Roanoke Parks and Recreation is a full-service, nationally accredited municipal agency providing thousands of recreational opportunities throughout an extensive park system. With 70 parks and plazas and seven recreation centers, the Department currently employs 60 full-time employees and 144 part-time and seasonal employees for a total Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) count of 84.5. The Department consists of three divisions; Administration, Parks, and Recreation. Each division has specific functions and each is responsible for the delivery of services, programs, and activities for the citizens of the City of Roanoke and the greater Roanoke Valley.
Administration provides operational support and directive activities consisting of planning and development for all parks, greenways, and natural resources; marketing and information services; and operations management consisting of contracts, leases and agreements administration; strategic planning; and general business functions. The Parks Division maintains all parks and greenways; all urban forestry and horticulture programs; and manages publicly-owned blueway areas along the Roanoke River, Tinker Creek, Lick Run, Peter’s Creek, and Murray Run. The Division supports approximately 100 internally managed events city-wide each year including festivals, concerts, and outdoor movie presentations. The Recreation Division is responsible for delivering a wide variety of recreational and educational programs for all ages as well as activities and services that advocate for youth and adolescents in the City of Roanoke. The Division provides oversight and management of seven recreation centers and two (2) outdoor swimming pools; athletic field and natural surface trail maintenance; and administration of the USDA Summer Nutrition Program for several non-profit and housing development organizations.
In October 2008, Roanoke Parks and Recreation joined an elite group of park and recreation organizations by earning National Accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Department is now one of only 116 accredited agencies throughout the United States. Only six agencies are accredited in Virginia. The pursuit for CAPRA Accreditation began in 2006 and through the development of a comprehensive self-assessment manual and a rigorous visitation by a three-member team of park and recreation professionals from across the country, Roanoke Parks and Recreation met a near perfect 153 out of 155 standards in 2008, furthering our efforts in becoming a best practices organization. The Department earned re-accreditation in October 2013, meeting all standards. For more information about CAPRA and benefits of being Nationally Accredited, please visit the National Recreation and Park Association.
Our mission is to maximize all available resources to deliver parks, recreation facilities, and programs that are attractive, clean, accessible and provide memorable experiences. The Department will serve citizens of all ages to create a desirable community to live, work, and play. We measure our success by customer satisfaction, efficiency, and community development of our public spaces and recreation services that meet the values and needs of our citizens and visitors.
Our vision is to be positioned as a premier “best in class” parks and recreation system that provides high quality, maintained parks, recreation facilities and programs that are accessible and cost effective, as well as support the citizen’s vision for cultural unity and a livable and healthy lifestyle that creates high economic impact and value for living and working in Roanoke.