Countryside Swim Club Slideshow

Friday, July 30, 2010

Countryside Swim Club Slideshow

The pool served the children of the county before annexation brought them into the city in the early 70s. The parents and children of northwest city would gather at the pool on hot days in their usual neighborly communal fashion through the 80s and 90s. All that changed when the pool closed in 2003 and […]

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Q99 Breakfast Club rattles residents of Countryside

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Q99 Breakfast Club rattles residents of Countryside

It was what??? A water park at Countryside Golf Course? Dick Daniels and David Paige pulled one of their famous April fools jokes this morning on Q99. I have to say I fell for it. You know I am punchy and suspicious with the city jerking the residents (of which I am one) around for […]

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Washington Park pool makeover taken down a notch

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Washington Park pool makeover taken down a notch

Nov. 16 Update: The ordinance passed unanimously to allocate the $1.9 million on Option 2 renovation for Washington Park Pool. Nov. 14: The grandiose “regional” aquatic pool makeover for Washington Park has been scaled back to the lesser of three options. Steve Boucher, Director of Parks and Recreation made a third pitch at a council briefing […]

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Table for two for the party of “no” on Roanoke City Council

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Table for two for the party of “no” on Roanoke City Council

With Councilwoman Gwen Mason running for the 17th District House of Delegates seat and Councilman Court Rosen the “conservative’s conservative” it becomes apparent that moving forward or even “maintaining” Roanoke is not on their agenda. Monday’s vote on $1.5 million of maintenance on city-owned Counryside golf course got their “no” vote. They’d rather see it […]

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Fallon Park community recreation facility options sink under heavy subsidy

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fallon Park community recreation facility options sink under heavy subsidy

CONSULTANTS DON’T RECOMMEND COMPETITION POOL A 30-minute briefing turned into an hour Monday after the 2:00 PM council meeting. The consultants presented reality, Steve Buschor Director of Parks and Recreation presented optimism – a sort of “holistic approach.” Council member Dave Trinkle wanted the competition pool anyway. Both Chuck Musgrave of Barker Rinker Seagate Architects […]

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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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Council Shakes the Magic 8-Ball for Capital Improvement Project Priorities

Monday, July 13, 2009

Council Shakes the Magic 8-Ball for Capital Improvement Project Priorities

Related article: Options Floated for Washington Park Pool Just when you think Council has made a decision they will stick to, the cards get reshuffled and we cut the deck again. The only thing secure now is the Market Building. See below the split on the other CIP (Capital Improvement Projects) at the June 6 […]

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City Council Struggles With Degrees of Separation – Help Wanted Lifeguards

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Council is already salivating over which of their fav services can be restored should alittle more money flow down the river to Roanoke. There is Councilman Trinkle’s wish for leaf collection, Councilman Cutler’s library hours restoration, small business, arts & culture district admissions waver, hybrid car tax relief, funding for agencies, and so on. Cutler […]

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Options Floated for Washington Park Pool

Friday, February 20, 2009

UPDATED: This post is originally from 12/3/08 when it was presented in a Council Briefing. The promise then was for a public input meeting. Evelyn Bethel and sister were on a commission to study Washington Park and were not consulted for this idea and made an issue of it. I think this was a campaign […]

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Countryside Swimming Pool Now Dirt

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The residents of the Countryside neighborhood had been listening to the heavy equipment coaxing large chunks of concrete from the once vibrant Countryside Swim Club for a week. In its day it had brought the community together with family gatherings and childhood birthday parties. The swim club is not the only community gathering place lost […]

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Countryside Swim Club Demolition

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

At the beginning of the year I initiated a “service” request with Roanoke City Code Enforcement regarding the safety of the Countryside Swim Club area. In February several of us attended the Roanoke City Council meeting to voice our concerns regarding the acre to be sold to Newbern and at the same time voice our […]

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Chickens, Mosquitos, and Snakes – Oh My!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Roanoke City Code Enforcement to the rescue. After 5 years of stagnant water and vegetation growth at the Countryside Swim Club we may have a break in the case. Last night I finally decided to submit on Roanoke City’s website under “Request for Services and Issues”. This is the fastest way to get action from […]

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