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Jul 13

Roanoke Recap July 13, 2022

Posted on July 13, 2022 at 4:08 PM by Carol Corbin

Amtrak Announces Second Roanoke Roundtrip Service

The additional railway service will allow for a departure from Roanoke to DC at 4:30 PM, and a train from DC arrives in Roanoke at 1 PM. Since Amtrak's return to Roanoke in 2017, it has consistently been one of Virginia’s most popular state-supported routes.  In May, the Roanoke route saw a 7.8% increase in ridership compared to May of last year. 

Roanoke Parks and Recreation Completes the Last of Six Playground Replacements

Roanoke Parks and Recreation have been busy. Garden City Park, Raleigh Court Park, River’s Edge Park – South, West End Park, Staunton Park, and Washington Park – Upper playgrounds have all received new playground equipment!  As part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan developed in 2019, a list of deferred maintenance priorities was identified.  Additional projects included in this list are updating Basketball, Tennis, and Futsal Courts, Athletic Field Fencing, Greenway signage repair and paving, and many more projects that are either in progress or slated to be addressed.  For more information on deferred maintenance projects click here.


Sports Equipment Donated to Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Unit

Our Youth & Gang Violence Prevention Unit recently received a donation from Timothy Dixon and Dwight Marshall of DICK’S Sporting Goods. Fishing rods, a tackle box, cornhole, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, rugby balls and even a pickleball set!!  violence prevention donation

Roanoke Valley Resource Authority Hazard Waste Collection Reminder

Reminder to pre-register to drop off household hazardous waste at the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority. Collection is available the 3rd Saturday of each month - currently July 16th. 

If you are interested in registering, there are limited spaces remaining for July!!  Register here:

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Shoutout to Roanoke Stormwater Crews

The Stormwater Utility was created to address water quality in the City of Roanoke.  Everyday activities such as walking the dog, fertilizing the lawn, driving cars and exposing bare soil can generate pollution. These pollutants wash into the stormdrain system and flow untreated into the nearest creek, ultimately reaching the Roanoke River. It is our goal to work together with citizens to improve the City of Roanoke's waterways so that they can be community assets for many years to come.  Together, we can create a clean water legacy! Many thanks to our hardworking crews for taking care of our stormwater infrastructure! #keepitclear #onlyraindownthedrain

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Check out What's Going on at Roanoke Public Libraries

Learn about growing orchids at the Williamson Rd Branch library at 2 PM on July 14th or reach out to see if there is still an open spot at an adult paint night event at the Gainsboro Branch at 6 PM on July 14th.  If you need to beat the heat on these hotter summer days, there is always something awesome going on at Roanoke Public Libraries!  Check out Roanoke Public Libraries on Facebook to catch up on all the activities they have coming up.


Community Circles Next Meeting July 28, 2022

Come out to the community healing circle series. These gatherings will be held monthly. The community healing circle is part of Native American tradition used to bring the community together for healing and communion. It is used to reduce health care costs by providing other alternative options to improve mental health. Community Circles bring people together from all ages to teach culture and the importance of healing trauma. Community Circles provide the perfect model for listening, settling disputes, and resolving conflict. Community Circles offer peace of mind and create an environment where people from the community can talk about their concerns and issues in a supportive atmosphere.

The discussion topic will be men's health. Research shows that men are 70% less likely to seek medical assistance than women. We will be discussing physical, mental, and emotional health. The goal is to discuss holistic health principles that encourage and empower men to be more health conscious.

Plant-based vegan food and light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, July 28, 2022Community Circles6PM - 7:30PM
Melrose Library
2502 Melrose Ave. NW Suite D
Roanoke, VA 24017