ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Star City is putting an additional $2 million into its park system, with an emphasis on deferred maintenance items.

While developing Roanoke Department of Parks and Recreation’s master plan in 2019, officials say they conducted a comprehensive facility assessment and created a prioritized list of maintenance needs. Then, during the 2022 fiscal year, an initial $2.3 million was dedicated to addressing these priorities.

Roanoke City says that the projects included handling six playground replacements, repaving parking lots, resurfacing and/or repurposing athletic courts, and adding benches along greenways, and other work.

With this extra $2 million, Roanoke Parks and Rec will reportedly continue addressing the deferred maintenance needs in the park system.

“Parks are a critical and essential public service. From promoting community wellness and quality family time to improving environmental quality and connecting with nature, parks help build a better, more livable community for all city residents,” said Michael Clark, director of Roanoke Parks and Recreation.

The full list of planned improvements is included below:

  • Belmont Park
    • Playground
    • Accessible path to playground
    • Stair/retaining wall repair
  • Eastgate Park
    • Playground
    • Accessible path to playground
  • Fallon Park
    • Athletic field fencing
    • Athletic field turf
    • Athletic field bleachers
    • Repave/stripe roadway
  • Fishburn Park
    • Playground
  • Freedom Plaza
    • Landscaping replacement
  • Garden City Greenway
    • Painted trail
    • Utility pole removal
  • Historic Fishburn Mansion
    • Repave/stripe parking lot
    • Garden accessibility and landscape improvements
  • Huff Lane Park
    • In-Line skate rink
    • Basketball court
    • Tennis court
  • Kennedy Park
    • Picnic shelter lighting
  • Lick Run Greenway
    • Signage and Paint
  • Mill Mountain Park
    • Timber guardrail along road
    • Accessible bench pads
    • Invasive species removal
  • Morningside Park
    • New parking lot and guardrail
    • Accessible path to community garden
  • River’s Edge Park
    • Athletic field scoreboards
  • Roanoke River Greenway
    • Landscaping improvements
  • Strauss Park
    • Playground
  • Sunrise Park
    • Spring box replacement
  • Wasena Park
    • Parking lot guardrail
  • Washington Park
    • Basketball court guardrail

Officials say they plan to complete — or at least start — these deferred maintenance projects within the fiscal year. However, community members need to keep in mind that timelines change frequently due to a number of factors, such as supply chain delays, outside contractor availability, inflation, and weather