Roanoke mayor, vice-mayor to participate in 10-minute walk campaign

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The Roanoke mayor and vice mayor will participate in the first national “Walk to a Park Day” on Wednesday, October 10. 

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea and Vice-Mayor Joe Cobb will join the Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the 10-minute walk campaign that coincides with the National Walk to a Park Day. 

Mayor Lea will walk the greenway at Countryside Park starting at noon and Vice -Mayor Cobb will walk the greenway from Vic Thomas Park through Wasena Park starting at the Wasena Park Bridge parking lot at 9 a.m. 

“Roanoke manages 60 parks, six greenways, and more than 100 miles of natural surface trails,” said Mayor Lea. “These parks and green spaces link our neighborhoods to the city, which is a major benefit to Roanoke’s quality of life. I can’t think of a better way to show support for them than to participate in this walk.”

City leaders are encouraging the community to either join them or take their own 10-minute walk to a park and submit photos on social media. 

By joining this walk, the Mayor and Vice-Mayor are partnering with more than 200 mayors across the country to support the ambitious goal that everyone in the country, and all residents of Roanoke, should live within a 10-minute walk of a high-quality park or green space. Learn more by visiting

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