Roanoke Parks and Recreation

The City of Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) is a full-service, nationally accredited municipal agency that maintains nearly 13,000 acres of public land and provides the Roanoke Valley with thousands of recreational opportunities each year. The Department currently employs 70 full-time employees and approximately 160 part-time and seasonal employees to manage 69 public properties including 51 parks, eight plazas, seven greenways, two outdoor swimming pools, eight recreation centers, and more than 100 miles of paved and natural surface trails. Read More

PLAY Magazine

Summer 2024 Activity Guide

Recent Park Improvements

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New tee and disc golf signage installed at Fishburn Park

30 new trees planted along Lick Run Greenway

Invasive species removal continues along Mill Mountain Greenway

Constructed Corridor 12 from the Mill Mountain Trails Plan

Recent Blog Posts

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Celebrate Kids to Parks Day with Free Movies in Elmwood Park
Roanoke Parks and Recreation (PLAY Roanoke) is excited to celebrate Kids to Parks Day with…
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Gear Up for Bike Month: Five Ways To Celebrate!
Hey Roanoke, it’s Bike Month and time to dust off your bike and hit the…
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Five Programs to Get Your Kids Engaged Outside!
Sunshine is peeking through the clouds, the days are getting longer, and it’s the perfect…
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5 Tips for Stand Up Paddleboarding Beginners
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a sport that offers a fantastic full-body workout that engages…
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What Park Users Need to Know about the Wasena Bridge Replacement
Starting this April, the City of Roanoke will begin replacement of Wasena Bridge, with an…
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The Power of Sensory Education and STEM Exploration in Child Development
Written by Kirsten Turonis Hughes In the journey of raising children, parents and members of…
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Shake off the Winter Blues and Get Ready for Spring!
As the days grow longer and the sun starts to peek through the trees, Roanoke…
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Crush Your 100 Miler with These 5 Ideas!
Hey there, Roanoke 100 Milers! We’re already deep into the 100-day challenge, and you might…
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