Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
Monday, December 14, 2009
Roanoke Community Garden Association
The sleet and frigid rain subsided and the sun appeared just in time to welcome the Roanoke Community Garden Association (RCGA) Sunday afternoon as they dedicated the Southeast community garden. The garden is spread across two large city lots owned by Frank Roupas.
Twenty gardeners, volunteers and supporters cheered and applauded as a sign designed by local artist Katherine Devine was unveiled. It is now officially the Frank Roupas Community Garden. Following the unveiling community members gave accounts of how the garden impacts family food budgets, connects neighbors and adds beauty to the inner-city neighborhood.
Since 2007 the mission of the tax-exempt RCGA has been to create sustainable organic community gardens throughout the Roanoke Valley. Individuals and families adopt one of the approximately 30 garden plots of 300 square feet each. They then grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers as the wish. A little experimenting keeps it interesting.
Katherine Devine, Frank Roupas, Mark Powell
According to the RCGA director, Mark Powell the Frank Roupas garden is perhaps the largest garden of its kind in Roanoke since the Victory Gardens of World War II. “Community gardens are springing up all over the city,” said Powell. Other community garden locations are in north Roanoke County, Old Southwest and on Grandin Road in the Raleigh Court neighborhood.
The RCGA provides the land, water, tools, storage and composting facilities to gardeners. Educational programs are offered to get new gardeners started on the right foot. The plan in 2010 is to provide after-school and summer programs to the Boys and Girls Club. Powell, a Southeast resident hopes to provide more amenities in the years to come.
Plans are in place to develop more gardens in Southwest City and the Town of Vinton. For more information on community gardens call Powell at 540-904-3122 or email him through RCGA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Community, Local Events
Tags: art, environment, neighborhood