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City to Conclude Re-Opening Facilities to the Public
Based upon the current vaccination rate for the adult population in Roanoke exceeding 50%, and current guidance from the CDC and Governor Northam, all City libraries and recreation centers will fully open on Tuesday, June 15. In addition, Wiley Drive will be fully re-opened to vehicular traffic on that date. Read more here.
Roanoke Public Libraries Receive More Than 41,000 Books
Roanoke Public Libraries recently received a substantial donation of children's books from the Soho Center. Soho's READ and READY! donation comprises a total of 41,778 books valued at $538,000. This donation to the Roanoke Public Libraries is Soho's largest donation to a single public library. More details can be found here.
Parks and Recreation Re-opens City Pools
After a one-year hiatus, the pools at Washington Park and Fallon Park opened on June 4. Re-opening these pools was made possible thanks to a fundraiser started by Roanoke Attorney John Fishwick. Upon hearing the pools weren’t going to open in 2020, he and community partners—including Fishwick and Associates, American National Bank, Vistar Eye Center, and Carilion—raised $53,000 for the cause. Watch a video of the re-opening ceremony here. For daily hours of operation and pool rates, please visit the Parks and Recreation website.