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Ordinance will eliminate skateboards at parks

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ordinance will eliminate skateboards at parks

UPDATE: After council discussed various opposing options for an hour the ordinance change was tabled until March 17. Almost immediately following the opening of Elmwood Park and amphitheater skateboarders hit the open cement area and side walls scrapping and chipping the brand new facility. This ordinance will stop that from happening again. City Council will […]

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Elmwood Park renovation start date pushed back

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Elmwood Park renovation start date pushed back

The park will close on October 16 and depending on the weather the revitalized park will reopen 12 months later in the fall of 2013. The first phase was expected to begin in mid July and reopen in the summer of 2013. That will not happen said Steve Buschor, director of Parks and Recreation. Some […]

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Elmwood Park moves forward with additional funding for architectural designs

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Elmwood Park moves forward with additional funding for architectural designs

In April 2011 council reached consensus on another study for Elmwood Park. This time the study included Elmwood Park in its entirety. The $300,000 figure was for plans that would result in documents ready to be put out for bids. The completed Master Plan on display to the public in January by Hill Studio, P.C. […]

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Elmwood Park redesign moves ahead with a few possible tweaks

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Elmwood Park redesign moves ahead with a few possible tweaks

The first conceptual designs were presented for public input in October 2011. The 1500 accumulated comments from those sessions combined with online comments were used to craft a final concept design that was available for public viewing at the main library last Thursday. The wish list of amenities from stakeholders doubled the cost to over […]

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Elmwood Park redo gets ready for city council adoption

Friday, January 13, 2012

Elmwood Park redo gets ready for city council adoption

The first conceptual designs were presented for public input in October 2011. The accumulated comments from those sessions combined with online comments were used to craft a final concept design that was presented at the main library Thursday. The wish list of amenities from stakeholders doubled the cost to over 8 million. That design was […]

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If it’s not a study and it’s not an amphitheater it must be a civic plan

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

If it’s not a study and it’s not an amphitheater it must be a civic plan

If it walks like a duck just call it something else says Roanoke City Council. The budget briefing was moving along swimmingly Monday morning when $hit hit the fan. No it wasn’t Terry McAuliffe this time. It was the evil FIVE-letter word “study” and the association with the other mind-cringing “amphitheater” word at a cost […]

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Elmwood Park amphitheater plan scrubbed

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Elmwood Park amphitheater plan scrubbed

UPDATED Dec. 8: Total cost of Red Light consultant study for both Reserve Avenue and Elmwood Park in April 2009 came to $211,500 according to Brian Townsend, Assistant Manager. (per phone call from Director of Finance, Ann Shawver) It  is curtains for the amphitheater design that excited Roanokers in April 2009. Monday morning Vice-Mayor David […]

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Mayor says Roanoke still has the “Big MAC” in it’s future

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mayor says Roanoke still has the “Big MAC” in it’s future

Every summer the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual State of the City address. This year’s breakfast was again held Thursday at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center on Hershberger Road. Mayor David Bowers looked back over his prior two years of speeches in preparing for 2010’s State of the City address. […]

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When six is not enough – council members that is

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL – September 8, 2009 When is a four to two vote not enough? When it requires one of those pesky second readings. At the crucial vote authorizing the Director of Finance, Ann Shawver to issue $13.9 million in debt for public improvement projects Council member Court Rosen and Gwen Mason voted “no.” […]

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Councilwoman Anita Price says flip-flop label worth it

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Councilwoman Anita Price says flip-flop label worth it

Councilwoman Anita Price who had opposed moving forward with the amphitheater on two previous votes boldly flipped her vote Monday. Price said she had lost sleep over her vote of July 20 in the absence of longtime amphitheater advocate Councilman Dave Trinkle who was on vacation at the time. Price said that she had even […]

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Amphitheater Indecision 2009 – Motion to Reconsider

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Amphitheater Indecision 2009 - Motion to Reconsider

Joyce Waugh gets “another chance.” Waugh, Chamber of Commerce President and Doug Waters, acting President of DRI, Inc are pressing the flesh to have City Council reconsider (for a third time) the July 20th Council decison. Council on a 4-2 vote dropped the amphitheater from the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan. Mayor Bowers seems to think with Councilman […]

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Victory Stadium Has the Last Laugh as Mason Leaves the Building

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Victory Stadium Has the Last Laugh as Mason Leaves the Building

Winning a seat in the predominantly Republican 17th District for an independent democrat  centrist passionate conservative (pick one) candidate requires “dancing a little side-step” to the right where plays the majority of the 17th constituency. Gwen Mason, Councilwoman House of Delegate candidate has left the Noel C. Taylor Municipal building headed for the higher ground […]

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