Upcoming Street Closures
Party in Elmwood on Thursday, 7/28/22, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Elmwood Park
Downtown DORA on Friday to Sunday, 7/29/22 to 7/31/22, from 11 am to 8 pm, on the sidewalks on Campbell from Williamson to Jefferson, Market from Church to Salem, and Wall from Salem to Campbell
Straight Street Youth Night on Friday and Saturday, 7/29/22 to 7/30/22, from 5 pm to 11 pm, on Luck between 3rd and 4th
Roanoke Beautification Day on Saturday, 7/30/22, from 6 am to 5 pm, at Staunton Park, and the surrounding streets of Staunton Ave NW, 23rd st NW, and Mercer Ave NW
Summer Concert Series on Saturday, 7/30/22, from 6 am to 11:45 pm at Elmwood Park
Love SE Fest on Saturday, 7/30/22, from 10 am to 4 pm at Belmont Park
Dale Birthday Party on Saturday, 7/30/22, from 2 pm to 11 on Dale Ave between 7th and 8th
National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong first responders and police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. Together, we are working to make that happen.
Neighborhoods throughout the City of Roanoke are invited to join over 38 million neighbors across 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide.
Find an event in a neighborhood near you on August 2nd!!!
PLAY Roanoke and Star City Safe Hold Pool Party Celebration August 14th, Before Washington Park Pool Renovation
Washington Park Pool will close for the season on Sunday, August 14, 2022, and a renovation project will begin shortly after. The current pool will be removed to make way for a new facility. While this will be a large project, the Parks and Recreation Department hopes to keep the impact of the closure to a minimum, with a reopening as soon as possible. The Washington Park Pool was originally built in the 1970s and the renovation is part of the Department’s Master Plan developed in 2019.
In a 2021 study, Washington Park Pool was ranked highest in terms of citizen support for renovation out of all the Department’s recreation centers and pools. As part of this project, PLAY Roanoke is gathering feedback to be used in developing final designs. The survey is designed to gauge which amenities or features are most important to the community (such as lap lanes, slides, splash/spray features, diving areas, and more). The public survey is available at www.PlayRoanoke.com/PoolSurvey. Responses will be accepted through September 2.
In recognition of the Washington Park Pool’s impact over the years, a celebration is planned for the last day of the season on August 14. As part of the Star City Safe Initiative, PLAY Roanoke will be hosting a Pool Party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and offering $1 admission, giveaways, entertainment, and refreshments. Parks and Recreation staff will also be available throughout to assist attendees completing the survey.
RPD Wins Big at Annual National Lawfit Challenge
The RPD Team brought home HUGE wins from the 20th Annual National LawFit Challenge! This team won 1st place Individual Female, 2nd place Individual Female, 4th place Individual Female, 5th place Individual Female, 3rd place 4-Man Team, 3rd place Mixed Pairs, and 5th place Mixed Pairs. Also, please help us recognize Officer Ford, who competed with Team RPD but represented Virginia Western Community College Police Department.
This nationwide competition is designed to increase and test the cardiorespiratory efficiency, muscular strength, muscular endurance, lean body mass, and flexibility of officers.
Congrats to you all!
Roanoke Public Library is a Pacesetter
Roanoke Public Libraries has received the 2021-2022 Pacesetter Award from The Campaign for Grade Level Reading for their excellent work promoting early school success and reversing the summer slide by distributing over 13,000 learning kits.
Financial Empowerment Center Celebrates Reaching Major Milestone
We have reached a major milestone in providing financial counseling services in our community. In just over two years, Roanoke area residents have worked with our financial counselors to reduce their non-mortgage household debt by over $1 Million! The Financial Empowerment Center operates through a partnership between the City of Roanoke, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, Inc., Freedom First Enterprises, and other key community organizations.