Roanoke Parks AND Recreation

The City of Roanoke’s Department of Parks and Recreation is a full-service, nationally accredited municipal agency that maintains nearly 14,000 acres of public land and provides the Roanoke Valley with thousands of recreational opportunities each year. With 60 parks, five greenways, four plazas, two outdoor swimming pools and seven recreation centers, the department currently employees 62 full-time employees and roughly 158 part-time and seasonal employees. To learn more about the department’s organizational structure, view this chart.



In 2008, Roanoke Parks and Recreation joined an elite group of parks and recreation organizations by earning National Accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The department earned re-accreditation in 2013 and will be reassessed in 2018.

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Roanoke Parks Management

Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s parks division is responsible for maintaining the City of Roanoke’s parks, greenways, urban forestry, horticulture programs, and publicly-owned blueway areas along the Roanoke River, Tinker Creek, Lick Run, Peter’s Creek and Murray Run. The Parks division also supports roughly 100 events, including large festivals, concerts and races, each year. The Roanoke Parks and Recreation parks division is split into three main groups: Park Management, Landscape Management and Urban Forestry.


Roanoke Recreation Management

Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s recreation division delivers over a thousand recreational and educational programs for all ages each year. The recreation division also provides services and activities, such as affordable after school programs, that are designed to support local youth and adolescents. Roanoke Parks and Recreation’s recreation division also manages seven recreation centers, two outdoor swimming pools, athletic fields and natural surface trail maintenance throughout the city and at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. The division also administers the USDA Summer Nutrition Program for non-profit and housing development organizations in Roanoke.

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