Small-Town Charm, Big-City Amenities

City of Roanoke

Trying to seamlessly blend a community’s historic, small-town charm with all the amenities of a vibrant big city can’t be easy. But Roanoke officials know what their residents want and deserve, and they hold nothing back.

Take their recreation center, for example. Though nearly 20 years old, the 38,000 square-foot indoor-outdoor facility hardly looks its age thanks to continuous updates and a slew of amenities that help it rival anything else like it in the area. Some of the highlights include new cardio equipment for the gym, facelifts to the racquetball courts, a state-of-the-art indoor track, full-size basketball courts, and an indoor walking track that encircles the second level of the gymnasium.

There’s also a children’s activity center and pop-in daycare options for parents who want to squeeze in a quiet workout.

“Our property taxes remain among the lowest in the state. That gives our residents a chance to live in a beautiful, safe community with small-town charm. At the same time, they enjoy big-city amenities like our recreation center, library, senior center, and award-winning events free to the public,” said Diane Rice, Roanoke’s marketing and events coordinator. “We have people moving in every year who want a rec center. It stays pretty busy throughout the year.”

She added, “Roanoke is known for events and food, but our rec center, library, and parks also offer events and recreation throughout the year.”

The recreation center is one piece of a more expansive parks and recreation department headed up by the new director, Ray McDonald. Roanoke’s parks and rec include nine parks, an award-winning skate park, pools, splash pads, and more. So whether your recreation needs are indoor or outdoor, Roanoke has you covered year-round.

“We want to live, work, and play in Roanoke,” Rice said. “It truly is a special place.”

For more information on life in Roanoke, visit their website.

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