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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Appalachian Trail Conservancy opposes legislation expediting pipeline construction in national parks

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Appalachian Trail Conservancy opposes legislation expediting pipeline construction in national parks

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (July 7, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) strongly opposes legislation that would expedite pipeline construction in national parks, including the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.). Three bills—H.R. 2295 in the House of Representatives and S. 411 and S. 1196 in the Senate—would accelerate review of natural gas pipeline approvals and […]

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Stanley brothers music to be celebrated at Roanoke Mountain concert

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stanley brothers music to be celebrated at Roanoke Mountain concert

Marvin Harlow & Friends will perform as part of the regular Roanoke Mountain concert series at 7:00 P.M. focusing on the music of the Stanley Brothers. Performances are free and open to the public. The music of the Stanley brothers will be celebrated on July 5 beginning at 5:00 P.M. with a one-man play based […]

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Stop the Violence Star City at Washington Park draws committed diverse crowd

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stop the Violence Star City at Washington Park draws committed diverse crowd

A hundred people showed up even with the threat of severe storms lingering. Food, fun and games for the kids and camaraderie for the adults with one goal in mind. Stop the violence in Roanoke City where homicides so far this year have equaled all of last year. That is what the Stop the Violence […]

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People’s Choice Award “Ask the Fish 2.0” wins!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

People's Choice Award

Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke and Roanoke Arts Commission announce the Winner of the People’s Choice Award in the temporary exhibition AIR (Art in Roanoke) at Elmwood Park. Voters chose “Ask the Fish 2.0” by Stephen Fairfield as their favorite sculpture in the exhibit with the theme The Natural City.  Fairfield will receive a $1,000 honorarium. During the […]

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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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Just say NO to parties in Roanoke parks with alcohol

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just say NO to parties in Roanoke parks with alcohol

It looked like a slam dunk. Adding more parties in the park  in an amendment that would allow any for-profit entity to apply to the city and ABC to hold events that serve alcoholic beverages. The seven parks would have been Wasena, Fallon, Washington, Smith, Mill Mountain, Highland and Piedmont. In a contentious council meeting […]

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Councilman Bill Bestpitch and his alcohol advocacy

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Councilman Bill Bestpitch and his alcohol advocacy

At city council on October 7 Councilman Bill Bestpitch asked that an ordinance be drawn up by the city attorney, Dan Callaghan that would amendment city code to allow alcohol for events at several city parks. The hot button issue over alcohol events at Preston Park at the last city council meeting immersed the city […]

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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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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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Elmwood Park completion delayed for at least a month

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Elmwood Park completion delayed for at least a month

A one month delay in completion of Elmwood Park has been announced by Roanoke City. The delay is a result of the heavy rains that prevented MB Contractors from working at the site. The date set for the first event has been rescheduled  for Saturday, October 19 barring any further weather delays. On October 19, the […]

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Roanoke moves toward enhancing neighborhood parks

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Roanoke moves toward enhancing neighborhood parks

There has been a shift in Roanoke City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan  – from closing down neighborhood recreation centers to enhancing them. A similar strategy came about with the Library Master Plan. Land was purchased for a “super” library on Peters Creek Road. That project has been abandon. The 11-acre parcel on Peters Creek […]

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