The Youth Athletics Refresh project affords the opportunity to reimagine the way youth athletics is offered and facilitated within the City of Roanoke.
In past years, Roanoke’s Parks and Recreation Department has offered administrative support to community-based, volunteer recreation clubs that serve the City’s youth in traditional team sports. That administrative support ceased in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, prior to the pandemic, youth athletics participation had been steadily declining. In fact, we’ve seen more than a 30% decrease since 2010. Moving forward, the Department would like to reshape how youth team sports are administered to better serve our community.