Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Roanoke’s Parks and Arts begins its second year

Councilwoman Anita Price

Councilwoman Anita Price

Parks and Arts is designed to celebrate Roanoke’s neighborhoods by taking performing and visual arts directly to communities. This year funding came through a grant from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley.

Executive Director Alan Ronk was at today’s announcement held at Countryside Park on Ranch Road.

Ronk said, “as a student I financed my summer expenses by pulling golf balls out of one of the ponds over here.” The site of the new Countryside Park was the par five 12th fairway of Countryside Golf Club. The city bought it in 2005 and closed it in 2010.

Alan Ronk, Exec. Director of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley

Alan Ronk, Exec. Director of the Foundation for Roanoke Valley

The Parks and Arts is the perfect program for what we want to accomplish through the Foundation’s $300,000 commitment to the arts community said Ronk. “This program truly brings the performing and visual arts where our citizens live. We are pleased to provide $40,000 to underwrite Parks and Arts for this year.”

Council member Anita Price represented  city council and praised the program for its cultural diversity.

Amy Moorefield, Chair of the Roanoke Arts Commission presented this year’s six participating parks and schedule:


Huff Lane Park – June 7 from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Preston Park – June 21 from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Golden Park – July 12 from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Countryside Park – July 26 – noon to 3:00 p.m.

Mountain View – August 2 – noon to 3:00 p.m.

Elmwood Park – August 24 – starting at 2:00 p.m.


Bob Clement, Neighborhood Services Coordinator talks with Amy Moorfield

Bob Clement, Neighborhood Services Coordinator talks with Amy Moorefield

Everyone is invited to all six of the FREE performances at each of the parks.

The partnership also includes the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Anyone who attends a Parks and Arts event will get a FREE lawn seating ticket to attend the Elmwood Park event in August featuring RSO Pops.

Susan Jennings, the city’s Arts and Culture Coordinator pulls it all together.

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