The City of Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation is an award-winning and nationally accredited agency.

Here are a some of the most recent awards that the department has received:

 

2017

  • 2017 The Roanoker Magazine Gold Award for Mill Mountain Star Trail, Best Short Hike (Under 5 Miles)
  • 2017 The Roanoker Magazine Platinum Award for Mill Mountain Star, Best Place to Take a Selfie
  • 2017 Best of the Blue Ridge’s Best Festival awarded to the Roanoke GO Outside Festival
  • 2017 Best of the Blue Ridge’s Best Adventure Race second place awarded to the Roanoke GO Outside Festival Wild Gear Chase
  • 2017 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation

 

2016

  • 2016 Best of the Blue Ridge’s Best Festival awarded to the Roanoke GO Outside Festival
  • 2016 Best of the Blue Ridge’s Best Adventure Race awarded to the Roanoke GO Outside Festival Wild Gear Chase
  • 2016 Best of the Blue Ridge’s Best Biking Trail awarded to Carvins Cove Trails
  • 2016 Best of the Blue Ridge’s Best Triathlon second place awarded to Off the Rails Triathlon
  • 2016 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation

 

2015

  • 2015 Virginia Recreation and Parks Society’s Best Promotional Effort for A Christmas Past at the Fishburn Mansion Brochure
  • 2015 Virginia Recreation and Parks Society’s Best New Special Event for A Christmas Past at the Fishburn Mansion Open House
  • 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for General Design for Elmwood Park
  • 2015 Best of the Blue Ridge’s Best Triathlon second place awarded to Off the Rails Triathlon
  • 2015 Best of the Blue Ridge’s Best Sports Festival second place awarded to the Roanoke GO Outside Festival
  • 2015 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation

 

2014

  • 2014 Gold Leaf Award presented to the Roanoke Tree Stewards for Outstanding Landscape Beautification from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Abroriculture
  • 2014 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation

 

2013

  • 2013 Best New Renovation/Addition Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways and Trails for Elmwood Park
  • 2013 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation

 

Earlier:

  • 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Roanoke’s Parks and Greenway Sign Plan
  • 2011 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2010 Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation Restoration Award for the Mill Mountain Toll Booth
  • 2010 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2009 Public Relations Society of American, Blue Ridge Chapter’s Gold Summit Award – Print Publications for Play Magazine
  • 2009 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2009 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Distinguished Volunteer Service awarded to Brian Batteiger
  • 2009 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Greenway, Blueway or Trail awarded to Lick Run Greenway
  • 2009 Governor’s Office, Commonwealth of Virginia’s Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award awarded to Carvins Cove Natural Reserve Conservation Easement
  • 2008 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2008 Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies – National Accreditation awarded
  • 2007 Public Relations Society of America, Blue Ridge Chapter’s Silver Summit Award – Recreation Catalog for Play Magazine
  • 2007 3CMD Silver Circle Award – Recreation Catalog for Play Magazine
  • 2007 MarCom Gold Award – Direct Mail/Other for Play Magazine
  • 2007 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort for Fall Waterways Cleanup
  • 2007 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2007 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Special Event for US Challenge
  • 2006 Statewide Neighborhood Conference Neighborhood Group Effort of the Year for Youth Commission
  • 2006 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2006 Public Relations Society of America, Blue Ridge Chapter Summit Award – External Communications for Play Magazine
  • 2006 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Program for Mobile Mountain
  • 2006 Virginia Recreation and Park Society for Distinguished Volunteer Service for Frank Barratta
  • Virginia Recreation and Park Society Honorable Mention – Marketing for Play Magazine
  • 2005 The Communicator Awards Award of Excellence – Recreation Catalog for Play Magazine
  • 2005 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2005 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best New Program for Plastic Bat and Ball
  • 2004 Public Relations Society of America, Blue Ridge Chapter Honorable Mention – External Communications for Play Magazine
  • 2004 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2003 Virginia Recreation and Park Society Best Promotional Effort for Parks and Recreation Web Page
  • 2003 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 2001 Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s Best New Facility for Discovery Center
  • 2201 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1999 Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s Best New Renovation for Rocwood Indoor Adventure Center
  • 1999 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1998 Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s Best New Program for Playing for Keeps – The Adult Role in Youth Sports
  • 1998 Roanoke recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • 1996 – Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s Presidential Award for Annual Conference Host

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation not only maintains more than 13,000 acres of public green spaces, but also hosts 2,000 recreational activities each year.

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