City of Roanoke to temporarily close Greenway, Mill Mountain Park to mitigate crowd gatherings

Garden City Greenway

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – On Wednesday afternoon, Roanoke City officials held a virtual meeting to discuss several measures of helping to limit crowd gatherings to continue to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

In a video press conference, Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea announced the closure of the Roanoke River Greenway, the Tinker Creek Greenway, the Lick Run Greenway, the Mill Mountain Greenway, and the Garden City Greenway as well as access to Mill Mountain Park, effective at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 3.

Mayor Lea also announced that park personnel working with the Roanoke Police Department will be patrolling Roanoke’s parks, courts and fields to comply with Governor Northam’s order to limit gatherings of more than 10 individuals.

Officials say the goal is to limit large gatherings of people while the threat for the spread of coronavirus continues to be a concern.

We are not, as a community, on vacation. We are a community on a stay-at-home order, issued by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. We want to make sure we drive that message home. So, do just that. Stay at home. Leave your home or neighborhood only for essential reasons, and more people will remain safe.”

Sherman Lea, Roanoke Mayor

View the virtual meeting in its entirety below.

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