Jul 23

Roanoke Recap – July 23, 2021

Posted on July 23, 2021 at 10:12 AM by Melinda Mayo

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VDH Partners With City to Offer Vaccine Opportunities at Library Branches

Between July 20 and Sept. 8, the Virginia Department of Health will offer residents the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine free at selected Roanoke Public Library branches. Dates, times, and locations can be found here

Roanoke, Greenway Commission, City of Salem Open Barnhardt Creek Bridge, Donor Plaza

On July 20, Roanoke Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission and the City of Salem, hosted a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Barnhardt Creek Bridge and donor plaza. This new bridge, located on Roanoke River Greenway off Blue Ridge Drive, provides greenway users with over two uninterrupted miles of trail, and links the two municipalities 

City Receives Department of Criminal Justice Services Grants

The Department of Criminal Justice Services has awarded the City of Roanoke two grants. The first is a $25,000 grant to complete a Youth and Gang Violence Community Assessment, which will begin soon and be concluded by the end of the year. The second is a $500,000 grant for a Gun Violence Intervention Program, which will be used over a two-year period, June 1, 2021 through June 20, 2023. More details can be found here

Gun Violence Prevention Commission to Host Trauma Education Event

There is still time to register for "Becoming Trauma-Informed," an event presented by the City of Roanoke's Gun Violence Prevention Commission. This free event will be held on July 27, 2021, 7 p.m., at the Belmont Branch Library, to educate participants about the impact of trauma on individuals and our community.  Click this link to register:

Solarize Roanoke Makes Residential Solar More Accessible to Homeowners

Now through Aug. 30, City residents can add solar power to their homes by taking advantage of discounted pricing, low upfront costs, a free satellite solar site assessment, and access to expert advice through the Solarize Roanoke program! The program is managed by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and presented in partnership with the City of Roanoke. More details are here. To participate, sign up at solarizeva.org/roanoke.


Jul 09

Roanoke Recap – July 9, 2021

Posted on July 9, 2021 at 11:07 AM by Melinda Mayo

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No Need to Speed

The Roanoke Pedestrian Safety Campaign, No Need to Speed®, officially launched on June 21 and we celebrated with a neighborhood walk kickoff event.  Watch this video for a glimpse into the day and don't forget to take the pledge for safer streets at PlanRoanoke.org. For more information about this campaign click here.

Melrose Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project Begins

The City of Roanoke has executed a contract with E.C. Pace Company, Inc. to construct the Melrose Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project. Construction work will begin July 19, 2021, and will be performed in the 2200 and 2300 blocks of Melrose Avenue. Learn more here

July Meeting Scheduled for Southeast Action Forum, Belmont-Fallon Target Area Stakeholders

The next meeting of Southeast Action Forum and stakeholders of the Belmont-Fallon Target Area is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army, located at 724 Dale Ave. SE. More information can be found here.

Roanoke Partners with NLC to Help Build Equitable Economic Mobility for All Roanoke Residents

The City of Roanoke announces its selection to the Equitable Economic Mobility Initiative (EEMI), a 15-month technical assistance and grant project led by the National League of Cities (NLC) aimed at boosting economic mobility for residents while addressing long-standing racial inequalities. Find out more here.


Jun 25

Roanoke Recap – June 25, 2021

Posted on June 25, 2021 at 11:55 AM by Melinda Mayo

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LEAP Launches Solarize Virginia to Make Residential Solar More Accessible to Homeowners

Adding solar power to your home is easier and more affordable than ever, thanks to Solarize Virginia, a program that reduces the cost and complexity of going solar by providing a one-stop shop for education and installation. Through Aug. 30, residents can sign up to receive a free solar satellite assessment and home energy assessment, and gain access to discounted prices and vetted installers. Click here to learn more. 

Roanoke Public Libraries Re-Opens Newly Renovated Gainsboro Branch

On Tuesday, June 15, Roanoke Public Libraries held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to re-open the newly renovated Gainsboro Branch Library. This renovation represents the City’s continued commitment to support the Library’s Master Plan to update and expand neighborhood branches that provide accessible services to the community. Find out more

Nelson Selected as Economic Development Department Director

Marc B. Nelson has been named Director of the Economic Development Department for the City of Roanoke, effective July 13, 2021. His selection was part of a national search, which yielded 40 applications for the position. Read more here

USDA Summer Food Service Program Begins

Roanoke Parks and Recreation will be serving free meals to children 18 and under as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided Monday through Friday.  Click this link to see a list of all meals sites as well as dates and times. 

City to Display 2021 Fireworks on July 3

The City will conduct its 2021 fireworks display on Saturday, July 3, at 9 p.m. over the fields at River’s Edge North. The display will occur one day early this year in an effort to give first responders and public safety officers the opportunity to spend the July 4 holiday with their families.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited staff’s ability to anticipate and plan for this display, a centralized event for public viewing of the fireworks will not be held. More information is here