by S. Rotan Hale
After years of planning and construction, Roanoke City Parks and Recreation opened a new park in Roanoke. Several City Council members joined Mayor David Bowers and other city officials Saturday, April 12 to cut the ribbon to Countryside Park before a sizable crowd of cheering spectators who welcomed the new facility located just off Cove Road in northwest.
Steve Buschor, Roanoke’s director, Park’s and Recreation praised the new park as part of the City’s initiatives that provide “1,300 programs, leagues and activities offered throughout the area… that’s why parks like this are so vital to the health and well-being of our communities,” he said.
Buschor also praised the success of Roanoke’s 100 Miler, and saluted the more than 1,300 participants, a moderate gathering of which showed up in support of the ribbon cutting. The 100 Miler is the City’s premier active living campaign whereby participants log 100 miles of exercise in 100 days.
The new $1.5-million facility is the City’s first state-of-the-art handicap accessible playground. It is equipped with an interactive gaming system, musical trail, large family open-air picnic shelter that seats 50 and has several outdoor grills.
The park’s high-tech outdoor gaming system combines electronic games with aerobic exercise. The musical trail leads visitors to several outdoor percussion instruments as Pagoda bells and tuned drums. Additionally there is a three-quarter mile fitness trail with nine recreation stations on 33 acres of rolling hills that connect to the area’s Lick Run Greenway.
BLACKSBURG, VA – The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech is doing its part to contribute to the diversity of the veterinary profession. “The number of diverse students in our community has significantly increased over the past two years,” noted Dr. Jacque Pelzer, director of admissions and student services.
With more than a dozen years at Virginia Tech in positions ranging from director of the Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence to interim vice president for diversity and inclusion, Karen Eley Sanders has been named chief diversity officer at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
The three Democratic Party nominees for the May 6 City Council election, Freeda Cathcart, David Trinkle and Linda Wyatt gathered together at Pop’s Ice Cream and Soda Bar in Grandin Village on April 10. Sen. John Edwards led the speakers commending the Democratic nominees and promoting their election on May 6.