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Understandably, people are concerned about the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, and its potential spread to our region. 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:

  • Absolutely all programs and events are cancelled up to April 30. Due to Governor Northam’s stay-at-home order, all Roanoke Parks and Recreation programs and events that encourage more than 10 people have been cancelled through June 10. We will issue a full refund to those who have already registered. As of now, starting May 1, some smaller programs will continue to rube held as along as we can safely practice social distancing and groups are less than 10.
  • We will not issue any rental permits until after the stay-at-home order has been lifted (that includes recreation centers, athletic fields, shelters, and open-space reservations).
  • We will be closing all public restrooms in parks, including port-a-johns.
  • As of now, our parks are open, but we strongly encourage residents to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  • The Fishburn Mansion is closed to the public.
  • Our after-school programs and summer camps at Eureka, Grandin Court, and Preston are cancelled until at least June 10.
  • The Discovery Center is closed.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out over the phone or electronically as the municipal building is closed to the general public. Please call us at 540-853-2236, email us at playroanoke@roanokeva.gov, or message us on Facebook or Instagram.  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?

Not at this time. Our offices have been closed to the general public, so we can only be reached by phone, email, or via social media.

What is Parks and Recreation doing to ensure cleanliness of the public restrooms?

All public restrooms on park property, including port-a-johns, are closed until at least June 10. Please keep that in mind when visiting a park, and we encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer.

Why are the after-school programs canceled?

Our after-school program has always followed the school calendar. Because Governor Northam has ordered the schools closed for the remainder of the year, our after-school program will also be closed. 

Will you close the parks?

It’s a possibility, but not at this time. However, we are asking the public to recreate at their own risk and to practice social distancing and good hygiene. We will not issue any rental permits until after June 10 (that includes recreation centers, athletic fields, shelters, and open-space reservations), nor will we be hosting any programs or events.

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.