Help Us Reimagine Recreation

In 2019, Roanoke Parks and Recreation released its 10-year Master Plan that serves as a guidePictures of a pool, indoor basketball court, and two recreation centers in the City of Roanoke for recreation and park planning in the City of Roanoke. One priority echoed from all citizens was the need for improved recreation centers and pool facilities.

The City currently has indoor recreation spaces at Grandin Court Park, Mountain View Park, Preston Park, Eureka Park, Norwich Park, Mill Mountain Park, and in the Garden City Neighborhood. The City also operates two Olympic-size pools in Washington Park and Fallon Park. Both pools were built in 1972.

The Department is poised to receive funding to begin these improvements, and to ensure we create the best facilities for our citizens, we’ll be conducting input meetings in the coming months. With the help of Pros Consulting, we hope to create a capital and operational plan for new recreation and/or aquatic facilities that will create a welcoming, inclusive, multi-generational, and equitable recreation experience for all ages and abilities.

 

Key Events
  • March 24 and 25: The Department conducted virtual stakeholder meetings. Stakeholders included Department staff, City leadership, RCPS representatives, contracted program partners, neighborhood leaders, and City Council.
  • April 22, 6-8 PM: The Department hosted a virtual input meeting for the general public. To view a video of the meeting, click here.
  • Early July: Statistically valid surveys have been mailed to a random selection of residents.
  • July 26: The Department released an online survey open to everyone. The survey closed for feedback at the end of August.
What is the Process?
  • The Department conducted  virtual input meetings with community stakeholders (March 24 and 25) and the general public (April 22). Click here to watch the community input meeting.
  • Based on that feedback, the Department will release an online survey. This will be available for a designated amount of time, and all input will be recorded.
  • Running concurrently with the online survey, a statistically-valid survey will be mailed to random City residents. 
  • After all feedback is gathered, the consulting firm will come back to the Department with their recommendations, which will then be shared with the public.

Images of recreation centers and signs