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The City of Roanoke is taking preventative measures and updating the public through this webpage. Please visit it for up-to-date information about the virus and the City’s response.

Roanoke Parks and Recreation is taking the following steps to minimize the potential spread of the virus:

  • Beginning June 15, recreation centers will open for normal business hours (as staffing allows). Some restrictions on masks and occupancy may still be in effect.
  • All greenways are currently open. Wiley Drive, however, remains closed at this time. Please click here to learn more.
  • All public restrooms in parks, including port-a-johns, are now open.
  • Playgrounds are outfitted with hand-sanitizer stations
  • Our parks are open, but we strongly encourage residents to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  • The Fishburn Mansion is closed to the public.
  • The Discovery Center is currently closed.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out over the phone or electronically. Please call us at 540-853-2236, email us at, or message us on Facebook or Instagram.  Our offices are open by appointment only at this time, but will likely be open to the general public on June 15. Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions and reliable sources for COVID-19 information.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I conduct business with you all in person?

Our offices should reopen for in-person service on June 15. However, we ask that customers still wear masks at this time and practice social distancing. Until we reopen, we ask that patrons continue to conduct business via phone, website or email.

What is Parks and Recreation doing to ensure cleanliness of facilities?

Restrooms are cleaned daily, playground equipment is being regularly sanitized, and playgrounds are outfitted with hand-sanitzer stations. If you see a facility that needs servicing, please contact us!

Are the pools opening this summer?

Yes! Both Fallon Park and Washington Park pools are estimated to open on June 4. Visit those park pages for more detailed information.

Where do I get accurate information about COVID-19?

Visit the Center for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health websites for the most accurate, up-to-date information. Here are more reliable links for information:

Corona Virus Information

One of the issues facing our citizens is the spread of misinformation. Here are reliable sources to get the most accurate, up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and our region. 

Educate yourself on the virus, its symptoms, and how it’s impacting your community. And as always, practice good hygiene and social distancing while health officials work to contain this virus.