Located in Northwest Roanoke, Eureka Recreation Center is heavily used throughout the year for after school programs as well as athletics and event rentals. The building was originally constructed in 1965, and was found to have the most condition issues in a 2019 department-wide facilities assessment. The facility has inadequate recreational spaces and antiquated mechanical/structural systems in various states of disrepair and obsolescence. For these reasons, redevelopment of the Eureka Recreation Center was identified as a top need in the Parks and Recreation 10-year Master Plan. In 2021, the City of Roanoke allocated $8 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to the Redevelopment of Eureka Recreation Center. In July of 2022, an additional $5 million was added to this project (also from ARPA funding).
With a total of $13 million, this will be the largest investment in a single project in Roanoke Parks and Recreation history.
Through this redevelopment project, the Eureka Recreation Center will better serve both youth and those young-at-heart by providing opportunities to participate in team sports, one-on-one play, classes, programs, activities, games, and community functions. Improvements and modernization to the facility will spark and reenergize the surrounding neighborhoods, providing a welcoming social center for residents.
Artist in Residence
Robyn Mitchell is the City of Roanoke Artist in Residence for the Eureka Park Renovation Project.
Robyn Mitchell, owner of Lovelight Design Studio works at the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship, design, consulting, and social justice. Providing design services for a wide range of civic and nonprofit organizations, Robyn is building a broad portfolio of clients while pushing her creativity into new arenas. As an artist in residence, Robyn will engage neighbors and stakeholders in arts based participation strategies around the development of a new community center in Roanoke’s Eureka Park. Learn more at RoanokeArts.org/Eureka.
Stay tuned! More details on Robyn’s work with this project will be coming soon.
- Public Meeting: Held July 25 with opportunity for in-person attendance or viewing of livestream (see recording here). View information shared at the meeting here.
- Public Meeting: Held April 11, 2023 with opportunity for in-person attendance or viewing of livestream (see recording below).
- View feedback gathered at the January Community Engagement Meeting here.
- Community Engagement Meeting: Held January 24, 2023. View information shared at the meeting here.
- Engagement with Youth: The Planning and Development Coordinator met with PLAY Roanoke After School students at Eureka Center, a student group at Lucy Addison Middle School, and a CommUNITY ARTS-reach youth fellowship event to discuss the redevelopment project and engage in visioning exercises, activities, and crafts.
- View feedback gathered at Community Engagement Meeting and via the online survey here.
- Online Survey: An online survey was available from December 6 through December 30 for those unable to attend the in-person community engagement meeting.
Community Engagement Meeting: Roanoke Parks and Recreation invites residents to a community engagement meeting regarding the redevelopment of Eureka Recreation Center. The meeting will be held at the Melrose Branch Library Community Room on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. For those unable to attend in-person, there is a survey link above to provide feedback. View information shared at the meeting here.
Washington Park Basketball Court Dedication & Tournament: PLAY Roanoke held a dedication/ribbon cutting for the Ricky Renell Wright Basketball courts at Washington Park upper, followed by a free 3 v 3 tournament. The Planning and Development Coordinator set up a booth with information on the redevelopment project to discuss with community members.
Eureka Fall Festival: PLAY Roanoke held a free community fall festival at Eureka Park. The Planning and Development Coordinator set up a booth with information on the redevelopment project to discuss with community members.
Met with After School Students: The Planning and Development Coordinator met with PLAY Roanoke After School students at Eureka Center to discuss the redevelopment project and engage in visioning exercises, activities, and crafts.