, Basketball Tournament Honoring Ricky Renell Wright

On Friday, May 20, 2022, Roanoke Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) will hold a dedication ceremony at Washington Park honoring the late Ricky Renell Wright. At 4 p.m., City dignitaries, Department staff, and friends and family of Wright will gather to celebrate the naming of the new basketball courts in his honor. Immediately after, a 3 vs. 3 basketball tournament will take place. These events are free to the community to participate in and attend, and they are part of the Star City Safe Initiative to offer expanded services and access to public facilities to keep our youth and neighborhoods safe through programming and engagement.


Roanoke City Sheriff's Office Fundraising Events for Special Olympics Virginia
Special Olympics VA

May 25, 2022, from 11 AM to 1 PM, the Sheriff’s Office will be having a hot dog sale on the corner of 3rd Street and Campbell Avenue. Enjoy a lunch of 2 hot dogs, a bag of chips, and a drink for $5.

All proceeds and donations received will benefit Special Olympics Virginia.

It's National Public Works Week!

Here at The City of Roanoke, we want to celebrate our team who keep the city moving behind the scenes. We are talking about Transportation, Solid Waste Management, Stormwater, Environmental Management, and many others! Our public works team is always ready to serve. Thank you, public works heroes, for improving our quality of life here in The City of Roanoke!

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Roanoke Stormwater Annual Cleanup

Thursday, May 12, Roanoke Stormwater conducted their annual spring cleanup at several locations along Peters Creek and Lick Run. They removed 32,000 pounds of trash & debris, including 17 tires, several shopping carts, and other bulky items. This also happens to be the weight of 5 Rhinos or 32 Grand Pianos!!! Many thanks to our amazing Stormwater staff members, who are passionate about keeping our waterways clear.

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