What’s going on across from Countryside Park?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

What's going on across from Countryside Park?

Bulldozing, backhoes are moving dirt and toppling trees on what was once Roanoke airport property between Ranch Road and Portland Avenue in Northwest City. A small parking lot is expected to relieve parking that neighbors now see as a parking problem with the Countryside Park and trails being so popular from visitors outside the neighborhoods. […]

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Countryside Golf Course plane crash memorial marker mystery – where is it?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Countryside Golf Course plane crash memorial marker mystery - where is it?

What happened to the memorial marker pictured here? August 19, 1994, passengers David and Charlene Peterson of Cochranton, Pa., died when the small plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff. It  hit a cherry tree on the Countryside Golf Course 13th fairway. They left behind six children. According to The Roanoke Times the pilot […]

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Part of the old Countryside Golf Course property to see a cohousing development

Friday, May 27, 2016

Part of the old Countryside Golf Course property to see a cohousing development

Thursday evening about 25 neighbors from the surrounding Countryside neighborhoods in Northwest city were presented with a preliminary development plan on a 6-acre site next to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport runway 6 protection zone and adjacent to what was the Countryside Golf Course clubhouse. Paul Wyar a retired electrician wants to turn the site into a […]

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Break ins plague Countryside Park residents in Northwest

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Break ins plague Countryside Park residents in Northwest

According to Scott Leamon, Crime Prevention Specialist/Community Outreach officers arrived at the the 2200 block of Countryside Drive when the homeowner called 911 at 2:37 p.m. on March 17th. The owner came home to find two individuals in his home.  Both individuals ran away once they figured out the homeowner had returned home, in fact they fled before the homeowner could […]

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Youth soccer fields/tournaments replace old golf course

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Youth soccer fields/tournaments replace old golf course

Attorney Maryellen Goodlatte led off Wednesday’s presentation to 15 or so households adjacent to the planned lighted soccer fields behind the dilapidating tennis building at the city’s now closed Countryside Golf Course. The location of the three fields remains the same but with an added parking lot off of Tuckawanna Circle. There are about 160 […]

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Countryside Park takes shape sort of (Video)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Countryside Park takes shape sort of (Video)

It is a mystery to us/me the Countryside neighborhood just what and why all this excavation for the park is necessary. The excavation has been going on for 2 months now. The million dollar project is suppose to be a pavilion with a park and some kind of field, trails and wildflowers. There is drainage […]

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Vandalism at the Countryside Dump

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vandalism at the Countryside Dump

The accumulation of trash dumped, downed limbs, beer cans, tires and condoms is a disgusting sight in a neighborhood that was once proud of the best laid out golf course in the region. Since the city bought it for $4.1 million in 2005 and closed it in 2010 trash and vandalism have plagued the well […]

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Countryside Master Plan amendment requires a revote

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Countryside Master Plan amendment requires a revote

An eagle eyed Countryside Neighborhood Alliance member who read the mailed copy of the ordinance adopted by Roanoke city council September 17 found the error. Susan Hall, Treasurer spotted it and contacted the city clerk, city manager and mayor. The ordinance changed the Countryside Master Plan 12-acre Portland parcel from urban agriculture to recreation. City […]

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Message sent to my neighbors

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Message sent to my neighbors

As I expected we lost the battle and well actually the war. What politician would vote against children and positive economic impact to the city coffers. Those of you who have been here since 2005 know what we’ve been through. First it was upscale housing built by Toll Brothers, they looked at the property after […]

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Countryside Master Plan as useful as used toilet paper

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Countryside Master Plan as useful as used toilet paper

As expected the neighbors to the west were promised by city administration some walking trails and such to get them on board with the Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer fields on the 12-acre Portland parcel. The parcel was designated for urban agriculture by the Planning Commission in work sessions with the Countryside Neighborhood Alliance (which I […]

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Dear RT – Countryside neighbors always supported urban agriculture

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dear RT - Countryside neighbors always supported urban agriculture

Can you hear us now Mason Adams of The Roanoke Times who erroneously stated that recreational fields were “a consideration that had been discussed in depth during the writing of the plan before planners decided to go with agriculture instead.” He didn’t bother to contact the Countryside Neighborhood on his presumption. Instead he took the […]

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Countryside property usage consistently “inconsistent”

Friday, September 14, 2012

Countryside property usage consistently

The twists and turns, plans and promises associated with the now defunct Countryside golf course would make a good book – “How to Ruin a Vibrant Thriving Neighborhood.” That was the topic on a bus tour of the Countryside neighborhood during the Statewide Neighborhood Conference held in Roanoke in 2010. The out-of-town attendees aboard the […]

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