Roanoke, Va (WFXR) — In 2019, Roanoke Parks and Recreation released a ten year masterplan that serves as a guide for recreation and park planning in the City of Roanoke.

“A big part of that was people wanted to see better recreation facilities as well as better pool facilities and so the department is poised to receive some significant capital improvement funding over the next three years.”

Stephanie Long, Marketing Coordinator for Roanoke Parks and Recreation

The timing couldn’t be better, as the last big improvements were made in 1972 with Olympic-size pools in Washington Park and Fallon Park.

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… and now, Roanoke Parks and Recreation want your feedback for what you envision for the future of these spaces and places.

“I think it’s a great idea that the Roanoke parks and Recreation want to hear our voices. We are the community. I’ve been here for 40 years, I’m from the northwest area of Roanoke and I can’t recall a time when someone actually said, ‘what do you think?'”

Bobby Shepherd, Roanoke Native

Here’s how you can tell them what you think.

This Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. the department is hosting a virtual input meeting for the general public. You can click here for the Zoom link. Pros Consulting will be helping to conduct the meeting. Those in attendance will be able to participate in live polling and a live Q&A.

“It’s really important that people come out and share their feedback because these are their spaces and I think it’s really important for people to essentially buy into this and what better way to buy into this than to have your voice heard and eventually have the space that you helped create!”

Stephanie Long, Marketing Coordinator for Roanoke Parks and Recreation

For more information, click here.